Seven bike spill ends Oschersleben bid.!

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Congratulations to Team Taurus for their deserved win at Oschersleben and Roadrunner for their championship lead. For us, the race ended on lap two when Jari went down with six others, on fluid dropped by another competitor on the opening lap. Jari was hospitalised with a broken vertebrae and has been kept in for a few days for rest and observation. he is expected to make a complete recovery.

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The meeting until that point had gone well, qualifying fourth on aggregate, with Hugh Brasher showing his best performance of the year, mixing it with Dirk Brand, and finishing qualifying sixth in his session. Peter Linden continued to do what he does so well with Jari, still learning the circuit, tucked in just behind.

Within the team, we know this bike and rider line-up is the most competitive we have had for a while…..the problem is to prove it.!

The team depart for Finland this afternoon for the third round of the ICGP series being held at Imatra this weekend.

We will stay in touch.

RB

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Oschersleben 4 hrs

The Oschersleben 4 hrs race will support the WEC event on the weekend of 8/9th June. The race will actually be held on the Friday afternoon and into the evening on the 7th. The team will keep its very successful Paul Ricard line-up and with some further machinery modifications hopes to improve on the 4th class position achieved at Paul Ricard.

Looking forward once again to seeing you all there.

Thanks to Continental tyres, MC Electronics and all our other sponsors for their dedicated support.

RB

Fastest at Paul Ricard !

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4Hrs Endurance.

New man Jari Tuovinen  (Swe) stamped his mark with the fastest race lap at Paul Ricard. It was a great start with the new bike and the team were jubilant. As a first effort, Jari capitalised on the team’s 2nd position in qualifying and rode a great first stint. His record time was 2 mins 19.006 secs,  helping him to first place, followed by Team Force at the first changeover. Hugh Brasher and Peter Lindén consolidated until a blocked fuel filter  (always a possibility with new tanks despite the cleaning) and a broken gear lever necessitated two unplanned stops, dropping the team to 13th overall (4th Open) at the flag.

Congratulations to Continental Tyres on their fastest race lap. !

Thanks to all our sponsors for making this great start possible; this year the team is as keen as ever to give the bike its first race win….. Oschersleben is next , on June 7th .

See you there. RB

ICGP 350 Yamaha 

Peter Lindén, still battling back to full fitness, scored another fine 4th place in race one at Paul Ricard, trailing race winner Ian Simpson, 2018 champion Ant Hart and series leader Jean Paul Lecointe.

The team did not take part in race two due to an gearbox oil issue (exiting from the breather) which made it unsafe to contest the race. After 4 races (2 x Valencia and 2 x Paul Ricard) Peter still lies 2nd (TBC) in the championship. The next round is at Imatra on 15th June.    60492133_1374902079344134_293489185648541696_o

 

Paul Ricard – Round 1, Sat 11th May

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Paul Ricard is the first round of a four race European series for classic bikes up to 1986. The races are at Paul Ricard, Oschersleben in June, Spa in July and Misano in October. Then there is the big race of the year, the Classic Bol in September.

Peter Linden , Hugh Brasher and new boy, Jari Tuovinen all fly south on Thursday to try the Mk2 version of the team’s XR69 Suzuki at Paul Ricard. Since testing, extensive improvements have been made, mostly in detail but also with weight distribution, having found the bike a little front weight biased. All up weight for qualifying is a satisfying 169.5 kgs.

Thanks to all our sponsors for making it happen.

The new bike is a credit to the team, lets hope it goes as well as it looks.! See you down there.! RB

PS;

Peter Linden will also be contesting round two of the ICGP series, in which he lies second   at the moment, on the team’s Bill Simpson TZ350s. Good luck to Peter.

The two ICGP races are on Saturday and Sunday.

A good start at Aragon

After 108 laps, both Peter and Hugh pronounced the bike perfect. ! We could not have been more pleased with a first test. It was just one of those that went really well. I think a measure of a good test is; how much time do you get to eat in the evenings, or how long is the snag list ? Well, on both those measures it was fine – we had time to eat well!

So, to give you some idea; Over the 3 days we wanted to get Hugh bike familiar again and to shake out any problems with the XR69, find solutions and get the baseline set up. The weather was fine and the track remained available for almost 100% of the time, so all those were achieved. In fact conditions were ideal, with early morning track temperatures of 8 deg C, allowing low temp tyre testing and the 35 deg C afternoon temperatures giving the opportunity for hot testing. Continental have four tyre compound/types for the front and rear.

