Matthew Phillips and Steve Holcome duel for coveted Mika Ahola Trophy
The Mika Ahola ‘Brave One’ Trophy returns in 2017 for its fifth consecutive edition, having been won by Christope Nambotin in its opening year and most recently Eero Remes in 2016. As it currently stands Australian Matthew Phillips holds the equal lead with Steve Holcombe, both on 37 points.
It was in Puerto Lumbreras in the Murcia region of Spain that the 2017 competitors had the chance to do battle for the first KTM Enduro Test of the season, one which proved to be physical and technical on the arid and dusty Spanish soil.
Matthew Phillips (AUS – Sherco) reigning EnduroGP World Champion, took second place on Saturday and a win on Sunday, making him the first leader of the Trophy this season. But he was matched by Steve Holcombe (GB – Beta) who managed to counter the ambitions of the Australian rider.
The Brit joins him at the head of the “Brave One” Trophy standings thanks to his good performance during the weekend (1/2). These two riders gave it their all on the KTM Enduro Test and left no chance for their opponents, thus the pair have taken provisional control of the Mika Ahola “Brave One” Trophy.
Eero Remes (SF – TM), current holder of the Mika Ahola Brave One Trophy belt, is only nine points behind the two leaders and he also offered the Spanish public a fierce fight with Christophe Nambotin (F – KTM) for third place in the standings. Just like Phillips and Holcombe at the top, Remes (4/3) and Nambotin (3/4) draw on points and will head to Spoleto (Italy) on 28 points each.
Loïc Larrieu ARRIEU (F – Yamaha), focused throughout the weekend, completes the top five of the Mika Ahola “Brave One” Trophy. The young new rookie Brad Freeman (GB – Beta) is also in the rankings, he is the only Junior rider to score points in the Trophy during this second round of the World Championship in Puerto Lumbreras.
Although Phillips and Holcombe are top of the leaderboard after the first round of the Trophy at the AMV Seguros GP of Spain, Nambotin showed that he has the capability to fight for first place and win the belt of the Mika Ahola Brave One Trophy once again, as has Eero Remes winner in 2016.
1. Matthew PHILLIPS – 37 points
1. Steve HOLCOMBE – 37
3. Christophe NAMBOTIN – 28
3. Eero REMES – 28
5. Loïc LARRIEU – 22
6. Jamie MCCANNEY – 16
6. Cristobal GUERRERO – 16
8. Josep GARCIA – 12
9. Jaume BETRIU – 10
10. Lorenzo SANTOLINO – 10