In preparation for the final round of the European Classic Bike Series at Aragon, Phase One have been in action at Misano on the ContiRoadAttack 2 CR classic race tyre shod endurance machines.
Things started well for Linden and Brasher, who took pole position in qualifying to start ahead of local heroes Team Braghi.
Phase One led the race early on, and a Linden fastest lap of 1 minute 52.4 seconds put their main rivals time in the shade by almost 1.5 seconds. However, a couple of unplanned stops whilst leading the race in the 2nd hour saw Team Braghi pull ahead.
An unfortunate bit of luck had seen a small tear develop in his leathers, just below the knee, grow to form a strip about six inches long. The strip was then sucked into number one carburetor, which prevented it from closing. The bizzare turn of events cost Phase One a total of almost 3 minutes, and although they managed to pull back to within 60 seconds of the Braghi Ducati, also running on Continental, the win was out of reach and they settled for 2nd.
With Braghi takings first, and Phase One in second, it was a superb one, two on the podium for teams running Continental classic race tyres.
The race was also the planned final outing for the famous Phase One P&M 17, their works Kawasaki which was piloted to British TTF1 Championship glory in 1978 by John Cowie and Bernie Toleman. The bike is due to be fully restored to original specifications and displayed in the team museum, with the sister, frame 15, originally built for Dennis McMillan, being sold at the end of the season.
Phase One are currently tied for the lead in the European Classic Bike Series with Team Force of Belgium, as they look to defend their 2013 title. Due to changes in the rules for this season, they must finish at least two places ahead of Team Force, or take an outright win, to hold on to their title for another year.