Overall and class wins at MOST(CZ) – Ian Simpson dominates!

171A0136

Ian Simpson was absolutely on fire at Most over the weekend of 8th/9th August. Fresh from his lockdown training regime, a slimmed down Simpson took to the new 2020 XR69 and the Most circuit like a duck to water. By the end of the free practice day Simpson was fastest on track, in front of all the German klassik championship regulars. At the close of the three qualification sessions he was also fastest with a fantastic 1min 45.67 lap in session two, with Thomas Meier on his ZXR in second on 1min 46.17. Session two was fastest, with track temperatures in the mid-40deg Cs, before rising to 50deg C in the final session, when the air temperature was a blistering 36 deg C. the achievement was all the more remarkable as this was achieved on a 1986 engine, way out of class compared to the up to 2002 opposition. (there were three classes; up to 1991, up to 1992 and up to 2002, he beat the lot)

171A0290 (2)

Momentum gained on the Friday and Saturday was impossible to quash – In the first race Simpson was as aggresive as a teenager into turn one (a slow right hander) passing three to take the lead after 7 seconds. He held that, with significant challenges from the Suzuki of Dominik Horvath and Axel Suess (Aprilia RSV) to win by 0.31 sec at the end of the 10 lap scrap. As well as the overall win, the class win (up to 1991) was achieved.

171A1857

Several Team stalwarts were unable to be at Most; Hugh Brasher was off on important Marathon duties. Peter Lindén was off for new knees ( expected back in action with a pair by February) and Linda Rutter off for an important operation.

171A2718

Ian Simpson stood in for Peter Lindén and Robert Burns had a great ride out on the 2019 bike, in the place vacated by Hugh Brasher. Ian Simpson went on to score a further class win in the second and final 10 lap race, finishing third overall in the 36deg C temperature. Robert Burns also finished both legs in comfortable and satisfying mid-field positions.

171A9916

Thanks to all who helped the team to this fantastic post-Covid-lockdown return ! There are too many to mention, but a few are; Hugh Brasher and Robert Burns, Ian and Sharon Mathias, Graham Matcham and Conti, plus Katy Jones for the super looms and Stuart Scott for his race winning bike build. Well done too, to all the other team members and sponsors – great preparation for the Misano 4 hrs in October. See you there.

 

Team’s 2020 debut at Most (CZ)

3bbc8-jg1_7637_02b1

With no FIM Classic Endurance planned until Misano, Ian Simpson will debut the new (2020) Suzuki XR69 (in competition) at Most (CZ) next weekend, following Peter Linden’s lay-off due to his forthcoming knee operation.

EELC Donington

Hugh will also be out on the 2019 XR69 at a circuit that none of us has any experience of. Most of the team’s main players will be there – Steve Bateman and Stuart Scott on mechanics duties, supported by Ben Nahum on tyres, Katy Jones on electrics, Lida doing admin and cooking and Martyn Watchurst performing a little goforing. Linda Rutter and Roy Hood will be back, together with Jacco we hope, for Misano on October 10th.

IMG_2210

The Cadwell Park tests were mainly positive but did throw up two embarrassing electrical problems, both of which have been remedied and will be run at Most. the positive bits were that the rollong chassis and engine performed excellently, despite only being out for a small number of laps. The 2019 bike performed very well and with no problems. The geometry on the 2020 bike is almost identical, with just a small offset change, so continuing setting up (in Ian’s capable hands at Most) should be confined to suspension.

At Cadwell Park , Phil Atkinson stood in for Peter Lindén at short notice and looked in red hot form, giving the team some useful feedback.

Ian Simpson, multiple BSB, British 600 and TT winner, rode with the team in 2015 to considerable success, scooping the Classic Endurance Championship that year.

Robbie Burns, another friend of the team, will also be in the pitbox being looked after by Bill Simpson who built and fettles his Yamaha TZ350.

We are all loooking forward so much to getting back into competition and paddock life, albeit late in the season. After all, its what we do !

13502529_568694120005780_6492861270454467724_o

Ryanair to Prague early Thursday AM.  See you there.

 

 

 

 

 

A new start at Cadwell Park

The team is gearing up for its first outing of 2020 at the No Limits track days at Cadwell Park on 20th and 21st July.

Hugh 3
Hugh Brasher at Paul Ricard 2019 (picture by Kel Edge)

Although perhaps not ideal for testing, it will be a great opportunity for the team to get back to a circuit and to do what we do best. Peter Lindén and Hugh Brasher will both be involved, provided there is no quarantine rule which will prevent Peter attending. The objectives will be limited to giving the riders rack time and some very preliminary trials with the new (2020) XR69. Currently, no overnight stays are allowed in the paddock, so we are hoping that that rule is also rescinded on the 4th July and we can do some team socialising in the ‘Park’.

As far as endurance racing is concerned, the EELC is a shambles – after a host of cancellations, postponements, date changes and new cancelled proposals, nobody has any confidence that anything other than Misano (in October) will happen this year.

It’s a real shame as that championship was starting to look pretty good. Without being too much of a pessimist – I wonder how many teams will not return after Covid – will there even be a championship again ? I certainly hope so.

IMG_8570
Peter Lindén at Misano 2019

The team is intending to make its 2020 race debut with Peter Lindén on the TZ350 at Most (CZ) on 8th/9th August. That should be a fantastic event looking at the line-up, with some of Europe’s best classic teams in attendance. Furthermore, many of the team have never raced at Most – so that will definitely make the weekend something special.   We are hoping that Hugh can also race at Most if his professional calendar allows.

Thanks again go to MC Electronics, Continental Tyres (Cambrian Tyres) and Marchant Engineering Services, plus all our loyal trade sponsors for making it all possible.

That’s the update for now. More soon.  RB

MC Electronics back for 2020

The team is proud to announce that MC Electronics will again support the effort in 2020. The Railway Safety Equipment Company run by Ian and Sharon Mathias, both avid motorcyclists, confirmed their backing late last month.

At that time, Phase One Endurance was able to offer a full five race series across five countries. How things have changed in such a short period.!

At the time of writing, both the Valencia test and Round One at Paul Ricard have almost certainly fallen victim to the virus. And now, only the most optimistic of competitors could predict Assen in early June will take place. Very uncertain times.

One thing is for sure though, we shall do our utmost to get the MC Electronics name to the top of the podium sometime this year. !

Thank you for your valuable support. RB

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.