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Cycle News 2023 Issue 18 May 9

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Freeman, Garcia Reign In Spain B rad Freeman and Josep Gar- cia came away with wins in round two of the FIM EnduroGP Championship in Spain, May 5-7. The home favorite, Garcia, got things started by winning Friday evening's Akrapovic Super Test. The Red Bull KTM Team rider, Garcia, came in hot, topping Beta Factory Racing teammates Freeman and Steve Holcombe. But it was close. Garcia nipped Freeman by just 0.7 seconds ahead of the two Betas. Sherco's Hamish MacDonald was just 0.05 of a second behind Hol - comb in fourth. Junior-class win- ner Sergio Navarro (Husqvarna) was fifth overall. Garcia was hoping to ride his winning momentum through Saturday's first full day of the GP and it looked as though he would at first, charging to a quick 12-second lead over his rivals. In rainy conditions, Garcia looked good, but as the sun came out and the traction improved, Free- man started to close the gap. Small crashes and minor errors in the final loop ended up costing Garcia the day's victory. Instead, it was the Brit, Freeman, who came out on top. "It's awesome to get my third win in a row," said Freeman who won both days at the Italian round a few weeks earlier. "It's been a good day at the office. The rain this morning made conditions tricky. It wasn't overly muddy, just slippery, and I found it hard to judge. After lap one there was a better racing line settled in." "I really wanted that victory, but I just missed out on the final lap," said Gomaz. "I had some small crashes that cost me, and Brad got too far away." Holcombe had a battle on his hands for third with GasGas rider Andrea Verona. The Brit, Holcombe, ended up getting on WIND IN THE P56 Beta's Brad Freeman was a double winner at the EnduroGP of Spain. PHOTOS: FUTURE7MEDIA

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