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Thrilling 2018 Sultans of Sprint finals at Dandy Riders Festival !

Beautiful weather & perfect race track in St Raphaël !

Hosted by Dandy Riders Festival in St Raphaël [ FR ] the 2018 Sultans of Sprint 4th round & finals were again a blast !
Perfect weather conditions on the french riviera with sun & almost 30°C with the exhibition village on the seaside & a perfect race track of 500m with an outstanding grip were the ingredients of one of the greatest race of this season !
For their third edition, Dandy Riders Festival welcomed 12000 visitors on 3 days and not less than 2500 enthusiastic spectators to support the Sultans of Sprint teams saturday afternoon.

First victory for Yamaha Motor x Workhorse with Tom Pagès at the handlebar of the mighty XSR 700 "Sakura"

Yamaha Motor x Workhorse Speed Shop Team #8 welcomed several good riders this season like Nicolo Canepa in Monza or Jens Kuck in Leonberg. But for the finals we were really please to welcome french FMX legend Tom Pages to race the XSR 700 “Sakura”. Taking the game serious as a professional rider Tom trained a bit saturday morning with the other Facotry Class riders to get used to the nitrous charged Yamaha. He understood quickly how to use it properly … so properly that he managed to get the best out of the little beast to jump on the first place !!! Very well done Tom !

Tom Pages on the Yamaha XSR 700 "Sakura"
Tom Pages / Yamaha Motor #8
Tom Pages focused on the starting line.

1st place for the 2018 "Factory Class" challenge going to Triumph Motorcycles x Mellow !

With 2 victories and 2 second places this season Triumph Motorcycles x Mellow team did extremely well for this first Sultans of Sprint #FactoryClass season …
With a great second place (counting double points) thanks to the rider Uli so this is no surprise that the team running the Triumph Thruxton R “Phantom Blaze” is winning the 2018 Sultans of Sprint Factory Class Challenge !

All the team did well to get the bike always at its best and the different riders were all focused, motivated and very fast at each round ! Congrats to Triumph Germany and Mellow Motorcycles for all the good work with Triumph Motorcycles HQ in Hinckley.

Triumph Motorcycles X Mellow 2018 Sultans of Sprint Factory Class Champion
Triumph Thruxton R "Factory Class"
Ulli having a good time on the Thruxton "Phantom Blaze" !
Supercharged Triumph "Phantom Blaze"

Great 3rd place for Rolf Reick on his BMW Motorrad x Krautmotors Team R nineT “Little Go Beep” #19 …
Don’t mess with Rolf ! he knows how to take a fast start whatever the ride is !
With this new podium Rolf secured a 3rd place of the overall Sultans of Sprint #FactoryClass 2018 rankings ! Well done !

Rolf Reick
BMW Motorrad X Krautmotors Team #19
BMW Motorrad x Krautmotors R nineT "Little Go Beep"

For the last Sultans of Sprint 2018 race Indian Motorcycles team was welcoming french journalist Stephane Lacaze from Moto&Motards to ride out the mighty Indian FTR 1200 Custom prototype just before the release of the production version !
As usual Stephane pleased the crowd with some well controlled wheelies and powerslides but he tried his best to get the best of the Indian street tracker.

Stef Lacaze on the Indian FTR 1200 Custom

Amelie Mooseder on the BMW Motorrad x VTR Motorrad Team R1200R “Spitfire” #85 did well but struggled again with some traction issues on the start ….. this said she showed again that she’s not only cute but a real fearless and fast rider !
Thumbs up & congrats for this first season Amy !

Amelie racing the BMW R1200R "Spitfire"
Fast Amy
BMW Motorrad x VTR Team #85

An awesome & successful first Sultans of Sprint #FactoryClass season !

This first Sultans of Sprint “Factory Class” season involving motorcycle brands has been a great success thanks to the trust & support of BMW Motorrad, Indian Motorcycle, Triumph Motorcycles and Yamaha Motor Europe. The custom sprint racing challenge concept mixing very different platforms & bikes powered by twin cylinder engines with a limited power to weight ratio (once tuned) allowed the brands to enter the Sultans of Sprint family and experienced with their team what #speedisourreligion is all about: thrilling races, fun and goodtimes to be shared with all participants of both categories (Factory & Freak Classes).

