FIM-E Champions Review – Super Twin Bike Pilot Marcus Christiansen
words and photos by Ivan Sansom and Rose Hughes
To say the father and son team of Speedy Claus and Marcus Christiansen are on something of a roll in Super Twin would be a major understatement. 2023 represented a fourth FIM-E championship in a row for Marcus on board their uniquely thought out injected V-Twin but they also went through the season undefeated and resetting their ET best with a stellar 6.105 at the end of it. We caught up with Marcus during the offseason and the bad news for the competition is the Danish duo won’t be resting on their laurels in 2024.
You won your fourth championship in a row in 2023. How do you look back at the season just gone?
Well what a ride it’s been! We kicked things off in England at Santa Pod, where we set the stage for an incredible season by winning the race with 6.22 in the final. We played it safe, but the victory set the tone for what was to come.
Our next adventure took us to Tierp, Sweden, for two races where we faced the unpredictable element of rain, which unfortunately led to eliminations being cancelled midway through, where we due to face Vesa Lipponen who had just ran a 6.2. That would have been a tight race!!
The second race in Tierp saw us dominate the competition with low ETs once again, securing victories in the first two elimination rounds. We were all set for an epic showdown in the final against Per Bengtsson and The Beast, but time slipped away, and the final was called off due to the track curfew.
With a new paintjob, it was off to Hockenheim for the Nitrolympx, marking the beginning of three consecutive race weekends. We gradually turned up the heat and secured another impressive win with a series of 6.2 runs. Special thanks to our event sponsor, Torxster, for their support during this event.
Our home [non-championship solo sprint] event at Mosten MC Raceday was another highlight where we executed three flawless rounds to secure yet another trophy over the eighth mile. However, our journey wasn’t without its bumps. We had to change the engine due to crank fatigue, a testament to the rigorous demands of this sport.
Heading into the final race at Santa Pod in September, we had already clinched the championship, allowing us to take some risks. Our ambition was to break the world record ET for the quickest normally aspirated bike, and we came oh-so-close, missing it by just 0.009 seconds!
Overall, this season has been nothing short of fantastic. We strategically balanced safety and performance, securing crucial points early on and then pushing the limits to achieve low ETs.
What was your season highlight?
Definitely chasing the world record for fastest normally aspirated bike at the Euro Finals.
And that would also be missing out on the record with just 0.009sec. While we’re a little disappointed, it only fuels our motivation to chase it down next season. We know our bike has the potential, and we’re determined to unlock it.
Toughest moment of the season?
The Tierp races, mentality being ready for the tough competition and then it gets cancelled before running the final. it’s really annoying both times because these rounds against the tough guys like Per and Vesa makes things very exciting and you want to prove yourself against these guys.
Plans for next year?
Win win win! 😜 and also become the World’s quickest naturally aspirated bike. As winter approaches, we’ll be working hard to prepare the bike for another championship run in 2024.
Sponsors/people to thank?
A special shoutout to Monster Energy, Morten Fuglsang & Mosten MC, Torxster, CTS, AllingeåbroMotorfestival, Titty Twister, Per Bengtsson at Bentec, willers varmeservise, and everyone else who contributed to our success. You know who you are, and we couldn’t have done it without you!
With no sign of a drop off in enthusiasm, it will take something pretty special to knock Speedy’s Racing off the top of the Super Twin perch in 2024, and we wouldn’t bet against another title or that NA record ET mark landing back in Denmark by the end of next year.
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