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.
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 Currently, no overnight stays are allowed in the paddock, so we are hoping that that rule is also rescinded on the 4th July and we can do some team socialising in the ‘Park’.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.
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.
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. !
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.
Last Saturday’ s Phase One do, combined with Lida’s Birthday party was a great success.
The hog was plenty big enough to feed over a hundred hungry mouths and the band were great.
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.
A great time was had by all.
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.
We have just added quite a few new items, particularly P&M bodywork. I hope you find something that you need. Once our restoration of P&M Frame 17 ( the 78/79 Cowie /Toleman British championship winning bike) is complete, it will be easy to see what we have left over! By the way, if anyone would like to get involved with that project, please let me know. The plan is to restore it to its 1979 endurance spec, as a running race bike and then put it on museum loan. More soon. RB