Royal Enfield wins 2021 DTRA Flat Track Twins Class Championship

Written by Nizam Shaikh

Royal Enfield has achieved a perfect finish in the first year of competitive Flat Track racing in Europe. Teammates Gary Birtwistle and Paul Young earned the season wins in the “Twins Class” category. Royal Enfield claimed a clean sweep finish, taking the chequered flag in all five rounds and securing both 1st and 2nd places in the championship. The fifth and final round of the 2021 DTRA season climaxed with an additional right-hand turn and a jump incorporated into the unique TT circuit at Greenfield Dirt Track, Lincolnshire.

The Team

The Principal rider for Royal Enfield’s Twin Class, Gary Birtwistle, had his season cut short due to an injury. After winning the first three races, the rider was down due to a broken scaphoid bone in his wrist. Thus it all came down to teammate Paul Young to secure the Championship Crown for the Royal Enfield Team. Though Paul Young is primarily a GP2 and new to flat track, the rider fought through the qualifying heats. Paul found himself at the front of the grid heading into the final. Paul took the chequered flag and the 2021 championship crown for Royal Enfield.

Royal Enfield’s First “Factory” European Championship

In 1956, legendary rider Johnny Brittain won the ACU Star – the National Trials Championship. Since then, this has been the brand’s first “factory” European Championship. After 65 years, the brand has taken the championship in Europe, marking a breakthrough for the brand. Royal Enfield also announced that the brand would further develop its footing in the world of competitive racing.

Royal Enfield FT Twin

The Royal Enfield Flat Tracker Twin is built under the Royal Enfield Customs programmes. The brand has employed a road racing chassis from Harris Performance and tuned the engine and suspension for the terrain. The motorcycle uses a parallel twin-cylinder 648cc air-/oil-cooled engine with twin throttle bodies. In its standard avatar, the engine makes 47 BHP of power and 52 Nm of torque. 

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