Sultans of Sprint Factory Class 2018 challenge final standings.
photo: Antoine Elizabé

Sultans of Sprint #FreakClass: Daniele Ghiselli killing it again with its "Superhero" from team South Garage Squadra Veloce

After his first victory and second podium at Glemseck 101 Daniele Ghiselli from South Garage Squadra Veloce Team #16 was decided to jump again on the podium of the finals … he did the job again on its “Superhero” winning the “FreakClass” race in St Raphaël !
Very well done & congrats to the all team coming from Milano !

Daniele Ghiselli / SouthGarage Squadra Veloce #16
SouthGarage Squadra Veloce "Superhero" #16
Daniele Ghiselli in good company !
South Garage Squadra Veloce celebrating !

Experienced rider, early Sultans of Sprint contender & great engineer Phil Ludwig was leading the Sultans of Sprint #FreakClass rankings but he struggled again with some little issues with his shed built BMW Kraftstoffschmiede “Hercules”. This time the gearbox started to show some difficulties & Phil managed to finish at a great 3rd place of the overall Sultans of Sprint 2018 #FreakClass rankings.

For the 3rd place the battle has been tough between Rino on his  Cafe Ricycles BMW supercharged “Nervous” #81 Jacques on his carbon framed nitrous charged H-Skull “Balinese Kiss” #06 ….
Jacques won for few meters and jumped on his first podium !!! congratulations !

Stunning first place for rookie rider Yong Kim "Macaco" on Schlachtwerk Yamaha "Skinny Beast" #25

For his first season Yong Kim “Macaco” did really well. Riding the well known & fast Schlachtwerk’s Yamaha “Skinny Beast” #25 Macaco managed to keep focused at each round and secured a 2nd place at the finals counting double points.
Probably his martial art experiences helped him to get the right mental strength which is one of the key to handle the pressure on the starting line. He jumped on the podium 3 times this season …. not to mention his always awesome dancing performances on stage !
Congratulations Macaco ! you rocked the scene & the track this year.

Macaco vs Daniele.
Le bisou for the champion.
emotions for the new champion ....

Thumbs up also to all the Sultans of Sprint #FreackClass teams which battled hard this season for the podium: Radical Guzzi team [ GER ] with “NOSferatu” #66 (4th place) & “NOSferaturbo” #65 (18th place), FCR Original team [ FR ] with the Triumph “Crazy Bonnie” #9 (5th place) , H-Skull team [ FR ]  with “Balinese Kiss” (6th place), Lucky Cat Garage Team #17 [ FR ] with the airhead BMW “Bombinette” (7th place) and VTR Customs [ CH ] with the supercharged airhead BMW “Polizia Uno” (8th place).

Sultans of Sprint Freak Class 2018 final standings.

Many thanks to all the other teams who came all over Europe to race hard & have a good time : NowhereFast [ BE ],  Venom Design [ FR ], Moonraker [ GER ], Switch Stance Riding [JPN ], Moto Candy [ CH ], Hermanus [ BE ], South Garage Squadra Veloce [ IT ], St Brooklyn Motorcycles [ FR ], KD Motorcycles [ BE ], Kradmelder Service [ GER ], Libner Racing [ FR ], Cafe Ricycles [ IT ], Bcan Race [ FR ] and last but not least Gasoline Culture [ GER ].

