video report by Push / soundtrack by the Madcaps.
video report by Push / soundtrack by the Madcaps.
Hosted by legendary open air festival Glemseck 101 in Leonberg [ GER ] Sultans of Sprint Challenge 2018 third round was truly awesome with thrilling races on the 1/8 mile dragstrip but also for the insane Sultans of Sprint party.
Many technical issues for lot of race teams in both classes but on the racetrack the battles were really close on the finish line and adrenaline at its highest level.
Good athmosphere & party spirit at their best in the Sultans of Sprint area during the all event !
The Triumph Motorcycles x Mellow Motorcycles Team #59 [ GER ] started the week end with some minor technical issues which were quickly solved by their technical staff Saturday morning. Professional rider Arne Tode was racing the supercharged Thruxton R for the second time for a Sultans of Sprint race this season. His previous Moto 2 rider skills did again the difference. High Five to Arne who came also on stage to please the crowd with the Triumph team mascot for the Party Monster Bonus !
Jens Kuck was invited to ride the Yamaha XSR 700 race tuned by Workhorse Speed Shop #8 [ BE ] for Yamaha Motor Europe and achieved a great second place gaining some useful points to the belgian team in the overall standings ! Well done Jens ! Second podium for Yamaha this season.
Rolf Henniges from Fuel Magazine was chosen to ride the Indian FTR 1200 Custom #12 [ USA ] which was coming back on the dragstrip at this occasion. Super impressive runs for Rolf on this beautiful prototype but that wasn’t enough this time to win the battle but more than enough to please the crowd with the amazing sound & bit of wheelspin & smoke on the strip ! The new rear tyre with softer coumpound used for this round on the FTR 1200 could also explain the traction problem Rolf faced … so watch out the Indian Motorcycle team is really back in the game !
Rolf Reick from BMW Motorrad x Krautmotors Team #19 [ GER ] was presenting his BMW R nineT with again a completely new bodywork which seems to make the bike fly faster as he achieved a great 3rd place. Also racing in the Freak Class and organizing the Starr Wars race in Glemseck 101 Rolf is also a very experienced rider in sprint racing ….
Amelie Mooseder from BMW Motorrad x VTR Customs Team #85 [ GER ] had some hard times on the start and struggled a bit to find out the proper traction & keep the line with the incredible BMW R 1200 R « Spitfire » built by the talented swiss team.
All teams really played the Sultans of Sprint challenge game and entered the Party Monster Bonus Challenge with great choregraphies for their mascot : « Mr Throttle » for Indian Motorcycle, « Teddy » for Triumph Motorcycles x Mellow Motorcycles Team, « Godzilla » for Yamaha Motor Europe x Workhorse Speed Shop Team, an unexpected dino for BMW Motorrad x VTR Customs Team and « Little Go Beep » for BMW Motorrad x Krautmotors Team. Thanks a lot for their commitment to show what Sultans of Sprint is all about : Race hard, party harder !
Daniele Ghiselli did really a very good job at the handlebar of the « Superhero » #16 built by South Garage Motorcycles in Milano [ IT ]. Fearless of the fastest teams, focused and probably boosted by the support of his daugthers and wife, Daniele was clearly flying fast for this third Sultans of Sprint round of the Sultans of Sprint Freak Class!
Despite issues with his nitrous oxyde system Phil Ludwig managed to finish at a well deserved second place with his 4 valves 900cc nitrous BMW « Hercules » from Team Krafstoffschmiede #46 [ GER ].
Third place for rookie rider Yong Kim « Macaco » #25 with the mighty Yamaha « Skinny Beast » from Team Schlachtwerk [ GER ].
As special guest Royal Enfield was also racing with the Sultans of Sprint Freak Class with their beautiful prototype named « Lock Stock » using the brand new 650cc twin cylinder engine which will equip the models of the brand. But this in-house built prototype is very special and use a full custom Harris frame and highly tuned engine by S&S. On the track the Royal Enfield ridden by Paul Young had to fight directly against one of the strongest team with the one and only one FCR Original with their legendary Triumph Crazy Bonnie.
