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Kenneth Vik debuts Sovereign-Star Racing Suzuki for FIM competition


 

AMERICUS, Ga. – Norwegian Pro Stock Bike racer Kenneth Vik will seek the 2013 FIM Europe Drag Bike Championship title aboard his new Sovereign-Star Racing Suzuki motorcycle featuring the recently approved MonStar cylinder head technology.

This Star Racing-built Suzuki will be sponsored by Jenõ Rujp’s Sovereign Racing, the 2011 European Motorcycle Union (UEM) Championship team. The motorcycle features the new MonStar four-valve billet cylinder head, designed by Star Racing and Monster Race Products.

With his new Sovereign-Star Racing Suzuki, Vik will be the first European racer to run this new MonStar cylinder head in competition. This state-of-the-art product was officially approved for Pro Stock Bike competition in the FIM Europe Drag Bike Championship in April 2012.

“It will be an exciting season,” Vik said. “After the test sessions at Gainesville, Florida, we are sure this will be a strong competitor for the FIM title this year.”

These GS-style heads are custom machined by Monster Race Products in Clearwater, Kansas. After Star Racing owner, George Bryce, drew the initial design for the cylinder head on a napkin, Monster Race Products owner, Mitch Brown, brought Bryce’s idea to life by producing the heads.

“The Star Racing team is so proud that our new MonStar heads have been approved to race in the European series. This really shows the world that our new product is worthy of international recognition and is something that will greatly improve the racing competition in Europe. We are excited for Kenneth to be the first to show just how much power the engine has after all of our development and testing,” Bryce said.

Brown was instrumental in the production process for these heads as the team adjusted and improved the original design over the past couple of years. Monster Race Products also completed all of the CNC machining for the new product.

“We’ve been working tirelessly to improve and perfect these new MonStar heads ever since George sketched that first design on a napkin. It’s been a long process, but we’re confident that this product is the absolute best it can be. The billet aluminum that we’ve machined them from is an aircraft proprietary alloy and is about 10 times stronger than your standard cylinder head,” Brown said.

The possibility of new products and parts for Vik’s motorcycle is what originally brought this team together for the 2013 season. Vik had originally met Bryce and Rujp when their Sovereign Racing team was competing for the 2011 European Championship title, and Vik later began to discuss the option of partnering with them for his future racing needs.

“After using Vance & Hines for my engines for some years, I was at the point where I wanted to try something new, and Star Racing had some products that were very interesting. The new head looks very exciting,” Vik said.

Vik’s colorful, newly-painted Sovereign-Star Racing Suzuki will debut June 13-16 at the Sweden Internationals at Tierp Arena. His crew members include Atle Snapa; Jostein Christoffersen; his wife, Reidun; and his children, Theodor and Victoria. Tor Erik Westbye will also assist the crew at a couple of races during the season.

Vik, who has been racing since 2000, won the Nordic Championship for Funny Bike in 2005 and has been racing Pro Stock Bike since 2006. He is self-employed and lives in Skarnes, Norway.

Star Racing is based in Americus, Georgia, United States. The company’s owners, George and Jackie Bryce, have been involved in professional motorcycle drag racing for more than 30 years. Star Racing has won six U.S. National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) Championships and 79 NHRA National Events with 10 different drivers.

Vik’s European Sovereign-Star Racing team would like to thank the following sponsors: Sovereign, Star Racing, Tanko AS, Småbåthavner AS and Veflen Entreprenør.

 


Star Racing Fast Facts:

  • Based in Americus, Georgia
  • Six-time NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle Championships
  • 78 NHRA national event wins with nine different riders
  • Owned by George & Jackie Bryce

Sovereign Racing Team Fast Facts:

  • Based in Budapest, Hungary
  • 2011 European Championship Team with rider Jesper Thiel
  • Owned by Jenõ Rujp



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