Lucky Cat Garage Team "Bombinette" #17
Venom Design "Sprintster"
Radical Guzzi "NOSferatu"
Sultans of Sprint Race Crew.
KD Motorcycles "Il Veloce"
Radical Guzzi Team"NOSferaturbo" #65
FCR Original Team "Crazy Bonnie" #7
NowhereFast Team #91
Schlachtwerk "Wasabi" #7
Kraftstoffschmiede Team "Hercules" #46
SouthGarage Squadra Veloce "the Drake" #69
Gasoline Culture Team "XT Punk" #31
Cafericycles Team "Nervous" #81
Radical Guzzi Team "NOSferatu" #66
Kradmelder Service Team "The Dark Side" #22
Lucky Cat Garage Team "Bombinette" #17
FCR Original Team "Crazy Bonnie" #7
Bcan Race Team "The Bee" #34
Camilla at work !
South Garage Squadra Veloce
special guest: Laurent Cochet !
VTR Motorrad Team "Polizia Uno" #33

Our thoughts & fast recovery wishes to our friend Ralph !

As he said himself few hours after getting surgery in St Raphael: “God of Speed suck” !
Ralph had a quite serious injury to his right leg while testing his “Moonraker” supercharged BMW few days before the finals. The transmission shaft of the beast broke and injured him quite badly. Thanks to all the friends on the spot the rescue team arrived quickly and Ralph was transported to the hospital where he has been taken immediately. After a first surgery to clean & stabilize the situation he has been safely transported back to Germany. He will recover soon and will be able to ride hopefully again with us next year.

We all can’t wait to see you jumping again on stage buddy !

Party Monster Bonus with stage diving contest presented by A-XOC

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 and a « stage diving » with their riders / mascots on the stage to celebrate the very last race of the season !

As we also place safety first this « stage diving » contest was presented by our partner A-XOC technology and riders were using their protective jacket on purpose ! This was a wonderful way to start the party at Sultans of Sprint booth Saturday night. Epic as usual !
Many thanks to Duvel beers & Sailor Jerry for supplying the Sultans of Sprint hospitality with nice drinks for all teams & guests.

TIME TO VOTE ! choose your favorite Sultans of Sprint 2018 bike !

Vote now by leaving a comment on PIPEBURN to decide which Sultans of Sprint team will win the “2018 Best Style & Engineering Award” !

You can also win yourself a Shoei EX-ZERO helmet or a A-XOC protective gear or a Sultans of Sprint teeshirt !

Don’t wait & leave your comment on Pipeburn !

Toshi / Switch Stance Riding needs our help !

OUR FRIEND TOSHI NEEDS OUR HELP !

#supportyourlocalsprintracer #leetchifortoshi #morethanjustsprintracing

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 !!

www.leetchi.com/c/support-toshi-switch-stance-riding

Bernard Mont’s “Nowhere Faster” sprintracer featured on Pipeburn

THE LOW ROAD.

More than 100 years ago Intrepid Birdmen in aircraft cobbled together from anything they could find were taking to the skies in air races, this just a few years after aviation was even a thing. And just like ‘Those Magnificent Men in their Flying Machines’ a new breed of adrenaline junkies with the skills to build incredible contraptions are at it again. They’re called the ‘Sultans of Sprint’ and the asphalt 1/8th mile is the troposphere where they do battle, on bikes as bananas as those old planes. Very few fulfil that centuries old ethos like Belgium’s Bernard Mont and in 2018 he’s returned with a lay down and mash the gas, hub-centre steer Ducati. It’s known as Nowhere Faster […] ”

Check out the full article on Pipeburn to know more about this incredible machine with kool shots by Marc Holstein Photography !

Kraftstoffschmiede’s ‘Hercules’ BMW R850R Sprint Racer on Pipeburn !

Kraftstoffschmiede’s ‘Hercules’ BMW R850R Sprint Racer on Pipeburn !

“They call it ‘group therapy for speed freaks on two wheels’ and with the 2018 season just weeks away from commencing, the heavy hitters are rolling in for a fresh dose of petrol powered psychotherapy. The Sultans of Sprint drag race series will kick off in Monza, Italy, with a weekend of 1/8th mile action and one of the original campaigners is back again chasing glory. German BMW maestro Philipp Ludwig returns having spent the winter months fine tuning his steed at the small workshop that’s home to Team Kraftstoffschmiede.
Now ‘Hercules’ is ready to slay them in style, defying the once beyond bland BMW R850R that left the production line in 1998.”

