After his superb performance at the Classic Bol, former South African Superbike champion Mike Dickinson was drafted back into the Phase One endurance team last weekend for the Misano 4 Hour in Italy.
The end of the season is proving to be very busy for Phase One. The smell of victory from the Classic Bol was still fresh in the air as the team headed for Misano, knowing that the following weekend they would be in action again at Snetterton for Endurance Legends, and then Aragon at the end of the month for the European Classic Bike Series.
Free practice at Misano saw beautiful sunny conditions, but these failed to hold out for the rest of the weekend. Qualifying saw torrential downpours, and the thirty or so teams came home soaked to the skins, with Phase One working hard to secure pole position despite the difficult conditions.
Conditions for the race were even worse, and as the rain continued to fall, the risk of aquaplaning got bigger. At one point, Team Principal Russell Benney thought the race would be abandoned, but organisers continued to let it run.
Some marvelous riding from both Linden and Dickinson as darkness fell eventually saw the pair bring the P&M Suzuki home in first place, with it’s ECU sealed in a polythene bag, giving the team their first ever win at the circuit, just in front of Horvath Guzzi of Austria.
Backed by Continental, Phase One are one of the UK’s top classic motorcycle endurance teams and the 2013 European Classic Bike Series endurance champions.
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