2017 FIM EnduroGP World Champion
Born on 16 May 1994 in Barnstaple, Great Britain
HOLCOMBE BEATS ALLCOMERS
Steve Holcombe (Beta) claimed his second Enduro title in as many years when he clinched the coveted FIM EnduroGP World Championship at the final round in Germany in October. In just his second season as a full-time rider, Holcombe backed up his surprise 2016 E3 title with another sensational campaign, clinching Enduro's premier-class crown in style with his fifth victory of the year at Zschopau.
With EnduroGP established as a standalone category in 2017, as opposed to the title going to the cumulative best of E1, E2 and E3 like last year, Holcombe established his intentions with second place at an opening round won by home wildcard Antti Hellsten (Husqvarna) in Finland, after a close battle with defending champion Matt Phillips (Sherco), who took third.
Holcombe and Phillips again went head-to-head at the next round in Spain, joined by three-time former World Champion Christophe Nambotin (KTM) in a thrilling three-way battle that eventually went the way of the Australian. Frenchman Loic Larrieu (Yamaha) then took a special first EnduroGP win for him and Yamaha at the GP of Italy as Holcombe extended his championship lead in second place. The Brit was again second to Nathan Watson (KTM) in Greece and when he took a third day win of the season in Portugal he had one hand on the trophy.
A sensational performance in his home round, a unique Enduro Sprint at Hawkstone Park, when he dominated each of the six runs, gave Holcombe a forty-point advantage going into the final round. Far from riding within himself to secure a safe title, the 27-year-old headed off the challenge of Nambotin and Larrieu to finish with a flourish.
2 Word titles – 2016, 2017
2016 FIM E3 Enduro World Champion
ALL HAIL HOLCOMBE
Steve Holcombe (Beta) announced his arrival as Enduro's newest star, clinching the FIM E3 Enduro World Championship and even challenging for the EnduroGP title in his debut season. The 22-year-old Brit stepped up from the FIM Junior Enduro World Championship after finishing third in 2015, convincing Beta to team him up with former FIM E2 Enduro World Champions Johnny Aubert and Alex Salvini for 2016. The pair's experience rubbed off on the newcomer, who took three day wins from the opening two rounds to claim a surprise lead in the championship.
Holcombe proved his early form was no fluke over the remainder of the season, taking a further nine wins including three doubles in Sweden, Italy and France. The first day of that final round at Cahors proved to be his title-clinching ride, taking the lead on the opening lap and leaving title rivals Manuel Monni (TM) and team-mate Aubert in his wake. Third place for Aubert meant that the 36-year-old had completed a famous championship one-two for Beta, with Monni following up his second place with fourth on day two to seal his career-best championship finish in third.
Holcombe's day two victories in Portugal and Italy, as well as his double in Sweden, were all good enough for maximum EnduroGP points, propelling him onto the championship podium in the historic first season for the new series.