STEVE HOLCOMBE enjoyed an excellent debut in the Enduro European Championship in Spain.
The 19-year-old from South Molton won his class and was third overall in Antas.
On two days, Holcombe had to tackle three tests – MX with fist-sized rocks, a 150ft climb and deep sand; extreme, high up in the mountains with manmade obstacles; and enduro, similar to Braunton Burrows but rock hard – in seven and a half hours of riding.
To his surprise, Holcombe won the Junior E1 class on day one and was second overall, six seconds behind the leader.
He later learnt he was leading overall until the eventual winner made a do-or-die manoeuvre up a tricky climb and made up 20 seconds.
"I started day two with a target on my back but coped with the pressure well," said Holcombe, who rides for Crescent KTM UK on a 250 EXC-F.
Despite a couple of falls on the second day, he won the class again and was sixth overall, giving him his impressive final result.
"I'm very pleased with my result but it would never have happened if it wasn't for my Mum and Dad, family and friends and a very understanding boss," said Holcombe. "I'm very much looking forward to the next round in Romania (starting on May 31)."
Holcombe, a part-time labourer for Timbertek in Chulmleigh, is a three-time British champion having started racing in schoolboy motocross at 6 and moving into enduro aged 12.