It was not the happiest person at the other end of the line. A few days after his birthday, Tane Leok would much rather have been celebrating a great outing at the motocross GP of France. Instead, he battled through a tough race weekend at St Jean D’Angely, and although he managed to hold on to tenth position in the world championship rankings, the frustration was shallow in his voice as he recalled his race weekend.
Coming off a second place finish at the Belgian Championship opener, the Estonian hoped that he had done enough to get into race rhythm and get all the lingering, creaking injuries smoothed over. He’s had varied results in the past at the spectacular French track, but a race is a race, and the track is the same for all the riders, so he figuratively rolled up his sleeves and got to work.
After securing the tenth gate for the qualifying race, Tanel delivered some consistency in the qualifying department, finishing tenth in his race as well. He rolled his Rockstar Energy-fueled Suzuki into action in 12th spot, and although his lap times were in the ballpark, he found it difficult to pass. He tried all he might, all the while being mindful not to make a mistake on this challenging track, which has the propensity to rear up and strike at the unwary. He completed his race in 12th position, keeping the world championship scoring machine clicking.
The bane of Tanel’s armoury, his starts, placed him at a disadvantage at the beginning of the second race. From just inside the top 20, his had to play a game of catch-up, and he was less than happy with his final finishing position in 16th spot. With fourteen points added to his tally, he was fifteenth overall for the day, short of his objective to be in the top 10 at every Grand Prix. With a total score of 121 points, he still holds steady in tenth position in the world rankings, and will look to deliver the kind of results he is capable of at the next world championship event in Agueda, Portugal.
A GOOD FEW PEOPLE MADE IT THROUGH THE TURNSTILES
THE WHEELS SCRABBLE FOR TRACTION, BUT THE THROTTLE REMAINS OPEN
WE NOTICE DEFINITE HINTS OF SUMMER HERE
(Pics – Suzuki-racing.com)