“You never get sick of winning,” was motor racing champion Carl Fogarty’s understated take on his maiden sprint success.
The Triumph ambassador returned to podium after winning the ‘Essenza Sprint’ on a supercharged Thruxton R in the 1/8 mile sprint races at Glemseck 101 in Germany.
It might sound like a prestigious Highland malt, but after 11 editions, Glemseck is a staple on the custom bike event circuit. Thousands of motorcycle devotees and café scene fanatics descended on the three-day event in Leonberg near Stuttgart. And with competitors from across Europe, competition was fierce.
Triumph entered two custom built Thruxton Rs. ‘The White Bike’, was ridden by Foggy, while the second, The Bulldog, was ridden by Christoph Lentsch of German motorcycle website 1000PS.
It was great fun,” Foggy said. “There was a really good atmosphere, a laid back show, and lots of crazy wonderful sights to see. Doing a competition again felt really good. I’ve never done a sprint race before, and you never get sick of winning – it still feels as good as it did the first time.”
Both Thruxton R’s were fitted with Rotrex Superchargers with custom fuel and injection maps and custom free-flowing exhaust systems.
The White Bike was fitted with a hand-made tailored Daytona 675 race fairing and seat with a Moto GP-inspired swing arm.
Meanwhile, The Bulldog was given a brooding streetfighter look with an all-black livery with red detailing, a custom Speed Triple R intake fairing and final touches including the factory-accessory seat and matching factory-accessory black wheels.
In the 1/8 mile sprint, the race was won or lost getting off the line, and Foggy – perhaps uncharacteristically – admitted that restraint was the key to success.
“It was about getting over the front of bike to make sure the front wheel stays down and getting the clutch out without the wheel spinning,” he said: “In some ways, almost not letting it out too fast is the key. If it’s too fast it’ll wheelie or spin sideways.”
In the spirit of classic café races, Glemseck saw 16 riders per category, with two riders at a time accelerating hard to reach the 200m line first. With just a two-week build time to prepare the bikes, Triumph engineers produced a race highlight in an incredibly short period.
“The bike was perfect,” he says. “The easiest thing was getting off the line, which is where the race is won. Especially for the machine and the guys at Triumph, the two-cylinder class is an important one for them to win.”
Is the White Bike way out there or does the Bulldog’s bark win the day?
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