Showtime for Bailo! Indian Motorcycle Flat Track Nationals Round Two – Race Report
The Motorcycle News Festival of Motorcycling is an incredible weekend filled with all things motorcycling. The East of England Showground has a dirt track stadium right in the heart of the venue. 300 tonnes of new dirt had been added to the track ahead of Round Two of the Flat Track Nationals and the venue was in prime condition for the event.
Images courtesy of Tom Bing
The unpredictable weather made for a frustrating start to the two days of racing. Some of the Saturday racing including the Hooligan races and Dirtquake demos had to be cancelled due to consistent rain during the day. However, by the time the main event was due to start things had improved and the track staff had worked hard to provide a circuit that was in prime condition for the evening schedule.
AFT National number 10 Johnny Lewis, who had been touring Europe for the past three weeks promoting the sport and offering training schools lined up with some of the best riders in Europe to provide a heavy hitting line up for the main event.
Timed Qualifying saw the Spanish Team Greenfield rider Gerard Bailo set the fastest lap ahead of Lewis and fellow Spanish rider Ferran Sastre.
By the time the competitors lined for the final, there were six riders who had really shown they had ability to win. As the green light came on it was the American Lewis who took the holeshot followed by British rider Rob Mear. Sastre and Bailo worked their way up the field and headed towards Lewis. As the race headed towards the closing laps the top three riders were swapping places on each corner but a crash at the rear of the field caused a red flag and the race was stopped with three laps to go. The result was declared on lap twelve with Gerard Bailo taking the win.
1 – Gerard Bailo
2- Ferran Sastre
3 – Johnny Lewis
4- Toby Hales
5 – Rob Mear
The DTRA Hooligan classes were a victim of the weather on Saturday. Sundays action more than made up it with a really dominant performance from Gary Birtwistle leading from beginning to end although he was under constant pressure from Max Hunt. A red flag caused a restart from a line out and left Indian scout rider Leah Tokelove having to fight her way back from behind Grant Martin to take a well deserved third place. Next up for the Hooligans will be the European Championship at El Rollo in Spain on the 15th June followed by Round Five of the Flat Track Nationals at Dirtquake in Eastbourne 10th August.
1 – Gary Birtwistle
2 – Max Hunt
3 – Leah Tokelove
4 – Grant Martin
5 – James Jordan