2020- Back to Endurance

We can now confirm that preparations are well underway for another crack at the European Classic races. ! The team will run a pair of GSXR Suzuki powered XR69s, based on last year’s ‘prototype’, in all five races. Phil Atkinson, who joined the team for Misano last year, ( when we won the open category) will join the regular rider line-up of Hugh Brasher and Peter Linden.

More soon, but in the meantime –

Valencia  14-16th  April    Team test

Paul Ricard    4 hrs   8th – 10th May

Assen  4hrs   5-7th June

Spa Francorchamps  4 hrs  3rd-5th July

xxxxxxx   UK September date  TBC

Misano   4 hrs 9-11th October

 

RB

 

These are some of the XR69 frame photos.

 

 

 

 

End of season do – a great success.!

Last Saturday’ s Phase One do, combined with Lida’s Birthday party was a great success.

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The hog was plenty big enough to feed over a hundred hungry mouths and the band were great.

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The re-vamped workshop was heaving with writhing bodies till past mid-night.  There were folk from the past and from the present team, plus lots of associates.

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Now the hard work will start raising the money for next year……. Plus, if you know anyone who wants to get involved in the preparations and races next year…now is the time to get in touch. All with enthusiasm and some basic life skills are very welcome.

RB

For Sale Page – updated

We have just added quite a few new items, particularly P&M bodywork. I hope you find something that you need.  Once our restoration of P&M Frame 17 ( the 78/79 Cowie /Toleman British championship winning bike) is complete, it will be easy to see what we have left over! By the way, if anyone would like to get involved with that project, please let me know. The plan is to restore it to its 1979 endurance spec, as a running race bike and then put it on museum loan.  More soon. RB

Open Class win at Misano

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After superb battles with Team Force and then with Taurus Suzuki, Phase One Endurance finished second overall (first in class), just 21 seconds adrift at the end of the race.

Peter Lindén and Phil Atkinson did everything right, both racing at a measured low risk pace, steadily rising to third place within the first hour.

It was at stop one (Lindén to Atkinson) that the only big event of the team’s race occurred: and it was this that prevented the team from winning!

During Peter Lindén’s final laps of session one, Team Force’s Suzuki started gushing oil, so much so that it took over a minute (the minute that cost us the win) to clean our bike and make it safe during the pit stop.

Peter and the bike were absolutely covered! Screen, forks, tank and front wheel were thoroughly cleaned before Phil Atkinson resumed.

Crazily, Team Force rejoined  for two or three laps, still gushing, before retiring shortly afterwards.

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During the latter stages of the race. Taurus remained tantalizingly close, just ahead, with Roadrunner and Motobox always presenting a threat from the rear.

A thoroughly enjoyable and professional performance by the Team and rider line-up alike.

Plus, a very satisfying debut for Phil Atkinson, an excellent fellow and top rider.

Qualifying times were:

  1. Fastré        1.47.6
  2. Mertens    1.48.6
  3. Betucchi    1.48.8
  4. Atkinson   1.49.7
  5. Neeves      1.49.9
  6. Lindén      1.50.4

Misano 4 hour Race Result:

  1. Team Taurus                        123 laps
  2. Phase One Endurance        123 laps (- 21 seconds)
  3. Motobox                                121 laps
  4. Moto Bel Guzzi                     119 laps
  5. Team Smtex                          119 laps
  6. Motorsport Eikelenboom   119 laps

The team finished the 2019 championship in third position, behind Europarts Suzuki and Team Force.

FMI 250/350 TT2 Tempi Race

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Peter Lindén scored a superb 3rd place om the 2-stroke support race, taking the team’s TZ350 to its 3rd international podium finish of the year.

It amazed us was that at Misano, a relatively fast circuit, Peter’s lap times on the TZ were so similar to those on the XR69 Endurance bike. This was a really top performance before Peter’s retirement for the winter and a new titanium left knee.

Thank you all, team, riders and sponsors alike for a superb end to the Team’s 34th season.

RB

 

 

13th on the old P&M at the Classic Bol !

Last weekend’s Classic Bol was just as it should have been. With 68 starters, a highly competitive field and a race full of drama, it was the the best Classic Bol for years. Our race was never going to be special; after a light crash and then a gearbox failure on the XR69, we were forced to use the spare bike, which slowed us by approx 4 seconds per lap. Nevertheless, we pushed hard and despite a unplanned battery stop in leg one achieved a 13th combined race finish.

For us race two, with no problems, was the better leg. Linden started, hobbling across the track to slot into 8th place at the end of lap one. Peter then had a fun 45 minutes, swopping more than 10 times between 8th and 10th, with old friend and team mate Stephane Mertens watching the drama from 11th on the team bike Honda RC 30. Hugh Brasher rode well, consolidating the position and allowing Peter Linden, in his second stint, to springboard to 7th at the end of Saturday’s race. Team Bike (Mertens/Sinclair) finished leading Brits in 5th, Phase One 7th, Team Parts Europe (White/Crampton) were 8th and Neate Racing (Neate/Towers) were 12th, after suffering an oil seal failure in the late stages.

The team will be back on the No.1 bike at Misano in 3 weeks for the final race of 2019.

Thanks to all, team and sponsors alike, it was another fine Bol d’Or Classic. !!

 

Classic Bol d’Or, 20th to 22nd September

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Enduring start to the 2019 Classic Bol d’Or!
Peter Linden and Hugh Brasher had a testing day one at this year’s event.
During the first session, Hugh Brasher was cruelly brought down by another rider (Team 88), whose ambition clearly outweighed his talent.
The team replaced the damaged components only to suffer a first gear failure in the first Qualifying session.
Despite those setbacks, the team managed to get a top ten position in the changeable track conditions.
At the time of writing the crew are aiming to do a gearbox transfer from the spare engine in an effort to get the bike ready for qualifying 2 tomorrow morning.

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2019 ICGP – Peter Linden 2nd.!

Donington Park 27th /28th July – what a wash out. ! The final round of what in the end was just a four race series, was held over a weekend of torrential rain. Peter did what he needed to do, finishing 3rd (350), behind Phil Atkinson and Ant Hart to secure second in the championship, but it was far from fun.

Jean Paul Lecointe finished a creditable fourth to consolidate his status as 2019 ICGP champion, a position he thoroughly deserved, after a faultless series long performance.

In summary, the team aimed to treat 2019 as a learning year and then have a crack at being competitive in 2020, so second in the championship was definitely beyond expectations. However, in terms of motorcycle development and set-up we still have an awful long way to go……..the Ant Harts and Ian Simpsons are well ahead, but in sight!

A big thank you to Eric Saul for his efforts in creating and running this series, to our lead sponsor Roy Hood, our trade sponsors and our dedicated team. Well done to all.

Classic Bol d’Or is next, 20/21st September. Round 1 Friday night, round 2 Saturday morning.

RB