European Classic Bike Series Paul Ricard 2016

Phase One made a solid start to the defence of their European Classic Bike Series over the weekend, with rider duo Peter Linden and Ian Simpson scoring a well deserved podium at the end of the 4 hour endurance race.

The first qualifying session saw both Peter and Ian running well, coming home in 5th and 2nd place in their respective groups.

Valuable testing time at Valencia has seen the team’s P&M Suzuki honed and refined ahead of the trip to the Paul Ricard in the south of France, but some further improvements to aid the riders were still needed. This included an adjustable brake lever fitted on site by Beringer, needed to “accommodate Ian’s big hands” according to the team.

The second qualifying session took place in cooler conditions as the sun set over Provence, with Peter and Ian qualifying in 2nd position overall, behind the Belgian Team Force pairing of Richard Hubin and Gregory Fastre. Another UK team, Alf’s Motorcycles, qualified in 4th.

Come race day the weather was perfect for racing, with temperatures close to 20°C and the sun due to set close to 8:30pm.

The exciting Le Mans style start saw the race get underway with all the usual commotion, but Phase One got away without a hitch to put themselves in the lead group.

As the race progressed and temperatures dropped, the ContiRoadAttack 2 CR tyres used by the majority of the front runners including Phase One and Team Force coped well with the cooler conditions.

With only the headlights to show the way, 2014 champions Team Force were able to pull away from the chasing pack with the Neate family’s #17 bike, along with the Phase One Suzuki, doing everything they could to claw back some time on the front runners.

At the end of the four hours, the Continental UK backed Phase One bike took a hard earned 3rd place on the podium, behind the Neate family in 2nd, and fellow Conti runners Team Force on the top step with a valuable victory.

The next round will see the teams and riders back in action at Spa from 1st July, giving Phase One plenty of time to analyse their performance and find that little bit extra from the bike to give them the edge over their rivals.

Find out more about the ContiRoadAttack 2 CR here.