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.
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 !
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.
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 !
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.
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 !
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).
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 !
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 !
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.
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).
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 ].
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 !
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.
Sultans of Sprint 2018 finals will take place on the french Riviera at St Raphaël at Dandy Riders Festival 2018.
With double points for the participants of both classes (Factory & Freak Class) the challenge rankings are still quite opened and the results from the finals will decide of the 2018 champions !
We can’t wait to see you at Dandy Riders Festival from friday to sunday in the village at Santa Lucia harbour & especially on the Race Track on saturday from 14:00 to 16:00.
Please find out the link to googlemap for the race track location HERE !
Sultans of Sprint race #4 | SCHEDULE
Dandy Riders Festival | St Raphaël [ FR ]
Friday 28th september
12:00 – Dandy Riders Festival opening. [ Santa Lucia – St Raphaël ]
17:00 – Technical inspection of Sultans of Sprint Factory & Freak classes. [ Sultans of Sprint area / Santa Lucia ]
19:00 – Welcome briefing [ Sultans of Sprint area / Santa Lucia ]
20:00 – Dandy Riders Festival opening party [ Le Forum – Frejus ]
Saturday 29th september
10:00 – Warm up [ Santa Lucia – St Raphaël ]
11:30 – Race briefing [ Sultans of Sprint area / Santa Lucia ]
14:00 – Sultans of Sprint races [ Race Track / boulevard Delli Zotti – St Raphaël ]
20:30 – Sultans of Sprint podium/awards ceremony [ Santa Lucia / St Raphaël ]
21:00 – Sultans of Sprint Party Monster [ Santa Lucia / St Raphaël ]
22:00 – Live band & DJ set [ Santa Lucia / St Raphaël ]
Sunday 30th september
09:00 – Dandy Riders Festival opening. [ Santa Lucia / St Raphaël ]
18:00 – end of the event. [ Santa Lucia / St Raphaël ]
Sultans of Sprint race #4 | LOCATIONS
Dandy Riders Festival | St Raphaël [ FR ]
Dandy Riders Festival village is located at Santa Lucia harbour in St Raphaël. [ the all week end ! ]
Dandy Riders Festival opening party is located at Le Forum in Frejus. [ friday night only ! ]
>> Sultans of Sprint Race Track is located boulevard Delli Zotti in St Raphaël. [ saturday only ! ] <<
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.