Team’s 2020 debut at Most (CZ)

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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.

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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.

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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 !

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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.

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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.

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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

 

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These are some of the XR69 frame photos.

 

 

 

 

End of season do – a great success.!

Last Saturday’ s Phase One do, combined with Lida’s Birthday party was a great success.

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The hog was plenty big enough to feed over a hundred hungry mouths and the band were great.

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The re-vamped workshop was heaving with writhing bodies till past mid-night.  There were folk from the past and from the present team, plus lots of associates.

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Now the hard work will start raising the money for next year……. Plus, if you know anyone who wants to get involved in the preparations and races next year…now is the time to get in touch. All with enthusiasm and some basic life skills are very welcome.

RB