The stunning Katja Poensgen, German motorcycle racer, has been announced as the rider of Indian’s ‘Miracle Mike’ Scout and will race it for the first time on Sunday. Katja will race 16 other competitors in the first Essenza sprint race tomorrow at the Montlhéry Autodrome in France. Katja said: “I am really looking forward to riding this killer machine! It looks great and it has really does have a lot of power. That’s exactly what I need. On Sunday I hope that me and Miracle Mike will get our first trophy.” To put Katja’s comment about the Scout’s power into context, last week the Young Guns Speed Shop spent time tuning Miracle Mike’s 1133ccc V-twin engine at Polaris Swissauto. There they worked with the very same engineers that designed the 750cc V-twin engine that’s powering the Scout FTR750 in the American Flat Track series. So far the Scout FTR750 has been undefeated in all seven races held to date. Nik Heer, creative mastermind at the Young Guns says that he and Fabian Witzig have managed to strip an incredible 48kg from the standard Scout’s 245kg weight and were thrilled with the power increase they saw. The pair crafted their own exhaust pipe system feeding into a prototype Akrapovič system, supplied directly by the factory as a special favour for the project. Nik explains: “We spent two full days on the dyno at Polaris Swissauto for fuel mapping and setting up the Nos computer. “At reaching 150HP we had to fight issues with a slippery clutch but we’ve sorted that. “At the end of the two days we had solid 185HP measured at the rear wheel and Miracle Mike did not run lean or suffer from any other crazy issues. Made us very happy.” The Essenza sprint races operate on a knockout system; you lose your race, you don’t go through. The first round of sprints halves the competitors down to eight, then there’s four more races to find the final four bikes. The winners of those two races then compete in the final. A second Essenza sprint race will then be held in September at Glemseck 101 event in Germany near Stuttgart with the overall winner being the fastest to compete at both races.