Indian Motorcycle European Championship Contenders Double Up

Greenfield Dirt Track, the home of UK Dirt Track Racing, was the final round in the Indian Motorcycle European championships. With an entry list of over 150 riders traveling from Mainland Europe and the UK, the weekend was set to be a fantastic climax to the 2019 season.

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In an action-packed Hooligan Championship final, Indian riders Tokelove and Kirkpatrick battled hard against a determined field of international riders, with racing incidents and two re-starts knocking both Indian riders out of contention. (Photo: Indian Motorcycle)
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Despite those incidents, Leah Tokelove’s consistent riding throughout the Championship enabled her to finish second overall in the European standing. (Photo: Tom Bing)

Gary Birtwistle continued his winning form in the Hooligan class and managed to take another top step on the podium to firm up his first place in the UK and European Championship. Italian rider Jacapo Monti managed to secure second place on the box ahead of Peter Boast in third.

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Leah’s Krazy Horse team mate Lee Kirkpatrick rounded out the Hooligan European Podium in third overall. (Photo: Indian Motorcycle)

Spanish rider Ferran Sastre not only won the final round of the DTRA Flat Track Nationals this weekend, he also secured his place at the top of the standings in the Pro Class of the DTRA’s first ever European Championship. With this win he also secured his place to race in the USA with the Motoanatomy Team headed by Johnny Lewis.

A guest appearance from BSB riders Tim and Tom Neave was not enough to upset the dominance of the Spanish riders. Both Tim and Tom managed to win semi-final races but neither were able to upset the top three riders in the final. Tim Neave looked promising in the final until a hard move in turn three saw him take down a bunch of riders resulting in a restart. Sastre led the restart from lap one to win with fellow Team Greenfield riders Gerard Bailo and Toby Hales rounding out the top three.

The Vintage class had over thirty riders taking part. Anthony Brown rode consistently all day, won the final, and also secured the European Championship. Sean Kelly followed in second and Dimitri Coste in third. This meant that Swiss rider Michel Colaizzi’s fourth place in the final was enough to secure a second place in the European Championships with Martin Huning finishing third overall.

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