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Check out the rest of this article written by Martin Hogdson presenting Kraftstoffschmiede BMW #hercules in every details on PIPEBURN.
>> Awesome photos by our mate Marc Holstein.

Indian Motorcycle to enter the FTR1200 in the Sultans of Sprint “Factory Class”

Indian Motorcycle to enter the FTR1200 in the Sultans of Sprint "Factory Class"

Six months ago, Indian Motorcycle revealed one of the most exciting custom motorcycles ever built to celebrate their return to flat track racing and winning the championship.

In those six months over thirty thousand comments made on social media have confirmed the FTR1200 Custom’s popularity, so Indian has decided to bring it to Europe to compete in the Sultans of Sprint races and ask our EU fans the all-important question: “Should Indian build this bike?”.

With #speedisoureligion as its hashtag, the Sultans of Sprint series bring together the best bike builders from the new custom bike scene in Europe in to race and to party at key festivals in Italy, Belgium, Germany and France.

The series has a number of categories of sprint racing, with the Scout FTR1200 Custom able to enter the newly created Factory Class.

In this Factory Class, motorcycles must be four-stroke (air or water cooled) and there is no limit regarding the engine capacity providing that the tuned bike does not exceed a specific power-to-weight ratio.

Bikes in the Factory Class can either be customised by private workshops or can be entered by a manufacturer as an ‘in house’ custom built racer.

Grant Bester, VP and General Manager for Indian in EMEA says he is thrilled to be able to bring the FTR1200 Custom back over in to Europe. “We’ve been overwhelmed by the response to this bike, so to finally be able to let people see and hear it race in the Sultans of Sprint really excites everyone working at Indian,” he says. “We’ll be racing it in four key countries, Italy, Belgium, Germany and France, and we cannot wait to see people’s reactions when they see this sprint race.”

You’ll be able to see the FTR1200 Custom in action at The Reunion event in Italy in May, followed by Biker’s Classics in Spa in July, then Glemseck in early September and finally the Dandy Riders festival in France in late September. Indian also plans to have the bike on static display in the UK at The Bike Shed and during Wheels & Waves in France.

Sultans of Sprint founder, Sébastian Lorentz says: I am very excited to welcome Indian Motorcycle in the Sultans of Sprint challenge within the new FACTORY CLASS that we have just launched this season. I think that the combination of sprint racing and creativity is a perfect match between Indian Motorcycle and Sultans of Sprint. We are super happy to have the Indian Motorcycle team with the race number #12 which will be added on the Indian FTR1200 to compete for this season. This custom bike is really a show stopper and I am sure it will be exciting to watch on our 1/8-mile races all over Europe this summer.”

> Find out more on Indian Motorcycle press site.

#indianmotorcycle #ftr1200 #factoryclass #speedisourreligion

Sultans of Sprint 2017 season movie unleashed !

We are very happy to unleash the Sultans of Sprint 2017 season movie by our friend Givetogod.
This sums up perfectly what is Sultans of Sprint and what we are standing for: racing and friendship.

Many thanks to our video crew: Benjamin Donadieu, Benjamin Guimond, Cédric Faimali, Frédéric Pruchon, Nicolas Forestier, Evan Sarreira, Mathieu Ménard & Bernard Mont …. and for sure all the persons who made it possible since 2016.

FCR Original & Plan B Motorcycles winning 2 new awards !

Within the Sultans of Sprint 2017 end of season farewell party hosted by Midnight Garage Festival downtown Paris, we had the pleasure to offer a sneak preview of our season movie by Ben Givetogod but also to give two last awards to a french and an italian team thanks to Fotozino & Libner Group.

Best FOTOZINO x Sultans of Sprint FANZINE for FCR Original

During the all season the Sultans of Sprint battled hard on the dragstrips from Europe but also on FOTOZINO !
Each team target was to create with their friends and followers the best fanzine of their journey through the challenge. The french team FCR Original did the best work and won the award of the best fanzine winning also 1000€ cash as a reward !
Many thanks to our friend and partner Olivier @ FOTOZINO for the support and this great idea.

