Essenza – The Essence of Motorcycles
Pure bikes. No dragsters. Two wheels. Two cylinders. Maximum 1200 cc. These are the key facts of the most exciting sprint challenge in 2017.

Usually in 1/8 mile sprints, DIY mechanics, hobby racers and small racing teams compete against each other. Head to head, the loser is kicked out. A familiar concept. The new sprint series Essenza goes one step further. Essenza calls the motorcycle manufacturers and importers into the arena. BMW vs. Indian. Battling with Kawasaki and Suzuki. Essenza is looking for a direct comparison of the motorcycle manufacturer and the talented independent teams – a couple of motorsports enthusiasts and custom motorcycle builders who join this professional league. In total: 16 motorcycles.

With a maximum of two cylinders and no more than 1200 cc displacement. The 1/8 mile sprints will take place twice this year: 10 – 11 June at the Caferacer Festival Montlhery in France and on 1 – 3 September at Glemseck 101 in Leonberg. All participants design their vehicles in cooperation with popular bike builders to create individual puristic pieces. The 16 bikes will also enter a design competition: judged by a professional jury and by the public. Eventually, there will be two winners at Essenza: the fastest motorcycle and the best designed bike.


The Design. The design competition is not about a tenth of a second. What counts are the best looks.

The design competition is not about a tenth of a second. What counts are the best looks. On top of their performance, all participating Essenza bikes will also be judged in terms of their design. The motorcycles can be seen live at the Caferacer Festival Montlhery and at Glemseck 101  – gathered at the Essenza booth ot the stands of the owners. Between the two events, the 16 custom motorcycles will take part in a design competition, judged by a professional jury and by the public.

Futhermore a professional jury makes an evaluation. The jury consists of Matteo Adreani from The Reunion in Italy, Bertrand Bussillet from Café Racer festival in France and Jörg Litzenburger from Glemseck 101 in Germany. The award show of both votings will take place at the 2nd of September in Glemseck 101.


The Events. Two important events for a thrilling sprint.

The 1/8 mile sprint starts at two high-end events. First step takes place on 10 – 11 June 2017, at the open-air grounds of the Caferacer Festival Montlhery in France. Between authentic paddock athomosphere and breathtaking steep turn the Essenza races will be one of the highlights. By the way: The Caferacer Festival is located just 30 kms from the vibrant city of Paris.

A few weeks later, we enter the next round. On 3 September at the Solitude Racetrack in Leonberg as part of Glemseck 101, the largest multi-brand and type-independent motorcycle open-air festival in Germany. Like last year the Essenza runs are considerd to be the climax of the sprint races taking place at Glemseck 101.