Do you remember the terrific FTR1200 Custom that Indian Motorcycle built around six months ago? Indian built it to celebrate its return to the flat track racing. The bike not only gathered tremendous attention because of its looks, but it also won the championship.
The FTR1200 is one of the most exciting custom motorcycles ever built. Considering its popularity, Indian Motorcycle thought why not get this thing into racing. And with this, the FTR1200 is going to race in the Sultans of Sprint races.
Sultans of Sprint is a racing series that brings together the best bike builders from the new custom bike scene in Europe to race and to party. Its key festivals take place in Italy, Belgium, Germany, and France. There are numerous categories in which racing takes place. The FTR1200 will be competing in the Factory class.
This class is newly created. To be eligible for it, motorcycles must be four-stroke (air or water cooled). There is no limit regarding the engine capacity providing that the tuned bike does not exceed a specific power-to-weight ratio.Bikes can either be customized by private workshops or can be entered by a manufacturer as an ‘in-house’ custom built racer.
Speaking about the participation of Indian Motorcycle in the Sultans of Sprint, Sebastian Lorentz, Founder of the event, said, “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.”
If you want to spot the FTR1200 racing, here’s the schedule that it is going to follow. First, it will race 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.
Grant Bester, VP and General Manager for Indian in EMEA said, “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. 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.”
Schedule of Sultans of Sprint:
Race 1 – The Reunion, Monza, Italy, 19th to 20th May
Race 2 – Bikers Classic, Spa, Belgium, 30th June to 1st July
Race 3 – Glemseck, Germany, 30th August to 2nd September
Race 4 – Dandy Rider’s Festival, 22nd to 24th September