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We took the trusty 2018 P&M GSXR 1200 as a work horse and the new XR69, with 17″ wheels, to develop.

Hugh’s ability to switch concentration from work (he is glued to a laptop) to riding, and do both to 100%, is well known in the team, but his ease at doing it always surprises new team members. He practised both skills well and ended the two days with around 55 laps to his credit.

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Peter’s job was made simpler as a set of competitive XR69 base settings were already available from Classic TT races. The front geometry was close to perfect from the off, but the rear needed a lot of change. However, a good geometry setting was achieved on day one. On day two , shock and spring changes enhanced the handling further, plus some front spring and damping work finished the package off. Finally, some deliberate mis-settings gave us an understanding of the ends of operating windows before we go to Paul Ricard in 5 weeks time.

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It has to be reported that Peter had a light tumble when he hit pea gravel that was spread across the track after an incident. Four riders fell at this point.

The final session was given over to a trial ride by Jari  Tuovinen who completed 8 or so laps at a very competitive pace and who pronounced the bike ‘excellent’. Jari is an experienced Swedish superbike and endurance rider who will be joining Hugh and Peter in the rider line-up for Paul Ricard. After a successful off-road career, Jari turned to road racing eight years ago and most recently competed in Bol d’ Or on a YART prepared machine last September.

Nine team members were at Aragon and some useful training was done, which should make the team stronger as those people take on roles later in the season.

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Thanks to all the team , riders and sponsors for making this test possible.

Paul Ricard 4 hrs will be held during the evening of Saturday 11th May, we hope you can make it.    RB

 

 

Aragon – First test of the 2019 bike.

Following the Valencia ICGP race two weeks ago, the team are on the road to Spain again this weekend (22-24th March), for a 3-day test.

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The new XR69 framed bike is close to completion in its MK1 form and is ready for some track testing. The building of this bike started in November 2018 and is based around a copy XR69 Suzuki frame, coupled with Yamaha 43mm forks, Dymag wheels, Beringer brakes and an Ohlins shock. The team have stuck with the 1986 based GSXR1100 engine spec as used last season, for now… It seems that others will be competing using later Suzuki Bandit engines, so if these are not policed out as illegal, we shall swap over later.

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As with most first tests, we shall be testing the integrity of the secondary items ( battery boxes, brackets etc) whilst setting the basic geometry and starting on engine set-up. Later we will do suspension and a bit of tyre pressure experimentation. We also have a couple of yoke offsets to try and two exhaust system configurations to test.

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One of the main reasons to change machines for this season was to take advantage of the excellent Continental 17” tyre range. Trying and setting these will be one of the most exciting parts of the test.

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Peter Linden and Hugh Brasher will be doing the testing and two new team members, Katy Jones and Stuart Scott will be at circuit with us for the first time, both in training roles.

A big thank you to all our sponsors for making it all possible.

More to follow after the test. RB

Peter Linden- 2nd in ICGP series.

Peter Linden scored two fine second places at the first round of the 2019 International Classic GP series held at Valencia, 2nd-3rd March. The team had prepared a pair of Bill Simpson TZ350s for a taster year in the series, just to see how far Peter could get. The Valencia reward was above expectation, in part due to Anthony Hart’s unfortunate gearbox failure and crash towards the end of race one, whilst leading, and the absence of Mike Edwards and Ian Simpson from the meeting.

IMG_2200Despite this, nothing should be taken from Peter’s determined performance. The meeting started well, with plenty of laps being covered in the early unofficial sessions and with steady progress being made against the opposition, which came mainly from Anthony Hart and Jean Paul Lecointe, both predictably Yamaha mounted. Peter’s progress was halted in the final qualifying session with an engine seizure and fast crash.  He was bruised but not seriously hurt. Notwithstanding this, his final qualifying time was just one tenth of a second off Anthony’s pole, 1.51.67 vs 1.51.78 which was a great performance.

IMG_2352After a lengthy rebuild, race one set the scene for the weekend; which ended after two processional races, both of which Jean Paul Lecointe won, inheriting the race one win after Ant Hart’s retirement, and on merit in race two. In the second uneventful race, Peter Linden was second in both and Richard Peers-Jones third.

IMG_2310Peter and the team were very pleased with the finishing positions, which were all the more impressive knowing the level of pain that Peter was enduring during each race and the good judgement shown through not pushing on this occasion. Seconds were a great reward.

Round two of the ICGP series is at Paul Ricard on 12th May.