BRAD FREEMAN – A ROOKIE ON THE RISE
On the brink of claiming his debut European Enduro Championship, Brad Freeman is one of the rising enduro talents in Britain. In his rookie season abroad, the KTM youngster has impressed with speed, consistency and some standout results.
Entering the final round of the series in the Czech Republic this weekend, Freeman holds a healthy 20-point lead in the Junior Under 20 class aboard his 125 two-stroke. Never falling outside the top three and recording three wins from six starts, Freeman knows that this weekend is the most crucial of them all.
“This race is what the entire season will count for,” told Freeman. “I’m in a perfect position to take the title and I’ll be giving it my best shot to get it done.
“It’s great to have a 20-point lead coming into Czech – it takes the pressure off a little bit. I want to win races but know that winning the championship is the most important thing to do.”
Cutting his teeth in enduro on a 125 two-stroke, Freeman’s enjoying the challenge of the smaller bike…
“I love trying to get the best out of the 125 – they’re an awesome little bike to ride. When everything comes to together and you hit your lines perfectly it’s a fantastic feeling. I’m still fresh into enduro and have a lot to learn. I think staying on the 125 and learning my craft will really help in the future.
“Last year I watched Antoine Meo race and win on a 125 at the final round of the EWC in France. He proved that in the right hands they’re very competitive even among the very best in the world.”
Along with knocking on the door of clinching the Junior U20 title, Freeman is also pushing hard for a top ten result in the overall standings. Steadily climbing the pecking order, he showed his true potential with an incredible runner-up result on day two in Italy.
“Italy was easily my best round of the series to date. I think I had just gained more confidence in myself and in what I could do by that stage in the championship.
“There’s a lot to learn and adapt to racing in the EEC but on day two it all sort of came together. I rode strong all day, made no mistakes and got second.
“I’d loved to show that sort of form again in Czech. I don’t know what the conditions will be like but I’m hoping I’ll adapt quick enough. Firstly my goal is to win my class and then push for an overall result. I’m looking forward to it.”
The fourth and final round of the European Enduro Championship concludes this weekend in Czech Republic, September 6/7.