We leave today, Sunday and are on track first thing Thursday AM. Peter Linden and Hugh Brasher will defend the team’s 2015 win (Linden/Dickinson) using the ex-Oschersleben bike. Post Oschersleben the detonation damage was repaired and the engine freshened ready for the back end of the season.
There are some great aspects of this event; notably the circuit and the world championship status of the main 24hrs race. But there are some negatives too; like being in an unsecured paddock with very poor facilities which is also a good distance from the pits!. Anyway, these trials are there there to be overcome – I am sure that we can lock all the valuables in the truck each time we go on track and we can always use the R2CL toilets… and anyway the pushing will do us good..
Another great thing about the Bol d’Or is that it attracts back lots of the old stalwarts, both racers and spectators, so I am looking forward to seeing many old faces again.
The race itself is a hotch -potch of classes, basically anything goes now, up to about 1995, and any capacity. It puts us at a bit of a disadvantage with such an old girl (1981), up against the GSXR1100s of 1990 and the 916s of later, It really is a post classic race with a classic support class.
See you there. RB