Taking nothing away from Grant Martin (#36) who is running the world’s most successful XG750 – or Lee “KP” Kirkpatrick (#152) who battled for the lead through the main event, before pushing that little bit too hard on the final lap – DTRA Scholarship Rider, 20-year old Business Management Masters Student, Leah Tokelove (#37) capitalised on KP’s slip to take second place at the head of the three Scout pack, followed closely by Jonathan Falkman (#50) and Chris Hatton (#170).
Already competitive in the DTRA Pro Class 450, 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 to!”
It’s indicative of the camaraderie among these riders – and the spirit of the event – that once back in the pit lane, Leah Tokelove made a beeline for Grant Martin to congratulate him on the win, and the only thing more important was making sure that Lee Kirkpatrick was okay when he returned from the track.
Kings Lynn results:
- Grant Martin (#36 Harley-Davidson)
- Leah Tokelove (#37 Indian)
- Jonathan Falkman (#50 Indian)
- Chris Hatton (#170 Indian)
- Max Hunt (#243 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 5.
Make a weekend of it and enjoy the atmosphere!