Originally set to take place in Slovakia, round five of the 2017 EnduroGP World Championship touched down in Grevena, northern Greece where the biggest challenge the riders faced was extreme heat. Coming just five days after the GP of Hungary, the EnduroGP class welcomed a new winner, while Beta’s Steve Holcombe extended his lead at the top of the series standings.

Bouncing back from his fourth-place result on day two of the Hungarian GP, Steve Holcombe returned to the top of the EnduroGP podium on day one in Greece, helped in no small part by his speed on the technical extreme test. Pushed all the way by countryman Nathan Watson, Steve wasn’t quite able to make it a double win as Watson rode to his first day win of the year with a deserved win on day two.

The 250cc Enduro 2 class saw the usual names of Josep Garcia and Jamie McCanney share wins as the Spanish and British duo continued their battle for the E2 title. Garcia held the upper hand on day one, but McCanney, as he did in Hungary, was too strong on day two and placed his Yamaha nine seconds clear for the win.

Top honors were also split in the Enduro Junior class where Brit Brad Freeman continued his impressive run of form with victory on day one before Swede Mikael Persson earned his first win of the year on day two.

Steve Holcombe at EnduroGP Greece 2017
With a win on day one and a runner-up result on day two Beta mounted Steve Holcombe continues to lead the EnduroGP World Championship, extending his lead by a handful of points thanks to a solid performance beneath the Greek sun.Future7Media
Nathan Watson at EnduroGP Greece 2017
Putting his early season misfortune and injuries behind him, Nathan Watson showed the kind of form that saw him end 2016 as the world championship’s best performing rookie. Close to winning at the GP of Hungary and on day one in Greece, on day two he proved simply too fast for his EnduroGP class rivals and claimed a comfortable win.Future7Media
Billy Bolt at EnduroGP Greece 2017
More at home competing in events like Erzberg, up-and-coming British hard enduro rider Billy Bolt was drafted into the Rockstar Husqvarna squad in Greece, standing in for injured Frenchman Christophe Charlier. Unable to break into the top 10 on either day, Billy nevertheless gained valuable experience and enjoyed his time in the EnduroGP paddock.Future7Media
Davide Guarneri at EnduroGP Greece 2017
Italian Davide Guarneri is starting to find his feet among the trees as the former MXGP racer challenged for the Enduro 2 class win on both days in Greece. The Honda rider went 3/3 for the weekend and was the only rider to match the pace of Garcia and McCanney.Future7Media
Brad Freeman at EnduroGP Greece 2017
Despite missing the season opener in Finland due to injury, Brad freeman is making a real run for the Enduro Junior championship – closing the gap between himself and leader Davide Soreca to just 17 points with three rounds remaining. In Greece Brad was again fast and consistent and finished with a 1/2 result.Future7Media
Josep Garcia at EnduroGP Greece 2017
Fast. Crash. Fast. Crash. That’s pretty much how Josep Garcia’s weekend in Greece went. Despite his time on the ground he still topped the Enduro 2 class on day one, but didn't quite have enough to win on day two.Future7Media
Jamie McCanney at EnduroGP Greece 2017
Jamie McCanney has started to show that he’s got what it takes to challenge for the Enduro 2 title. One of the fastest riders in the event on the enduro test, Jamie’s certainly built some momentum behind himself during recent GPs. Only time will tell if it’s enough to capture the E2 title.Future7Media
Christophe Nambotin at EnduroGP Greece 2017
It wasn’t a good day at the office for Christophe Nambotin in Greece. Double Enduro 2 class winner at the GP of Hungary, many expected Nambo’ to again be fast. Crashing once too often, and having a big off on the enduro test on day two, the KTM rider could do no better than fifth and ninth.Future7Media
Matthew Phillips at EnduroGP Greece 2017
Matt Phillips – the 2016 EnduroGP World Champion – has had a tough time of things recently, and in Greece he didn't perform much better than at round four in Hungary. With just three rounds of the series remaining and with Matt having not won since round two of the series, time is running out for the Tasmanian to make a run for the EnduroGP title in 2017.Future7Media
Loic Larrieu at EnduroGP Greece 2017
France’s leading rider in the EnduroGP series Loic Larrieu enjoyed another strong GP in Greece, finishing third on both days. With six days of racing to go before the end of the series Loic certainly isn't out of the hunt for the EnduroGP title just yet.Future7Media

