2018 FIM E1 Enduro World Champion
Born on 5 July 1996 in Rugeley, Great Britain
FREEMAN TAKES FLIGHT
Brad Freeman (Beta Boano) sensationally claimed the FIM E1 Enduro World Championship in his first season at senior level, at the end of an incredible year that also him finish runner-up in the elite EnduroGP category. The British youngster, who won the FIM Junior Enduro World Championship title in 2017, made the step up in 2018 with little to prove and everything to learn – or so it seemed.
However, it took the 22-year-old just three rounds to take his first E1 victory in Portugal, overcoming early championship rival Jamie McCanney (Yamaha) on a memorable second day in Castelo Branco. Prior to that McCanney had taken four victories from five days of competition, with Eemil Pohjola (Gas Gas) taking the other on home turf at the opening round in Finland.
Once Freeman broke his duck, though, there was no looking back and his first E1 success was immediately followed at the next round in Estonia by a maiden overall EnduroGP victory that established him as a threat to Steve Holcombe (Beta) in the elite category.
An E1 double in Tallin was then added to with further doubles in Trentino, Edolo and Methamis, setting up a title shot at the final round in Rüdersdorf. Freeman took his chance with both hands in Germany, sealing a tenth straight victory on the opening day to leave McCanney with no response.
Signing off with another win on day two, Freeman ensured that he’d amassed more World Championship points in 2018 than any other rider, whilst second place for McCanney on both days secured the runner-up position for the Brit. Two fourth places for Antoine Basset (Gas Gas) sealed third overall for the Frenchman.
2 World titles – 2017 (Junior) 2018 (E1)
2017 FIM Junior Enduro World Champion
FREEMAN TAKES JUNIOR CROWN
Brad Freeman (Beta) emerged victorious from one of the closest title battles in the Enduro discipline in 2017 as he claimed the FIM Junior Enduro World Championship by just four points from Davide Soreca (Honda). The British youngster missed the first round of the series in Helsinki, where Italy's Soreca finished second to local Finnish wildcard Eemil Pohjola (Husqvarna), but came roaring back to score maximum points at round two in Spain.
After that Soreca was only able to topple Freeman from the top of the podium on one further occasion, on day one of his home round in Spoleto, Italy, whilst Swedish pair Albin Elowson (Husqvarna) and Mikael Persson (Yamaha) also took a day win apiece, as Freeman dominated the remainder of the season and closed to within four points of the championship summit going into the final round in Zschopau, Germany.
With Soreca only managing third on the first day behind Elowson and the victorious Freeman, the battle went down to the very last special tests. However, just when it looked like Freeman had done enough to win, having opened up a healthy lead with just one lap remaining, a rear brake issue during the final enduro and extreme tests saw Soreca close to within five seconds with just the final motocross test remaining. Under extreme pressure, Freeman responded with the second outright fastest time, topping the special test, the day and with it the championship.
World title – 2017