Pure bikes. No dragsters. Two wheels. Two cylinders. Maximum 1200 cc. These are the key facts of the most exciting sprint challenge in 2016.
Usually in 1/8 mile sprints, DIY mechanics, hobby racers and small racing teams compete against each other. Head to head, the loser is kicked out. A familiar concept. The new sprint series Essenza goes one step further. Essenza calls the motorcycle manufacturers and importers into the arena. BMW vs. Ducati. Harley-Davidson vs. Kawasaki. Battling with Moto Guzzi, Suzuki, Triumph and Yamaha. Essenza is looking for a direct comparison of the motorcycle manufacturer and the talented independent teams – a handful of motorsports enthusiasts and custom builders who join this professional league. In total: 16 motorcycles.
With a maximum of two cylinders and no more than 1200 cc displacement. The 1/8 mile sprints will take place twice this year: on 3 September at Glemseck 101 in Leonberg and on 8 October INTERMOT in Cologne under “Intermot customized”. All participants design their vehicles in cooperation with popular bike builders to create individual puristic pieces. The 16 bikes will also enter a design competition: judged by a professional jury and by the public. Eventually, there will be two winners at Essenza: the fastest motorcycle and the best designed bike.
The Sprint. The rules are archaic. Everyone has the same opportunities. But too slow means kicked out.
All Essenza bikes must meet the criteria of the sprint series. The rules are simple, but efficient. This ensures equal opportunity for everyone. Each motorcycle must be powered by an engine with no more than two cylinders. The maximum displacement is 1200 cc. Trikes and quads are not eligible. The vehicle can only have two wheels. No wheelie bars or extended swing arms permitted. There are no restrictions to the outer design of the motorcycle.
The races will take place at Glemseck 101 in Leonberg and INTERMOT 2016 in Cologne. 16 pre-registered participants are eligible. They start on a dead straight, paved 1/8 mile (200 meters) long strip. The sprints are decided in a knockout of two starters. The race will be held at both, Glemseck 101 and INTERMOT. Winners are the highest ranked participants from two sprints.