Friday, July 1, 2022

Royal Enfield achieves flat track success

HOT on the heels of Royal Enfield announcing that they could launch a flat track racing development school in Australia next year, the sport continues to pay results for the brand, this time in Europe.

Royal Enfield’s first year of competitive flat track racing on European soil came to a perfect finish, securing a clean sweep of season wins in the Twins Class category in the UK, at the hands of team mates Gary Birtwistle and Aussie Paul Young.

Together, the duo claimed the chequered flag in all five rounds of racing, clinching first and second places in the Championship at the final round, held on a unique TT circuit at Greenfield Dirt Track, Lincolnshire.

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With an additional right-hand turn and a jump incorporated into the track, it was all to play for going into this final weekend of the season.

With Royal Enfield’s principal rider, Gary Birtwistle having his season cut short with a broken scaphoid in his wrist (having won the first three races), it all came down to teammate Paul Young to secure the crown for the Royal Enfield team.

Relatively new to flat track, but with years of GP2 racing experience under his belt, Paul flew through the qualifying heats and found himself at the front of the grid heading into the final.

While being pushed hard all the way to the final lap, the chequered flag and the 2021 Championship title was destined to be claimed by Paul and Royal Enfield.

The result marked Royal Enfield’s first ‘factory’ European Championship win since the legendary Johnny Brittain won the ACU Star at the National Trials Championship back in 1956.

After a hiatus of 65 years, this marks an exciting new milestone for Royal Enfield as it further develops its footing in the world of competitive racing.

Royal Enfield Flat Track Racing
Royal Enfield Flat Track Racing
Andrew Jenkin
Andrew Jenkin
Andrew Jenkin is a motoring enthusiast, with a passion for two and four wheels. It's pretty much a given there'll be at least two motorbikes in his garage and he needs no excuses to hit the open road. Andrew grew up reading magazines like Street Machine and Heavy Duty and has a love for all things performance.


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