The Young Guns' Indian Scout, aka Miracle Mike, is doing its part to show that Indian means business when it comes to motorcycle racing. This racing motorcycle continues to prove itself as a formidable sprint racer under the firm hand of Katja Poensgen, winning the Superbike category at Punks Peak.
“The Scout is running so, so well,” she said. “I know that the Young Guns dialled up the power for the race and I could certainly feel that on the sprints today.”
In her third sprint Katja sent sparks flying from underneath Miracle Mike as she leant him over through the small bend halfway in the course giving the Young Guns a job to replace a section of exhaust that she scraped away.
The Young Guns, Fabian Witzig and Nik Heer, celebrated in the pits with Katja and were absolutely thrilled with the win. For Fabian, the technical mastermind behind much of the engine work on the Scout, it was a relief that Katja had returned safely, but also that his creation thrashed a field made up of Ducati, BMW, Yamaha, Buell, Harley-Davidson machines and even an electric bike from Essence Motorcycle.
Fabian said: “It feels amazing. You just have to look in the pits now to see how the standard of bikes is increasing. The best thing for me was to see Katja today take that corner at full throttle, it really was an amazing sight.”
In a field of over 100 machines and five different classes, Miracle Mike topped the most prestigious class. This stripped down sprinter – with a nitrous oxide system mated to the Scout’s already powerful 1133cc V-twin engine – is gaining a large fan following of people who love both the headless chicken story behind it and the craftsmanship by the Young Guns.
Grant Bester, VP/GM for Indian Motorcycle in Europe said: “This project was all about bringing the right cool people together to see what Indian could do. We wanted to try and bring back the essence of the Indian Motorcycle Company in building, competing and having fun. Seeing Katja ride Miracle Mike today was a thrill and I’m delighted that Indian came out on top.”
There’s some downtime for the Young Guns and Miracle Mike now as the second and final Essenza sprint race is a few months away in September at Glemseck, Germany.