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Tuesday 18 April 2023

Indian Motorcycle

Indian Motorcycle DTRA Europe Hooligan Race Team

Indian Motorcycle has announced that it is to continue its support for the growth of Hooligan Racing in Europe with the Hooligan class now to be renamed the Indian Motorcycle Hooligan Championship 2023.

Following the recent U.S. race team announcements, it has announced the signing of Jamie Kimber and Gerard Bailo to contend the 2023 DTRA Hooligan class in Europe. Indian Motorcycle also continues its long-term support and promotion of flat track racing in Europe with sponsorship that sees the class renamed as the 'Indian Motorcycle Hooligan Championship 2023'.

Indian Motorcycle says its continued partnership with the DTRA (the UK based Dirt Track Riders Association) will "help to ensure the future of grassroots motorcycle sport and the development of youth riders in Europe. As a result, European flat track racing has grown substantially in recent years, being one of the most accessible and respected entry points to the sport outside of North America."

Anthony Brown, DTRA founder, commented: "Indian Motorcycle has helped to grow the Hooligan class in the DTRA since its inception and we are honored and happy to have them along for the ride in 2023. It will be great to see a mixture of UK and overseas riders battle it out on Indian Scouts and FTRs against the rest of the Hooligan field. With some new tracks and events to be announced in the coming weeks, the 2023 Hooligan Championship is set to be the best one yet." 

Jamie Kimber is an Indian Motorcycle Academy scholarship graduate, riding the Indian Scout Hooligan for the 2022 season, scoring 4th in the overall championship. She will ride the Indian FTR as a fully-fledged member of the team in 2023.

Gerard Bailo started in Supermoto racing, but has been committed to Flat Track since 2017. He had his best season in 2022, winning the FIM Flat Track World Championship. Gerard will compete in the Indian Motorcycle Hooligan series aboard the Indian FTR 1200 prepared by S&S Cycle.

The Dirt Track Riders Association has announced dates for a full series of seven rounds in 2023, and there will be five Hooligans rounds.

The Dirt Track Riders Association (DTRA) is run by riders and racers to promote European flat track racing. The series has grown year on year and is gaining popularity with riders from all disciplines of motorcycle sport from Rookie riders to Pro racers. The DTRA has been instrumental in growing all forms of dirt track racing outside of the USA and the DTRA supported 'Indian Motorcycle Flat Track Series' has grown to become the largest amateur championship outside of North America.