Peter Linden and Hugh Brasher line up against totally unknown opposition at Italy’s final 4 hrs race (part of the Italian classic endurance championship) at Misano in two weeks time. For Hugh Brasher it will be a new circuit and for Peter Linden a return to Misano after a 20 years absence.
The Italian federation have been extremely positive about welcoming Sweatshop Phase One to the event which is held on Saturday evening and encompasses day and night sections. After the race there is a gala dinner for all, which is something that we are all looking forward to.
Core team members travel to Italy via Ainsa in the Pyrenees for the annual green laning jaunt which runs this year from 1st -7th October. Peter Linden reports that his ribs are almost 100% healed, so we are urging him to be careful in Spain, some hope ! The event evolves each year and with a line up of six bikes it’s sure to provide the usual set of spills and thrills.
Aragon is the final race for the team, and for the championship this year, and preparations are well under way. In fact, for Misano the team will ride only the Kawasakis, opting to keep the Suzuki fresh for Aragon, after some extensive engine and rolling chassis work following the Nurburgring weekend.
As well as some serious engine refreshing, the team is very pleased to have secured the services of Ian Simpson in an effort to extract every ounce out of the rider line up at this crucial event. The team first worked with Ian at Donington, where he kindly stood in for the injured Peter Linden for the first Suzuki test. It should be great to listen to the pair swopping set up comments !! We very much welcome Ian to the 2014 team.
Although Cormac will not be riding at this event, he has made a significant contribution to the team’s success this year and we are very pleased to have secured his agreement to give support and advice during the race, from the pit box.
Anyway, Misano is next…see you there?