Paul on the Royal Enfield did a very impressive test run and even more impressive race but unfortunately had a shifter problem which clearly get him out against the mighty french team. Whatever the 2 bikes were very close on the finish line and this just means that this Royal Enfield engine is clearly strong enough to join the Sultans of Sprint Factory Class … Subbu, Adrian ?
Unfortunately and despite the support & help of each other some teams were not able to enter this round despite all the efforts : bike crashed in a test run few days before the event for Team Radical Guzzi [ GER ] with the NOSferaTURBO, broken valve for Team Moonraker [ GER ] when warming up the engine few hours before the race and ignition issues for St Brooklyn Team [ FR ] with the new BMW named « L’Intrépide ».
Overall all the races were very tight & all riders battled hard on the dragstrip with quite often super close distances on the finish line !
The Sultans of Sprint challenge rewards the performance of the teams & riders on the race track but also their creativity, sense of humour and party mood through the « Party Monster Bonus ». Saturday all teams were asked to perform a dance with their mascot & riders on a podium next to the Sultans of Sprint area to start the party and please the crowd !
That was just fabulous to see how almost every team from Factory & Freak classes has play the game and had big fun in front of an incredible & super enthusiastic crowd of spectators !
Many thanks to Duvel beers & Sailor Jerry for supplying the Sultans of Sprint hospitality with nice drinks for all teams & guests.
Regarding the rankings the game is still very opened as the finals will give double points to the participants and clearly in both Factory and Freak Classes nobody can now say who are going to be the 2018 champions until the finals !
Special thanks to : Jörn & Jens for the DJ Set, Laura, Axel, Ralph, Patrick & the all Glemseck 101 Poets of Sprint crew, Matteo Adreani from the Reunion for organizing Little Italy next to our booth, Jorg Litzenburger, Peter Herrle, Sabine Schermer and Steven Flier from 101 team and all the Sultans of Sprint crew !
Thumbs up to TV1.eu which was taking care of the livre streaming of Glemseck 101 races :
Sultans of Sprint Factory Class race : https://youtu.be/DB8vVFwA3uQ?t=1h38m5s
Sultans of Sprint Freak Class race : https://youtu.be/DB8vVFwA3uQ?t=2h14m8s
Many thanks again to all our friends, supporters and race teams and for sure our sponsors & partners A-XOC, RM Paint, Kytone, Indivisual Creative, BMW Motorrad, Triumph Motorcycles, Indian Motorcycle, Yamaha Motor Europe !
Now it’s time to go back in the workshops to fix & fine tune all the sprintracers to get ready to fight on the dragstrip for the finals hosted by DANDY RIDERS FESTIVAL in St Raphael [FR] from 28 to 30th september !
Find out ALL PHOTOS HERE by Christine Gabler, Kati Dalek, Tadashi Kono, Sascha Feuster, Zjerome, Marc Holstein & Claude Fischer.
After the first 2018 rounds in Monza (IT) & SPA Francorchamps (BE) and a good summer break Sultans of Sprint teams are now looking forward to head to Glemseck 101 taking place in Leonberg (GER).
Glemseck 101 is the biggest sprint racing & cafe racers open air festival in Germany and we are more than happy to be there again this year. All teams are finishing to prepare the last details to get their machines ready to rock the dragstrip on the Solitude racetrack.
For the first time you will be able to watch Sultans of Sprint live without being on the spot thanks to the Glemseck 101 festival livestream on TV1.eu !
A great opportunity to look & feel what Sultans of Sprint & Glemseck 101 are all about !
Here are the key moments for Sultans of Sprint Race #3:
19:30 – Technical inspection for all bikes (Factory & Freak Classes) [ SoS area ]
11:00 – Briefing & starting grid random pick up [ SoS area ]
14:30 – Sultans of Sprint RACES (Factory & Freak Classes) [ Race track ]
19:30 – Awards ceremony [ Main stage ]
20:00 – Sultans of Sprint Party with DJ set from Jens & Jörn. Open dance floor in front of SoS area.
