Flushed with their success from last year’s DTRA Hooligan series, Indian in the UK are not only sponsoring the entire DTRA championship, but are sponsoring two DTRA Scholarship Riders to ride Indian Scout Sixty models in this year’s Hooligan series.
They will join the Krazy Horse Race Team’s Lee Kirkpatrick and Jonathan Falkman as the four official Indian Motorcycle-supported entries, on machines prepared by the expert team at Krazy Horse.
Leah Tokelove has come up through the ranks as a junior rider and she completed her first season in the DTRA Pro class in 2017. Leah is a well-respected rider who is always in the running near the front of the pack, her fast and smooth riding style developed over numerous seasons of racing on the beach during the winter and Flat Track during the summer. Leah is the real deal and an inspiration to women in motorcycle sport.
Commenting on her Scholarship ride Leah said: “I started riding at 5-years-old on a PW50, then progressed to riding a KLX110. My Dad asked me if I’d like to enter Mablethorpe Beach Race at 13-years-old on a RM85. After progressing to a 125 I discovered Flat Track and fell in love with the sport, now I ride a 450 KTM in the Pro Class. The Hooligan’s are my next challenge, the Scout is a much bigger bike; the biggest I’ve ever ridden, so it’s going to be a challenge for me. I’m really excited by the prospect of it; there is a lot to look forward too.”
The other DTRA Scholarship Rider, Chris Hatton, is a Professional Tattooist and now in his second season riding with the DTRA. His roots are in motocross and custom bike building and he rode his homemade 600cc Rotax Thunderbike to a solid championship position in the 2017 Thunderbike Class.
“Racing with the DTRA is so refreshing after coming from motocross, with everyone being so helpful and welcoming,” said Chris. “Being given the chance to race an Indian Scout in the 2018 championship has lit a fire under me, the exposure this will bring to the club and the sport with be second to none. The bike has a lot of torque down at the bottom – this is going to be good!”
Lee “KP” Kirkpatrick, Krazy Horse Race Team, returns for his second season piloting the Krazy Horse Hooligans that he helped to develop. Lee spends his working life as a full-time Technician with Krazy Horse in Bury St Edmunds. No stranger to the racing life, winner of the 2017 Malle Mile, Lee cut his teeth in Motocross and rides the dirt most weekends.
Lee commented: “It’s great to be able to push the Indian Scout Sixty beyond its factory design and there is no denying that the Scout Sixty is a big bike on the dirt. Its weight can be an advantage to lay down that silky smooth power from the 999cc V-twin. I’m really looking forward to returning to the track, having learnt a lot about the bikes capabilities and set-up last season, it’s going to be really good fun, we’ve got some great people around us.”
Jonathan Falkman, Krazy Horse Race Team, hails from Malmo in Sweden and his riding career began in youth motocross before progressing to Sweden’s active custom scene; where he’s well respected for building some mean old skool choppers and pushing them to the limit in the name of fun and good times. As well as riding in the DTRA Hooligan championship, Jonathan will also be riding in the new Swedish Hooligan Championship and in El Rollo Flat Track race held during Wheels & Waves in June.
“It’s a real privilege to be riding an Indian Motorcycle,” Jonathan says. “If I do something I like to do it right, but always remember that we are here to have fun: like putting on a good show for the spectators, so that they can enjoy the racing as much as I do.”
All four Indian team riders bonded with each other and their machines at a pre-season warm up session at Peter Boast’s Champions Flat Track School and they’ve come away feeling ready for the first round at the Adrian Flux Arena in Kings Lynn, which will be held under floodlights on Saturday night, 7th April. Spectators are welcome and it’s free to watch.
Hooligan class rules are simple to keep costs down and fabrication to a minimum. Riders must use a lightly modified street bike with 750cc engines and up and fitted with flat track tyres.
The Indian Motorcycle DTRA Hooligan Championship finale at Dirtquake in August will see the overall champion presented with a brand new Indian Scout Sixty – so there really is all to play for.
HOOLIGAN CHAMPIONSHIP DATES
April 7 Adrian Flux Arena, Kings Lynn, UK
May 5 & 6 Hells Race, Speedway Leylstad, Netherlands
May 19 & 20 MCN Festival, Peterborough Showground, UK
August 18 DIRTQUAKE, Arena Essex, UK