After a long drive down to the south of France, former FIM World Endurance Champions Phase One set up camp and turned their attention to the task ahead – winning the 13th Classic Bol d’Or.
After an absence of well over a decade, the event was making a return to the Paul Ricard Circuit along with an expected 100,000 spectators, and conditions were absolutely perfect – well, apart from the lack of paddock passes and race numbers, but that all got sorted, eventually!
With a number of team stalwarts unable to race alongside Peter Linden, Phase One secured the services of former South African Superbike champion Mike Dickinson to ride their P&M Suzuki, which is shod with our ContiRoadAttack 2 CR classic race rubber.
Thursday’s practice session was damp, but Friday was dry with clear blue skies. Peter Linden took pole position for the team with a fantastic 2.14.93, knocking the current leader Godier Grenoud and their seemingly impressive 2.15.57 down into second place on the grid. Mike Dickinson was a little off the pace at first, as he learned both the bike and the circuit, as well as how to race at night, but by Friday he was flying! The team were clearly not asking too much of him….
The race took place over 2 two hour legs, one in darkness on the Friday evening, and another from 9am to 11am on Saturday morning. Peter Linden was on fire on Friday night, his wrist surgery from earlier on in the year clearly working as he went about setting a class lap record of 2.13.16. At the end of the first leg, after two pit stops, both around 20 seconds, and three 40 minute stints on the bike from the two riders, Phase One were 1 minute 28 seconds ahead of Taurus Team of Italy in second place, followed by Team Roadrunner.
In the second leg, the gap was even bigger, with some great riding from the Phase One duo opening up a lead of 2 minutes and 14 seconds over Taurus Team, with Hampe Racing taking 3rd place afte Roadrunner suffered some technical problems.
The win was made even more special as it marked the 30th anniversary of Phase One’s first ever race in the Bol d’Or at the Paul Ricard. On 10th October the team will be back in action at the Misano 4 Hour, followed by the Endurance Legends event at Snetterton on 18th October, and finally Motorland Aragon on 31st October in the European Classic Bike Series. No doubt we will see more silverware before the year is out!
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