21:30 – Sultans of Sprint Party Monster bonus challenge [ SoS area ]
all day : Race bikes exhibition in our paddock [ SoS area ]
13:00 – “Best of the Best Race”: Sultans of Sprint Freak Class winner will race against the fastest bikes from other classes [ Race track ]
The all week end our Sultans of Sprint merch shop will be opened if you want to get some good Sultans of Sprint gears.
We are looking forward to meet you there !!!
video report by Agence Push.
images by Benjamin Guimond & Antoine Elizabé.
sountrack by The Madcaps.
Hosted by Bikers’Classics in SPA Francorchamps racetrack Sultans of Sprint Challenge 2018 second round had been a hot blast. With very hot temperature the weather had nothing to do with last year: almost 40°C in the shade !!!
These very high temperatures was the main challenge to face on the track for all Sultans of Sprint sprintracers, riders & teams … who said Belgium can’t be hot & sunny ?
With a shorter track than usual the game was a bit different and power was not the main thing this time. More than ever the start was playing an essential role for success on the belgian track and traction has been again the key leading to victory. With these unusual high temperatures it was not that easy to find out the proper grip to take off and both riders & bikes have suffered a lot from heat.
Triumph Germany X Mellow Motorcycles Team has clinched a shock victory at the 2018 Sultans of Sprint Factory Class challenge second race. The former Moto2 race rider Arne Tode made the best use of the Triumph Thruxton R “Phantom Blaze” and found out quickly how to get the grip with the supercharged engine of this amazing machine.
A great second place for Rolf Reick on his BMW R nine T X Krautmotors “Little Go Beep” #19 which was featuring a new copper bodywork. Not sure this color made his bike faster but clearly Rolf was really in a good shape finishing just ahead of the insane Yamaha Motor XSR 700 “Sakura” built by Workhorse Speed Shop & ridden by Andy Geeroms.
4th place for Amelie Mooseder on the BMW R1200R X VTR Customs “Spitfire”. Amelie pushed hard but the others were faster on this shorter track this time.
Indian Motorcycle couldn’t participate in Belgium because of an incident the week end before with their FTR 1200 Custom. The prototype is currently being fixed to come back on the dragstrip to compete at the next round hosted by Glemseck 101 beginning of September.
Triumph Germany X Mellow Motorcycles leads the current 2018 Factory Class standings by 40 points with this victory in Belgium.
For their third season in a row Radical Guzzi team finally got a very well deserved first place with Simon Bronold riding the crazy Moto Guzzi NOSferatu #66. Strugling to find out how to findd the proper traction for their super powerful Moto Guzzi nitrous injected engine the german team finally made it on top of the podium : determination, commitment & hard work paid off finally !!!
A great second place for Daniele Ghiselli on the SouthGarage Squadra Veloce “The Superhero” Ducati #16 just ahead Philip Ludwig #46 on his nitrous oxyde injected Kraftstoffschmiede BMW 4 valves “Hercules”.
4th place for Laurence #17 on her Lucky Cat Garage BMW 2 valves “Bombinette” who did really well finding quickly the right balance with the throttle on the starting grid.
Many teams suffered from Nitrous or clutch issues because of the unusual heat as FCR Original with their Triumph “Crazy Bonnie” for instance.
Kraftstoffschmiede Team #46 is currently leading the 2018 standings with 167 points ahead Radical Guzzi #66 & Schlachwerk #25 teams.
Mai-Lin is a stuntrider girl representing Louis Motorrad. Partners of Sultans of Sprint 2018 Challenge we decided to organize a friendly competition between the female riders of the challenge to compete with her: Evy from Team Hermanus #53, Amelie Mooseder from Team BMW Motorrad X VTR Customs #85, Laurence from Team Lucky Cat Garage #17 as well as Barbara on Jo Hecht’s Gasoline Culture BMW “XT Punk” #31 & Manuela on Rolf’s Krautmotors BMW “Little Go Beep” battled just for fun on the dragstrip.
