Indian Motorcycles DTRA Nationals and Hooligans Round 1 - Race Report and Results

Updated: Jun 12, 2019

The 2019 DTRA Nationals and Hooligans championships, supported by Indian Motorcycles, kicked off (as is now tradition) at the Adrian Flux Arena, King’s Lynn over the weekend of 13th and 14th April. The spectacular racing from contenders old and new - and on their equally spectacular, old and new machines - promises that we’re in for another memorable year, which is bound to be full of surprises.

A sun (and dust)-drenched weekend of riding in King's Lynn.

Here’s your round-up of Round 1 of these two championships, along with the results from each class so you know who to keep your eye on as the season progresses.

Saturday - Adult Inters, Pros and Hooligans

A record entry of Inter and Pro riders lined up for the first round of the 2019 series, with a total of 62 riders battling to qualify for 32 places in the main event. Riders from Spain, Holland, France and Italy took to the track alongside the UK riders to give the event an international feel.

The practice and qualifying races was dominated by the Greenfield Dirt Track team who took the top 3 spots as we headed into the evening programme. But it was Gary Birtwistle (#11) who was able to take a convincing win in the main event, leading from the second lap until the chequered flag.

Gary Birtwistle on his Evolve Motorsports CRF450, starting the season on a high with the Pro win.

Toby Hales, the current Pro number one, had an unlucky fall which saw him drop a lap down. It was Spanish riders Gerard Bailo (#17) and Ferran Sastre (#215) who were left to challenge Birtwistle for the rest of the race, with Franc Serra (#15) running 4th - rounding out a Spanish 2nd, 3rd and 4th finish, and proving that our home-grown Pro riders shouldn’t get too comfortable just yet.

The Inter class was also hotly contested with Simon Parkin (#139) making his way all the way through to the last-chance qualifier of the main event and taking a well deserved top step on the podium, followed by ‘Texas’ Chris Jenner (#134) in 2nd place and Conrad Little (#69) in 3rd.

Spanish rider, Gerard Bailo, who took 2nd place in Pros.

Pro results

  1. Gary Birtwistle

  2. Gerard Bailo

  3. Ferran Sastre

  4. Franc Serra

  5. Maikel Dijkstra

Adult Inters results

  1. Simon Parkin

  2. Chris Jenner

  3. Conrad Little

In the Hooligans class it was our man of the meeting, and defending champion, Gary Birtwistle who led from the start. He was under pressure from a group of riders, but it was Max Hunt (#243) who managed to break away behind him, with an epic battle for the remaining podium spot between Vinnie Snell (#148), Leah Tokelove (#37) and her Krazy Horse teammate, Lee Kirkpatrick. It was Tokelove who managed to make her moves stick and take the third spot on the podium.

Our 'Hooligan with Pigtails', Leah Tokelove holds fast to take 3rd place in the Hooligan class.

Hooligan results

  1. Gary Birtwistle

  2. Max Hunt

  3. Leah Tokelove

  4. Lee Kirkpatrick

  5. Vinnie Snell

Click here to view Saturday’s full results on Speedhive.

Sunday - Youths, Minibikes, Rookies, Thunderbike and Vintage

Day two at the Adrian Flux Arena saw 120 riders take their places in over 60 races for the remaining classes.

Our Youth classes continue to grow in size every year, and some new riders really helped to add to the fun.

Youth Junior results

  1. Wyatt Hopkins

  2. Oscar Osbourne Wilkes

  3. Alfie Croft

Youth Inters results

  1. Thomas Hunt

  2. Charlie Kelly

  3. Dan Mason

Youth Senior results

  1. Jack Bell

  2. Archie May

  3. Luke Gardner

All 3 bikes on the Minibike Modified class podium were Sunday Motors, as YCF’s Freddy Trott Jnr (#253) took the top spot, followed by Dimitri Coste (#67) and Franck Casoli (#23).

Minibike Modified results

  1. Freddy Trott Jnr

  2. Dimitri Coste

  3. Franc Casoli

Next up, in Stock Minibikes, close racing continued to be the signature of this class. Dakar rider Max Hunt took 1st, with ex-British Superbikes rider Paul Young (#75) hot on his heels.

Champions Flat Track School Minibike Stock results

  1. Max Hunt

  2. Paul Young

  3. Jez Scott

In the Rookies class, 38 riders - some of whom were competing for the first time - did battle over three heats to qualify for the final. It was James Smith (#143) who took the class win ahead of Liam Worton (#167) who is returning from a year off from racing, with newcomer Fabio Gomes (#71) on a rented bike completing the podium.

Rookie winner, James Smith leading the way.

Rookie results

  1. James Smith

  2. Liam Worton

  3. Fabio Gomes

The Thunderbike class saw a stacked grid of 26 600cc and above machines battling out for a 12 rider final. It was great to see the return of Tom Clemans (#42) who led the final from beginning to end. There was an epic battle behind him for the 2nd and 3rd spots between Jon Bell (#18) and Dan Ridge (#28), but it was Ridge who managed to hold off Bell for the second spot.

Tom Clemans, Round 1 Thunderbikes winner.

Sportax Thunderbike results

  1. Tom Clemans

  2. Dan Ridge

  3. Jon Bell

Some impressive new vintage bikes and riders made for a really exciting start to the 2019 season. Ross Jackson (#130), who missed much of the 2018 season due to work commitments, rode fantastically all day to win both the Two Stroke class and the overall top spot in the final, followed by Mike Fisher (#80) and Sean Kelly (#33).

Lucia Aucott debuts her Ossa in the Vintage Four stroke class.

The Four Stroke class was won by veteran rider Paul Harrison (#4), who was followed home by Carl Swateridge (#257) and Jon Dyer (#101).

Sideburn Vintage results

Two Stroke

  1. Ross Jackson

  2. Mike Fisher

  3. Sean Kelly

Four Stroke

  1. Paul Harrison

  2. Carl Swateridge

  3. Jon Dyer

Click here to view Sunday’s full results on Speedhive.

Thank you to all of our riders and spectators that joined us for Round 1 of the Nationals championship, we’re pleased to say that it was a really smooth weekend and everyone went home safely, and many with big smiles on their faces. The next race will be Round 1 of our brand new Euros championship (incorporating Round 2 of our Hooligans championship) at Hells Race, Speedway Lelystad, Netherlands - click here to find out more and to sign up if you plan to race.

We’ve also just opened entries for Round 2 of the Nationals championship, which will be taking place at the MCN Festival of Motorcycling, Peterborough, on May 18th and 19th - click here to sign up for Round 2 now. We’ll be publishing a blog post with all the essential information you need ahead of that round very soon.

Until then, be sure to follow us here on the blog, and on our Facebook and Instagram while you get yourselves and your motorcycles ready for more racing, and we’ll see you at the races.

Pictures by Tom Bing, Braking Point Images and Steve Cain.

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