You can download FCR Original “Crazy Bonnie” Fanzine on fotozino.com/crazybonnie.php

Best bodywork award by Libner Group for Plan B Motorcycles

Our partners & friends at Libner Group are working on truck & industrial bodywork and they decided to create & give an award for the “best bodywork” among all the awesome Sultans of Sprint race machines. For the 2017 season it’s Christian Moretti from Plan B Motorcycles who received the beautiful award hand made by Hervé Libner and 500€ cash to reward him for the beautiful work on the alloy fairing/tank/seat he made for his Ducati “Ugly Duck” racer. A really well deserved award for an amazing work ! Congrats Christian. Creativity and hard work always win.

Many thanks to Matteo from the Reunion for his support too !

photos: Marc Holstein Photography / VD photo.

Find out more photos from our friends Marc Holstein & Christine Gabler HERE !

#46 Kraftstoffschmiede #17 Lucky Cat Garage & #3 Libner Racing winners !!!

Sultans of Sprint 2016 "STYLE & ENGINEERING" Award

Rewarding the style and technology of motorcycles  involved in the 2017 Sultans Of Sprint Challenge was the objective of this contest, which results were announced at Spa Francorchamps as part of Spa Bikers Classic.

The special jury is made up of Fred Krugger, the famous custom bike builder from Belgium is also 2 times AMD Custom Bike World Champion,  Sacha Lakic, designer & motorcycle enthusiast also founder of Blacktrack Motors,  Jens Vom Brauck, founder & designer from JvB-moto, and last but not least Jean-Claude Barrois, a great motorfreaker who’s a bit our motorcycle guru and a french Bonneville speed record heroe.

The vote took place in two stages, one in which the challenge contenders voted for their peers, and a second where the jury met to elect those who would have the privilege of receiving the ‘Style & Engineering’ Award.

The 2017 winners are:

1st tie: # 46 Kraftstoffschmiede ‘Hercules’ and # 17 Lucky Cat Garage ‘Bombinette’

2nd: # 3 Libner Racing ‘Dragonfly’

A big rounds of congratulations to these three machines, their builders and their pilots. And to all competitors of the Sultans Of Sprint challenge who combine in joy and good humor, passion, race and fun in the most beautiful manner.

Many thanks to VIRAGE 8  for the kind words  & Venom Design for the trophies !

Kraftstoffschmiede #46 BMW "Hercules"

Lucky Cat Garage #17 BMW "Bombinette"

Libner Racing #3 Triumph "Dragonfly"

2017 Sultans of Sprint “Style & Engineering” Award.

2017 "STYLE & ENGINEERING" AWARD

rewarding technic & style of the 2017 Sultans of Sprint racers !

Judging is by ‘peer-group-review’ in addition to a special jury. That is to say that it is mainly the Sultans of Sprint contenders themselves who choose the winner of this award. For sure it’s not allowed to vote for his own team … but we thought it was a quite fair rule inspired by international bike shows. Votes are evaluating both engineering & technical solutions on one hand but also design & style on the other hand.

The special jury is made up of Fred Krugger​, the famous custom bike builder from Belgium is also 2 times AMD Custom Bike World Champion,  Sacha Lakic​, designer & motorcycle enthusiast also founder of Blacktrack Motors,  Jens Vom Brauck, founder & designer from JvB-moto, and last but not least Jean-Claude Barrois, a great motorfreaker who’s a bit our motorcycle guru and a french Bonneville speed record heroe.
All are also very good friends and Sultans of Sprint challenge strong supporters !

The winner of our “Style & Engineering Award” will be announced during Sultans of Sprint round #3 2017 | Biker’s Classics (BE) on saturday 1st july in the Bikers’ Classics​ Lifestyle Village & released on the web by our friends from Virage8.com.

Sultans of Sprint 2016 season video

THANK YOU for an awesome first season & see you soon on the dragstrips !

#sultansofsprint  #speedisourreligion