Following on from a thrilling series in 2013, the European Classic Bike Series kicked off in style of Sunday at the Circuit Paul Ricard, in the South East of France just below the city of Marseille.
Amongst the 44 starters were last years champions Phase One, who took the series title on Continental in 2013. A number of other teams had also decided to use the ContiRoadAttack 2 CR classic race tyre for the 4 hour endurance contest including Team Force from Belgium and the UK based Alf’s Motorcycles.
Conditions for the race were ideal, with temperatures sitting at around 25 degrees Celsius and spectator numbers exceeding 10,000 which was fantastic to see, and it will hopefully put the event in a very strong position to secure its long term future.
By the end of the race there was just 12 seconds separating 1st placed Team Force and the current series champions Phase One, made up of riders Peter Linden and Cormac Conroy. Taking the final spot on the podium was the Alf’s Motorcycles team Patrick Banfield, Mick Godfrey and their latest recruit Bob Collins.
The fastest lap of the race was set by 2013 FIM World Endurance Superstock Champion Marc Fissette of Team Force 1, who partnered with fellow rider Richard Hubin on the teams Suzuki GSX 1100. He put in a very quick 2 minute 25.5 second lap.
All of the top three teams were running on the Continental ContiRoadAttack 2 CR, giving Continental a superb 1, 2, 3 on the podium! Congratulations to all the riders and teams on their fantastic performances at the weekend.
The competition will move on to the Spa Francorchamps circuit in early July, before hitting the Nurburgring at the beginning of September. The final round as with last year will take place at the Motorland Aragon circuit. For more information you can visit the official series website.