With her V4 powered Louis Motorrad cafe racer Mai-Lin was much too fast but we should really cheer Evy for a great second place !
Sultans of Sprint “Party Monster Bonus” … was this time a sprint race combining longboard & velosolex presented by A-XOC !
A real sprint race for which riders & mascots were involved: the mascot on the velosolex moped pulling the rider on a longboard. Not so easy for beginners & clearly a good way to test the A-XOC protective underwear gears !!!!
All participant contenders got the 10 bonus points & we really congrat all riders & mascots for facing again the belgium heat for this last challenge on the track.
Thanks to our partners Duvel & Sailor Jerry but also a great DJ set from Dorsan the legendary Sultans of Sprint after race party was at its best saturday night in the Bikers’Classics Lifestyle Village. Not only performing a great show on the dragstrip Sultans of Sprint showed again to be an absolute benchmark when it comes to become party animals !
Many thanks to the all organization crew : Laura at the flag, Marine & Laurence at the hospitality, Fred at the bar, Andreas at the microphone, Axel, Ralf & Patrick at the racetrack as well as photographer friends Christine Gabler, Marc Holstein, Ben Ott, Michael Rauscher, Cyril Casagrande, Antoine Hotermans, Kati Dalek & ZJerome and the video crew with Benjamin & Antoine.
Find out all photos from Sultans of Sprint second round ON THIS LINK & the current 2018 standings HERE !
Stay tuned for the next step: online vote to choose for the best 2018 Sultans of Sprint sprintracer for the “Best Style & Enginnering Award” on Pipeburn !
Next race will be hosted by Glemseck 101 in Leonberg [GER] 31st august / 1st & 2nd september.
Located on the great SPA Francorchamps race track Bikers’Classics is the biggest classic racing festival in Europe and is hosting the second race of the 2018 Sultans of Sprint season.
FRIDAY 29th JUNE
Arrival of participants & teams / exhibition on the Sultans of Sprint area hosted by the Lifestyle Village
SATURDAY 30th JUNE
10:00 General briefing & starting grid.
12:30 Gathering & parade of the Sultans of Sprint teams to join the racetrack.
13:00 Free practice.
13:30 Sultans of Sprint Factory Class race !
14:00 Sultans of Sprint Freak Class race !
15:30 Sultans of Sprint Party Monster Bonus race !
19:00 Podium & awards ceremony at Sultans of Sprint area (lifestyle village).
21:30 Chill out, party & DJ set at Sultans of Sprint area.
SUNDAY 1st JULY
Exhibition of all the race bikes on Sultans of Sprint area in the Lifestyle village.
More infos on bikersclassics.be
video report by Agence Push.
images by Benjamin Guimond & Antoine Elizabé.
sountrack by The Madcaps.
If Speed is also Your Religion or if simply you dig Sultans of Sprint & want to support us you can now get some very kool t-shirts, caps, hoodie & patches !
Designed by Indivisual Creative & Nicolas Bassez, all our products are printed in Europe & we ship worldwide !
Many thanks for your orders & see you soon at the next races !
Toshi Kozaka from Switch Stance Riding is the one & only one japanese participant to this year Sultans of Sprint challenge.
This past week end while exhibiting his sprintracer at the Bike Shed London, the van of the japanese team was stolen with all their race gear (helmet, suits, tools, spare parts, apparel ….) in addition to 2000€ cash & credit cards !
Fortunately the bike was not in the van at the time and they were able to store/exhibit it thanks to the Bike Shed MC crew.
Switch Stance Riding is a self funded company and they worked hard over the past 2 years saving money to be able to make this journey to race with the Sultans of Sprint all over Europe with his friend George & his son Rio.
Any help or support you will be able to provide them would be greatly appreciated as they are in a major bind not only financially but with the sentimental nature of the items that were in the van ….
Please give what you can & help us collecting funds to support our dear japanese crew to face this bad situation … share this link !
Many thanks !!