Segway Villain reaches 2nd place at the 24-hour race

40 vehicles were at the start of the most important race of the German Off Road Masters, the 24-hour race in Olszyna, Poland, from August 25 to 26. Two teams from "Segway Powersports Germany" were also present: Herkules Motor provided one vehicle and one team with the drivers Joe Meinel, Paul Zidko and Timo Gehnen and the starting number 315, the second vehicle and team was provided by the Herkules Motor dealer "Eble 4x4" with the drivers Leon Eble and Hendrik Soster and the starting number 314. The vehicles, both standard Segway Villain SX 10 with 72 inch chassis and 105 hp, still had to be partially modified for the start permit.


After qualifying, the two teams started from positions three and six in the UTV class and five and ten overall. Then, at 7 p.m., the starting flag fell. One lap was 18 kilometers long and demanded everything from the drivers: dusty, dry and hard tracks, forest passages with deep ruts and mud holes, stubble fields where the drivers could then give full throttle.

The "Segway Powersports Germany" team did not exceed 100 kilometers per hour. 24-hour races are not won by speed, but by consistency and as few stops as possible. But just in time for nightfall, the LED light bar at the top of Leon Eble's vehicle had shaken loose. In the pits, the mechanics fixed the beam with duct tape. This then held for the rest of the night.

Shortly before midnight, the Villain with rider Joe Meinel unfortunately had to give up due to an electronic fault on the crankshaft sensor, a part that has never broken before. But since both teams had competed together, the remaining team "Segway Powersports Germany" was supported with full power by all crew members.

The welded Yamaha rejoined the race with a lap and a half lead and defended the lead to the finish. Leon Eble himself still had to fear for second place and fought with a Can Am Maverick. Actually an unequal fight: The Segway Villain SX 10 with its 105 hp against the almost 200 hp of the Maverick. But the Villain has an equal chassis and also weighs about 100 kilograms less. On the high-speed passages over the stubble fields, the Villain was at a disadvantage, but in the narrow forest passages and in the twisty infield, it had the edge and ultimately prevailed. After 24 hours, 59 laps and 1062 kilometers, Leon Eble chased the Segway Villain across the finish line in second place in the UTV class and reached fourth place in the overall standings.