For the 9th year running, the Mika Ahola “Brave One” Trophy will honour the fastest rider in the Champion Enduro Tests over the the 4 Grand Prix of the season. This highly coveted belt-like trophy created in 2012 to honour the late legend Mika AHOLA (SF) is prized by all the riders and it was hotly contested during the first two rounds of 2020!
Who will be able to stop Steve HOLCOMBE (GB – Beta)? That’s the question everyone is asking as the Brit has been the belt holder for three years already!
In France and Italy, it was Brad FREEMAN (GB – Beta) who answered back to his compatriot, perfectly managing these back-to-back race (1-3-1-2). The 2019 EGP World Champion therefore takes control of the Brave One standings and is 13 points ahead of HOLCOMBE! The Beta Factory rider might have had a smaller deficit if he hadn’t suffered a mishap in the French Enduro Test on Sunday (2-9-3-1).
Behind, we find the Italian Enduro 1 due of Thomas OLDRATI (Honda) and Andrea VERONA (TM) who assert themselves as the strongest rivals to their British counterparts.
But the surprise of this France – Italy tour came from the 125cc Youth World Champion, Hamish MAC DONALD (NZ – Sherco) who impressed and carved his way into the Top 5 of the Trophy standings to the detriment of pilots such as Loïc LARRIEU (F – TM), Antoine MAGAIN (B – Sherco) and Jaume BETRIU (E – KTM).
Finally, while FREEMAN and HOLCOMBE shared the victories, Junior rider Théo ESPINASSE (F – Sherco) severely threatened them on his brilliant second day of racing in Réquista, France!
The 9th edition of the Mika Ahola “Brave One” Trophy is well and truly underway and while it seems that we are heading towards a new duel between FREEMAN and HOLCOMBE, you can’t count out OLDRATI, VERONA, LARRIEU and MACDONALD, who are all ready to take advantage of the slightest mistake to close the points gap! See you in Marco de Canaveses in Portugal on the weekend of November 7th and 8th for Act 3!
Provision Classification: 1. Brad FREEMAN 72pts ; 2. Steve HOLCOMBE 59pts; 3. Thomas OLDRATI 53pts; 4. Andrea VERONA 47pts; 5. Hamish MAC DONALD 45pts; 6. Loïc LARRIEU 40pts; 7. Antoine MAGAIN 35pts; 8. Jaume BETRIU 31pts; 9. Théo ESPINASSE 30pts; 10. Christophe CHARLIER 17pts…