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.
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:
- Fastré 1.47.6
- Mertens 1.48.6
- Betucchi 1.48.8
- Atkinson 1.49.7
- Neeves 1.49.9
- Lindén 1.50.4
Misano 4 hour Race Result:
- Team Taurus 123 laps
- Phase One Endurance 123 laps (- 21 seconds)
- Motobox 121 laps
- Moto Bel Guzzi 119 laps
- Team Smtex 119 laps
- 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
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.