A clean sweep for the British rider from the Beta Factory Team in the E3 class of the EnduroGP at the first round of the 2023 EnduroGP in Italy.
Brad Freeman has started the 2023 season like a rocket, authoritatively beating all his rivals at the Italian GP. In the overall EnduroGP Scratch classification, Freeman won both races, by 24 seconds on the first day and 16 seconds on the second. In addition, in his E3 class, he was more than one minute ahead of his nearest challenger. It is worth noting that Freeman uses Galfer brake components on his Beta, specifically the fixed slotted “Disc Wave®” (DF814RW) at the front, together with the fixed solid disc (DF815WLL) at the rear and Racing G1396R sintered brake pads. In the same category, Italy’s Matteo Cavallo (TM-Boano) and France’s Antoine Magain (Sherco CH) made it onto the third step of the podium on both days of competition. Meanwhile, Australia’s Daniel Milner (TM-Boano) was 5th and 6th Italy’s Morgan Lesiardo (Sherco CH) 6th and 7th and Spain’s Jaume Betriu (WP Eric Auge) 8th and 9th in E3.
In the E2 category, Steve Holcombe (Beta Factory Team) and Hamish Macdonald (Sherco CH) also made the podium. Holcombe finished second on both days, while Macdonald was third, also twice. In addition, Steve Holcombe managed to take third place on the EnduroGP podium. Meanwhile, a recent injury prevented Australia’s Wil Ruprecht, who was world champion in 2022, from starting the season in the best physical condition, has relegated him to ninth place in his category.
In E1, young Frenchman Zach Pichon made his debut in the new category with victory on the first day and fourth place on the second, which places him second overall. Matteo Pavoni (TM-Boano) took two 6th places in Italy.
In the Junior category, named “Galfer Junior Class”, young German rider Jeremy Sydow (Sherco CH) took a podium and a victory, showing himself as a strong candidate for the overall title.
And in the women’s category, good performances from the Galfer representatives of the Rieju team, with Spanish rider Mireia Badia taking 4th and 2nd place and British rider Rosie Rowett finishing 5th on both days.
The next EnduroGP event will be held in Lalín (Spain) from 5 to 7 May.