Classic Endurance: Phase One to Evo?

Posted: 9th November 2017

Phase One celebrate Third in European Classic Series – Team to switch to single-bike Kawasaki ZXR750 Evo entry next year – Will compete at European and UK events – Also aiming to run Yamaha TZ350 in ICGP next year

Phase One Endurance have posted a review of the final race of the European Classic Series on their website. More interestingly, however is the brief mention of the team's plans for 2018.

3rd Position in FIM ECS series

Third position in the 2017 European Classic Series was a just reward for a mixed season of results.

Congratulations to all involved, team, riders and sponsors alike.

The highlights were certainly high! It's hard enough to win a race, let alone get a 1-2 and at Imola to boot! The corresponding lows were equally low! In summary though - Great job everyone, well done!

At Aragon, after leading 1-2 from the start, both bikes suffered engine component failures at mid-distance, one cracked crankcase and one broken rocker arm; both bikes were retired.

Going forward, we are now determined to move onto more reliable machinery (all engine problems have been component failures - each 35 years old) and a return to a higher percentage of race finishes and great results lies ahead.

Whether the EVO 750 category happens in 2018 or not, we are moving onto later machines, almost certainly a return to ZXR750 Kawasakis, similar to those which the team had so much success with in the 1990s. Two machines will be built for either the ECS or other European (and UK) events. The first will be based on one of the team's 1991 spec bikes.

The team will run a single bike entry in 2018.

Alongside that project will sit the building of two Bill Simpson framed TZ350s for next year's ICGP races. The build budget is already in place, but currently the running costs for 2018 are not covered. We have blank fairings just waiting to be painted in somebodies colours!

This year we have been proud to work again alongside Hugh Brasher, Peter Lindén, Ian Simpson and Mike Dickinson. Our appreciation and congratulations to them all.

Thanks to everyone else for your contributions, work and support, roll on 2018!

Russell Benney

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By Supermac1961 from CHAFFORD HUNDRED, England (Kawasaki ZXR750, 1993) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Words: Martin Gelder, Russell Benney, Photo: European Classic Series and as listed