FIM-E Tierp Internationals, Tierp Arena, Sweden, 2019
FIM-E Top Fuel Bike
Reverting to a two speed transmission after opening the year with a direct drive setup, Filippos Papafilippou blasted into the low 5.70s during eliminations (having qualified low with a 5.7867) with a 5.725 at only 228mph. His semifinal match up with Jan Sturla Hegre produced a backed 5.784/228mph for a FIM-E Top Fuel Bike ET record; Hegre also recording his PB on a 6.049/206 and must be a strong bet for the next European rider into the five second club. On the lower half of the ladder Rikard Gustafsson also qualified strongly with a 5.8588/247, ran a mid six bye in the quarter finals and then PB'd with a 5.8126 at a huge 252.66mph (fastest pass in European history). The final was considerably delayed by rain and oils downs and both riders slowed into the mid six second zone with Fast Fil bouncing back into championship contention with the event win.
FIM-E Super Twin Bike
Super Twin wasn't quite the performance festival that the sharp end of the Top Fuel field delivered, but once again the increasingly great Dane Marcus Christiansen rumbled through eliminations with a series of mid sixes (his best of the weekend qualifying him low with a 6.4240) to take the event win with a 6.4867 over Gert-jan Laseur's exhaust dispatching eight second shut-off, the Dutch rider appearing in his first class final. Quickest rider of the event was Tommy Grimes Jr on Per Bengtsson's blown parallel twin which carded a 6.1958 despite an early shutoff in the opening round of eliminations
FIM-E Pro Stock Bike
The Pro Stock field was severely diminished during qualifying, especially when incoming points leader Janne Koskinen departed from his Suzuki during the opening round. Fortunately skin rash being the limit of the damage to himself, but that ended the Finnish team's participation here. Kalle Lyren was the only runner to dip into the sixes during qualifying, running a 6.9775 to head Fredrik Fredlund's 7.0141. Both riders progressed unmolested to the final through the opening round of eliminations, with Lyren's 6.9695/192.39 resetting both ends of the class record. The Parts Europe rider got the jump off the line in the final and was handed an easy win when Fredlund shutoff to avoid crossing the centreline although another consistent 6.9 from Lyren would have been tough to get around in any case.
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Words Ivan Sansom, photos courtesy and copyright Stefan Boman, timing data courtesy of nitroz.se