Leok second at Le Touquet

/ February 7, 2012
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Rockstar Energy Suzuki’s Tanel Leok battled snow and icy conditions to take second at the grueling Enduropale Du Touquet Beach Race in northern France.

The Estonian making his debut at the three hour event, recorded a total of 10 laps and was less than two minutes behind overall winner Jean-Claude Mousse.

The World MX1 rider put his specially-modified RM-Z450 into seventh place at the opening corner and held top three at the end of lap one. He briefly took the lead on the second lap as he fought with Mousse, Adrien Van Beveren, and Nicolas Aubin.

The 26 year old had full back-up team support from fellow Suzuki men Clement Desalle, Yohei Kojima, Petar Petrov and 2011 event winner Steve Ramon and was gaining ground on leader Mousse, but the ‘four pit-stop-strategy’ saw Leok lose an additional 60 seconds on the eventual winner.

Leok said, “The conditions were tricky in the beginning with the snow mixed into the top layer combined with the frozen ground underneath. I rode my own race and focused on keeping a good momentum; it’s really hard to actually follow which position you are in with those pit stops.

“I lost a little bit time at some of my pit stops and could have gone a bit faster on the long straights, but overall I’m pretty happy with the race, the result and the team effort. My main focus is the MX1 GP season but I’m happy to have had the opportunity to do this race.”