Awesome season opening for the 2018 Sultans of Sprint Challenge in Monza !
RACE #1 | THE REUNION | MONZA | ITALY | MAY 2018
This Sultans of Sprint 2018 season opening in Italy hosted by The Reunion in the beautiful Autodromo di Monza has been truly awesome.
The weather was not on our side on saturday and the race has been cancelled because of rain & much too slipery track conditions. We have been able to postpone the Sultans of Sprint races on sunday thanks to the support of Matteo from the Reunion & the great work of our Race Management crew who did a perfect work the all week end.
Despite the cancellation of races on Saturday, the all Sultans of Sprint circus did a great show enhanced by color smokes & the unexpected oriental dance show performed by the beautiful Emanuela. The mood of all racers & teams was positive also thanks to the hospitality & our bartenders in the booth. The « Party Monster bonus » which took place Saturday night .
For this round all the riders were supposed to enter a limbo contest … and most of them did it with a big enthusiasm despite a complete unfair rule based on the height of their race bike. But this is a bonus for fun & all the participating riders got the 10 points of this « Party Monster Bonus ». Pure Sultans of Sprint spirit.
Sultans of Sprint Factory Class rocks Monza !
The Sultans of Sprint Factory Class full filled expectations with awesome sprintracers presented by BMW Motorrad, Indian Motorcycle, Triumph Motorcycles Germany & Yamaha Motor Europe.
The rules are simple as the tuned bike has to be based a twin cylinder 4 stroke water or air cooled which keeps a limited power to weight ratio set by the organization.
The thrilling races proves the power to weight ratio rules concept works as planned. All participating bikes of this Factory Class have been successfully controlled on the power bench & weight measured (including rider) before the races. All plugs from ECU, supercharger pulleys … have been then marked with a special paint paste made in collaboration with RM Paint.
The battles on the dragstrip have been tight but always fair and none of the bike was dominating the races for the pleasure of all spectactors as the suspense was at its best.
Big suprise has been for all the performances of the Indian FTR1200 Custom. Despite a rear flat track knobby tire the rider Lorenzo managed to take very good starts and won in the finals against the outstanding BMW R1200R “Spitfire” from team VTR Customs ridden by Amelie.
Third place at the sprintrace for Triumph Motorcycles / Mellow Motorcycles Team with the customized Triumph Thruxton R named « Phantom Blaze » and ridden fast by Paul Sauter.
Nicolo Canepa was intended to be the rider of the mighty Yamaha XSR700 « Sakura » built by Workhorse Speed Shop representing Yamaha Motor Europe. Unfortunately he was booked on Sunday & has been replaced by Andy Geeroms from Hermanus. Without test Andy finished to a nice fourth place after battling hard and demonstrating that choosing the smallest twin was rather a good idea.
Fifth place for Rolf Reick representing BMW Motorrad with his customized BMW R nine T « Little Go Beep ». You will hear more soon of this bike with its very interesting modular bodywork concept.
Indian Motorcycle Team is 2nd of the general rankings behind Triumph Motorcycles team which took a little advantage thanks to their mascot (+5 points) and BMW Motorrad / VTR Customs team is 3rd.
Sultans of Sprint Freak Class with an amazing line up !
Freak Class is the historical category of Sultans of Sprint. In this category the rules are a bit less restrictive but the bikes have to be 4 stroke air cooled twin cylinder engine powered with a maximum capacity of 1700 cc for naturally aspirated engines & 1100 cc for supercharged engine (nitrous oxyde, turbocharger or supercharger). The other main limit is the rear tire which can not exceed 160mm width for square profiles and 190mm for round profiles.
Freak Class participants performed also a big show on the track at The Reunion with a line up of insane sprintracers.
In the freak class, many new awesome bikes were presented & raced for the first time in Monza : too much new machines to mention but we invite you to discover them soon on our website !
The track conditions were perfect with the refurbished tarmac of the straight line of the historical Monza track.
FCR Original team from France with Mathieu Ménard on the Triumph « Crazy Bonnie » #9 was the fastest of this week end finishing to a well deserved first place ahead Philipp Ludwig from Kraftstoffschmiede Team from Germany with the BMW « Hercules » #46.
Third place on the podium for a newcomer : Yong « Macaco » Kim from Schlachtwerk Team (Germany) on the Yamaha « Skinny Beast » #7 which performed well despite some troubles with the exhaust header.
Taking a little advantage thanks to the bonus for their mascots, « Hercules » #46 is leading the general standings in front of « Skinny Beast » #7 & « Crazy Bonnie » #9 !
All these crazy sprintracers built by professional workshops or super talented private enthusiasts have really impressed again by their velocity. The team’s macots associated with the Sultans of Sprint mascot « Andy Baba » but also the lovely Emanuela who performed an unexpected oriental dance with swords formed a real crazy freak show of the turbocharged flying carpets : this is Sultans of Sprint ! Velocity, creativity, poetry and speed !
Sultans of Sprint had also the pleasure to welcome SHOEI Europe which was releasing the brand new vintage full face helmet EX-Zero … a world premiere which raised already a lot of attention from participants & visitors in Monza !
Our partners A-XOC were also having a super nice surprise for all the riders offering to each of them a complete set of their high tech protective underwear gears.
The Sultans of Sprint lifestyle collection made in collaboration with french artist Nikibi was also presented for the first time and will be available online soon.
Last but not least, our partners & friends from Indivisual Creative agency did not only a wonderful work on all Sultans of Sprint info sheets, team boards and graphics but also took care of social media « lives » followed by thousands of enthusiasts online !!!
Photos by Marc Holstein & Christine Gabler, Ben Ott, ZJerome & Mike C. > find out more HERE !
We are now looking forward to see the visitors of Bike Shed London this week end and then to gather all teams again at the second round hosted by Bikers’Classics on 29/30 june & 1st july in SPA Francorchamps (Belgium).