With a sizeable gap between the opening round of the European Classic Bike Series at the Paul Ricard and the second round at Spa in late July, reigning champions Phase One Endurance are getting hungry for some action.
As with previous years, this means a trip to the famous Mettet circuit in Belgium.
The 3.418-mile track situated in Walloon province was completed in 2010 next to the site of an old street circuit which hosted races from as early as the 1920s, with the famous John Surtees winning 350 & 500cc class races there back in 1958.
Last year Phase One were beaten into 2nd place by Team Force of Belgium, also competing for the European Classic Bike Series title, and are determined not to let that happen again in 2016.
Peter Linden and Stephane Mertens will be swinging their leg over the team’s P&M Suzuki, shod with ContiRoadAttack 2 CR classic race rubber, with two hours of racing on the Saturday afternoon followed by a further two hours on the Sunday, rather than running on into the night.
This year the organisers have decided to introduce a class for later machines, which effectively ends the event as a classic endurance in the eyes of the purists – with machines as late as 1991 now being able to enter.
Russell Benney, Team Principal of Phase One is certainly of the opinion that a post classic 750cc class with machines up to 1991 would have been more in keeping with the traditional theme of the event at Mettet, bringing out the genuine endurance machines from the period.
However, not being one to let that spoil things, Phase One will ensure they put up a fight to win the battle of the true classics this weekend.
Find out more about the ContiRoadAttack 2 CR here.