Pfeiffer Wins At The Isle Of Man TT
The multi-talented Christian Pfeiffer has added another trophy to his growing collection of accolades by winning the TT Freestyle Championship for Streetbikes that took place as part of the centenary celebrations for the 100th Isle of Man TT
The multi-talented Christian Pfeiffer has added another trophy to his growing collection of accolades by winning the TT Freestyle Championship for Streetbikes that took place as part of the centenary celebrations for the 100th Isle of Man TT last weekend.
In front of a crowd of more than 10,000 people on Douglas Promenade, the 37-year-old from Halblech in Germany showed why he and the BMW F 800 have become an almost unbeatable combination in stunt competitions this year. Up against some of the world's top freestyle riders, including Humberto Ribeiro from Portugal; Hungarian rider Zoltan Angyal; local boy Mattie Griffin from just across the Irish Sea; and Swedish stunt ace Matti Tepsa, Pfeiffer won the TT Freestyle Trophy after three days of near perfect performances in changeable weather conditions.
"Although we'd had dry conditions on Friday's practice rounds and Saturday's two rounds, the weather on Sunday was very wet, which made things extremely slippery," said the current European Stunt Riding Champion. "I was a bit worried, as I hadn't been riding my F 800 much at all because I have been doing lots of off-road preparation for Erzberg. However, in the wet, slippery conditions I felt completely at home, so this probably helped me in the end! It was a great atmosphere on the prom and the crowd was making a lot of noise, although there was less hand clapping than usual, probably due to the fact that everyone seemed to be holding pints of beer!"
The stunt competition was also shown on two giant video screens in front of the theatre in Douglas, so all the motorcycle fans were able to appreciate the talents of the world's best freestyle riders. And in-between rounds, Chris was able to watch some of the top road racers putting in fast laps around the legendary Mountain Course.
"Those guys are seriously brave," said Chris. "To do what they do on public roads is something special. I couldn't believe how many slow corners there are on the course, so to achieve average speeds of almost 130 mph (208 km/h) over a 37-mile (60 km) lap is amazing."
Results from the TT Freestyle Championship for Streetbikes
1. Chris Pfeiffer
2. Humberto Ribeiro (Portugal)
3. Zoltan Angyal (Hungary)
4. Mattie Griffin (Ireland)
5. Matti Tepsa (Sweden)