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After months of preparation the Rooster Racing team 81 and 82 are onsite at Circuit Paul Ricard for the first round of the European Endurance Cup. We'll keep you all updated. I also have a huge box of OSS stickers, which I am handing out to some of the Suzuki teams, in between my team manager duties.

Spreading the OSS love.

Wish us luck!!

 

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We came to Paul Ricard for the first time and we have had the most amaizing weekend. Our team and our bikes were tested to their limits but on Sunday night, at 12am when the race finished, we looked around at one another and we knew that being part of this team was the best job any of us have ever had. 

We have improved as a team and we have learned so much that we can take into the next EEC round in Spain.

Endurance racing is a cruel mistress and bike 82 retired at 2 hours but was running 4th. Had we continued as we had for the first 2 hours, we would have been 2nd in class.

Team 81 completed the full race but with one rider retirement due to a contact lense failure. Dispite the challenges, we finished 6th in class.

We will be back for the next round in Spain and we will keep you all updated on our preparations.

 

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ACU standard is lever guards brake side only to prevent brake being applied due to collision with other rider normally designed to snap during this process but stop brake locking on

Folding or pre cut levers  allow bike to crash without doing much harm ie bike digging in, always carry spare levers and an easy fix, ask me how I know :D
I think brake lever guards can be seen in earlier photos on this page

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2 hours ago, Gixer1460 said:

Query - Use of side crash bungs - good idea! But no lever guards - why, as they seem to be the first thing that gets damaged?

The levers and clipons are shitpence but each engine is around 6 grand.

A plastic gaurd on the front brake is an ACU/ FIM manditory requirement to prevent accidental activation of the front brake in close tangles. It wont protect the lever in a slide.

The bungs will protect the engine. They are chamfered to ensure there is no contact within standard travel.

Properly saved my fresh engine from carnage when I had a big off last year.20220305_141824.thumb.jpg.f1313de7d50adf84ef2f0b380f7b2d50.jpg

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2 hours ago, Gixer1460 said:

It wasn't the cost aspect - more the getting the bike mobile again to get back to pits for repairs. Endurance is usually won by none to pretty machines that are still functioning.

Honestly, the rules of the EEC are that if you have an off , the rider has to push the bike back to his pits under his own steam. If you call for the van of shame the penalties are signifcant.

We give our riders one rule: Don't bin it.  If by some twist of fate they come off the race is effectively over from a competative standpoint, unless a good portion of the top 10 teams all flunk out.

The bungs are there to protect the engines in the event of an off. It's more about next race than it is salvaging that race.

 

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Seems a bit harsh but if those are the rules! For me, Endurance should be about finishing and doing whatever it takes to finish - providing safety isn't compromised! Some points is a lot better than no points or do you have a 'discard results x times' rule as well? Bike endurance isn't something I particularly follow - I tend towards Sports Cars hence the question.

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3 hours ago, Gixer1460 said:

Seems a bit harsh but if those are the rules! For me, Endurance should be about finishing and doing whatever it takes to finish - providing safety isn't compromised! Some points is a lot better than no points or do you have a 'discard results x times' rule as well? Bike endurance isn't something I particularly follow - I tend towards Sports Cars hence the question.

Yeah, you are right. It is a really cruel mistress. Most of these bikes are 40 years old. Our engines get a meticulous ground up rebuild between every race. The clutches are stripped and rebuilt between qualifying and the race.  Using your T-bike to qualify and saving your main bike for race day is another way of keeping the hours down.

It's a different kind of test from a flat out 10 lap short circuit.  The riders and the bikes need to last. Mechanical sympathy is key and of course build quality.

 

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On 6/25/2022 at 3:06 PM, dupersunc said:

 

From spa a couple of weeks back. Clip on on the right isnt even attached let alone the brake lever Screenshot_20220607-071002_Instagram.thumb.jpg.9ba2ecd1d2c9ea51f4407a7bb5223a90.jpg

That must have been the 24 hour endurance race at the beginning of June. Amaizing result when you see the state ofthe bike. 

The classic races are just 4 hours. Less room for comebacks, unfortunately.

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On 6/23/2022 at 2:24 PM, KATANAMANGLER said:

Yeah, you are right. It is a really cruel mistress. Most of these bikes are 40 years old. Our engines get a meticulous ground up rebuild between every race. The clutches are stripped and rebuilt between qualifying and the race.  Using your T-bike to qualify and saving your main bike for race day is another way of keeping the hours down.

It's a different kind of test from a flat out 10 lap short circuit.  The riders and the bikes need to last. Mechanical sympathy is key and of course build quality.

 

A good result starts in the workshop and ends with the riders trying not to "drop the ball" on track. Don't drop it, don't break it and keep clocking the laps up.

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