Steven and Simon Tirsgaard belongs, despite adversity still to the absolute elite in road racing in Denmark.
In spring 2008 Simon and Steven started the rebuilding of a recently purchased truck. The truck will be the base for the family during road racing trips. Steven belongs to the elite in Denmark, while younger brother Simon is heading in the same direction. Karsten Tirsgaard is participating in the rebuilding. He corrects his son´s decisions several times and he is right - every time. Of course the sons will not admit to that in the moment.
In Denmark, Steven and Simon Tirsgaard are big names in road racing. Steven won in 2011 his third Danish Championship in a row in the largest class of road racing, while Simon made his debut in the same class with a fourth place. “I was not happy with the result. I was so close to a third place, but I was driven off in one of the last heats, says Simon Tirsgaard”. A striking image of the ambitions and the winner mentality, which characterizes the brother.
Steven is still the best, but little brother Simon is trying to change that. “At the beginning of Simon's career, I helped him a lot, but not anymore, Steven says with a smile.” The brothers still share team and tent, but they have small secrets to each other when it comes to the bikes.
2008 will in many ways be a remarkable year for the brothers. They did not only lose their beloved father. They also lost the man who was the engine of the brothers' career as road racers. With invaluable help from Preben Nielsen from Horsens the team and the ambitious plans continued. Steven won the championship in 2009, 2010 and then again in 2011. Team Martin - Speed Of Light is still Denmark's most professional road racing team.
Plans for 2012 are new motorcycles and Steven is hoping to win his fourth Danish Championship. He also hopes that little brother Simon becomes number two. “I will be number one, and Steven will be number two, Simon says with conviction.”
The brothers drive motorcycles from Honda, the CBR 1000 RR Fireblade model with 190 horsepower. In practice that means it takes about two seconds to reach from 0 to 100 km/h and 6 seconds to reach 200 km/h. Or as Steven puts it: "They can move...!"