BETA WINS 2018 ENDUROGP, ENDURO JUNIOR AND MANUFACTURER'S WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
A sensational years racing has seen Beta's Factory Racing Team with Steve Holcombe aboard his Beta RR300 Racing win the premier ENDUROGP World Championship. To top the season off, Boano's Beta Racing Team with Brad Freeman, also riding a Beta RR300 Racing, won the ENDURO JUNIOR World Championship. The outstanding year's results combined to make BETA the MANUFACTURER'S WORLD CHAMPIONS.
Steve has dominated the championship and only required 10 points from the last 2 rounds in Germany to win the championship but, with typical determination, Steve resoundingly won the last 2 rounds outright. The EnduroGP win follows Steve and Beta's ENDURO E3 and MANUFACTURER'S win in 2017.
Brad, riding for the hugely successful Boano Beta Racing Team, went into the last 2 rounds 1 point behind the leader but also won both of the last 2 rounds of the Championship to seize the title.
The domination of Beta over the Championship resulted in them being declared the Manufacturers World Champions for the second year in a row ahead of KTM in second and Yamaha in third.
Steve Holcombe: “It feels so good to be able to call myself a double enduro world champion. Winning my first title last year was incredible – something I will never forget – but claiming the EnduroGP title this year means so, so much. I’d hoped to wrap up the title in the UK, at my home round of the series, but to win here in Germany with so many true enduro fans is incredible. I’ve had such an enjoyable season – battling with Matt Phillips, Loic Larrieu, Nathan Watson and Christophe Nambotin has been so much fun. I always knew that to win this year I’d have to be even better prepared than I was in 2016. It’s been a lot of work, focus and preparation, but it’s been so worth it.
The special tests and the trails here in Zschopau were really cool – real enduro. Winning the championship by topping the EnduroGP podium makes this just that little bit more special. I want to say a huge thanks to my Beta team and all of my sponsors and supporters, their encouragement has had a hugely positive impact on my season. Now it’s time to celebrate…”