Results – 2017 FIM Enduro World Championship, Round 5

Day 1

1. Steve Holcombe (Beta) 57:55.56
2. Nathan Watson (KTM) 58:07.95
3. Loïc Larrieu (Yamaha) 58:40.54
4. Alex Salvini (Beta) 58:49.59
5. Christophe Nambotin (KTM) 58:56.02
6. Jaume Betriu (KTM) 58:56.24
7. Matthew Phillips (Sherco) 59:02.37
8. Mathias Bellino (Husqvarna) 59:47.21
9. Cristobal Guerrero (Yamaha) 1:00:18.33
10. Giacomo Redondi (Honda) 1:00:32.29

Enduro 2
1. Josep Garcia (KTM) 58:08.51
2. Jamie McCanney (Yamaha) 58:26.85
3. Davide Guarneri (Honda) 58:29.82
4. Pascal Rauchenecker (Husqvarna) 58:55.91
5. Eero Remes (TM) 59:14.72
6. Henric Stigell (Husqvarna) 59:23.15
7. Daniel McCanney (Husqvarna) 59:26.06
8. Lorenzo Santolino (Sherco) 59:29.72
9. Daniel Sanders (KTM) 59:46.53
10. Jonathan Barragan (Gas Gas) 1:00:05.62

Day 2

1. Nathan Watson (KTM) 56:54.99
2. Steve Holcombe (Beta) 57:18.76
3. Loïc Larrieu (Yamaha) 57:24.92
4. Alex Salvini (Beta) 57:27.31
5. Jaume Betriu (KTM) 57:30.48
6. Mathias Bellino (Husqvarna) 57:35.87
7. Matthew Phillips (Sherco) 57:39.85
8. Cristobal Guerrero (Yamaha) 58:25.02
9. Christophe Nambotin (KTM) 58:41.81
10. Giacomo Redondi (Honda) 59:02.20

Enduro 2
1. Jamie McCanney (Yamaha) 57:08.73
2. Josep Garcia (KTM) 57:17.72
3. Davide Guarneri (Honda) 57:32.57
4. Eero Remes (TM) 57:45.44
5. Pascal Rauchenecker (Husqvarna) 57:52.92
6. Jonathan Barragan (Gas Gas) 57:55.34
7. Daniel McCanney (Husqvarna) 58:02.10
8. Daniel Sanders (KTM) 58:28.54
9. Henric Stigell (Husqvarna) 58:33.47
10. Manuel Monni (TM) 58:54.93

Championship Standings (After Round 5)

1. Steve Holcombe (Beta) 214pts
2. Loic Larrieu (Yamaha) 186
3. Christophe Nambotin (KTM) 169
4. Nathan Watson (KTM) 164
5. Matthew Phillips (Sherco) 160
6. Giacomo Redondi (Honda) 129
7. Cristobal Guerrero (Yamaha) 121
8. Alex Salvini (Beta) 112
9. Jaume Betriu (KTM) 108
10. Deny Phillipaerts (Beta) 92

Enduro 2
1. Josep Garcia (KTM) 223pts
2. Jamie McCanney (Yamaha) 211
3. Eero Remes (TM) 199
4. Pascal Rauchenecker (Husqvarna) 170
5. Daniel McCanney (Husqvarna) 138
6. Henric Stigell (Husqvarna) 128
7. Daniel Sanders (KTM) 126
8. Davide Guarneri (Honda) 125
9. Thomas Oldrati (Husqvarna) 119
10. Jonathan Barragan (Gas Gas) 116