Whether it's his impending marriage, his new racing contract, the weather, or the planets, one does not know, but Tanel Leok has struck a purple patch of form recently. After his first GP victory in Ireland, the Estonian Express has been brimming with confidence. By the looks of it, he took this confidence with him in bucket-loads to the last round of the United Telecom Belgian Championships in Pierreux. The Belgian organisers, always amongst the most progressive in Europe, dished up a completely new - and spectacular track for riders and spectators alike. A perfect autumn day, large crowd, good line-up and the buzz of a championship final would make for a memorable day's worth of racing.
The Express was chugging on all cylinders, and despite the presence of an all-star field in the United Telecom Trophy, including Ken De Dijcker, Steve Ramon, Josh Coppins, MX2 world champion Tyla Rattray (on his 250cc machine), and a host of others, Tanel stopped the clocks with the fastest qualifying time. Despite his good gate, the first race had a fairly ordinary course for the 23 year old. He was up there, but could not quite get his rhythm going, and eventually crossed the line in fifth position.
In the second race, Tanel left nothing to co-incidence. He grasped the race with both hands and controlled matters from the front. After a hard-fought holeshot on his Kawasaki, he topped the leaderboard every single lap, and finally came home a few seconds ahead of world number 2 Steve Ramon.