The ‘Indian Motorcycle Hooligan Championship’ got underway at Norfolk Arena, Kings Lynn on Saturday April 7th, alongside the DTRA’s popular ‘Indian Motorcycle Flat Track Nationals’ Pro Series.
Scout Hooligans were out in force at the weekend as Krazy Horse, of Bury St Edmunds, supported four riders competing for the Indian Motorcycle sponsored Hooligan title; Jonathan Falkman, Lee Kirkpatrick, Chris Hatton and Leah Tokelove.
Twenty-year-old Business Management Masters student Leah Tokelove (#37) joined the 2018 Indian Hooligan team as a supported DTRA scholarship rider, following her rise to the DTRA’s Pro class in 2017, where she rides a 450.
The Indian Motorcycle Hooligan Class represented an all new challenge for her as “Street Bike Racing” racing rules allow only lightly modified 750cc twins and above, all road based machines, to battle it out on the shale ovals.
Leah entered the first Hooligan race heats at Kings Lynn having had just one Saturday afternoon of practice with the Krazy Horse prepared 200kg, 999cc Indian Scout Sixty Hooligan at her home circuit, Greenfield Dirt Track.
From heat one at Kings Lynn Leah looked comfortable on the bike, laying down faster and faster laps to qualify for the final; where she picked off her opponents while calmly building pace to claim the fastest lap of 18.013, giving her a half a second advantage on her closest rival. Moving to P2 on the final lap, Leah secured a solid podium on her first outing, clearly showing her intent for the forthcoming Hooligan season.
Speaking after the final, Leah said: “It’s been an amazing day, I can’t thank Indian and Krazy Horse enough, the bike performed faultlessly all evening and I’m stoked to be able to put the Indian on the podium. It’s a massive difference to riding my pro-bike and there is some tough competition; with a bit more bike time I hope to really get up there – I’m buzzing to be honest – we’ve a lot to look forward too!”
Kings Lynn results:
1st Grant Martin (Harley-Davidson)
2nd Leah Tokelove (Indian)
3rd Jonathan Falkman (Indian)
4th Chris Hatton (Indian)
5th Max Hunt (Ducati)
The next Hooligan round takes place at ‘Hells Race’ at the Lelystad Speedway in the Netherlands on May 6th with a practice day on May 5th. Make a weekend of it and enjoy the atmosphere!
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In the image galleries, Leah Tokelove has the number 37 race plate.
Embed a video of Round 1 from here.
Previous press releases:
28th March Hooligan racers named
HOOLIGAN CHAMPIONSHIP DATES
May 5 & 6 Hells Race Speedway Leylstad, Netherlands
May 19 & 20 MCN Festival Peterborough Showground, UK
August 18 DIRTQUAKE Arena Essex, UK
Find out more about all the race classes and dates at www.dirttrackriders.co.uk
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ABOUT THE DTRA
The Dirt Track Riders Association is run by riders and racers to promote European Flat Track racing. The series has grown year on year and is gaining popularity with riders from all disciplines of motorcycle sport from Rookie riders to Pro racers. Racing classes mean racing is open to many different levels of riders and types of bike. The DTRA has been instrumental in growing all forms of Dirt Track Racing outside of the USA and the UK scene has grown to be the second largest outside North America.
ABOUT INDIAN MOTORCYCLE
Indian Motorcycle Company, a wholly owned subsidiary of Polaris Industries Inc. (NYSE: PII), is America’s First Motorcycle Company. Founded in 1901, Indian Motorcycle has won the hearts of motorcyclists around the world and earned distinction as one of America’s most legendary and iconic brands through unrivalled racing dominance, engineering prowess and countless innovations and industry firsts. Today that heritage and passion is reignited under new brand stewardship. To learn more, please visit www.indianmotorcycle.eu
External Relations Manager (UK)