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Island Classic 2020 at Phillip Island
« on: January 22, 2020, 03:21:08 pm »
The Island Classic is this weekend.  It is Friday morning there which is the first day of qualifying and racing.  Appears the weather was rainy during the promoter's practice Thursday, but the forecast for Friday through Sunday is sunny and 70F/21C. Team UK is back, but does not appear to be as strong as in the past.  No Team New Zealand this year.  Dave Crussell has assembled a strong US team and it should be a battle royal with the Team Australia. 


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Re: Island Classic 2020 at Phillip Island
« Reply #2 on: January 23, 2020, 06:48:49 am »
News release with rider lineups for the International Challenge races:

https://islandclassic.com.au/latest-news/1641-australia-vs-america-vs-uk-in-a-historic-battle
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Re: Island Classic 2020 at Phillip Island
« Reply #3 on: January 23, 2020, 07:21:23 am »
Is this being live streamed??
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Re: Island Classic 2020 at Phillip Island
« Reply #4 on: January 23, 2020, 10:08:11 am »
am disappointed with the uk team , cannot see anyone there that could get into the top ten , or probably top fifteen .

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Re: Island Classic 2020 at Phillip Island
« Reply #5 on: January 23, 2020, 01:14:27 pm »
Without generous sponsors or a benefactor with deep pockets I don't see how a visiting team can be competitive.  Roger Winfield was Team UK's benefactor until 2018.  Last year the UK did not field a team.  This year it appears Team UK is made up of individuals with the financial means and desire to check off a bucket list item.  Dave Crussell is supplying bikes for most of the fastest riders on Team USA this year.  Pretty sure Larry Cook still builds the four stroke engines for Crussell's bikes.  Don't know if it is on his dime or Dave's.   

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Re: Island Classic 2020 at Phillip Island
« Reply #6 on: January 23, 2020, 01:15:31 pm »
No live streaming that I am aware of. 

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Re: Island Classic 2020 at Phillip Island
« Reply #7 on: January 24, 2020, 04:00:18 am »
http://www.computime.com.au/meetings/index?MeetID=2020/ISCL_20/

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Re: Island Classic 2020 at Phillip Island
« Reply #8 on: January 24, 2020, 04:56:32 am »
Thanks George.  Don't see the sidecars, are they not racing anymore?
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Re: Island Classic 2020 at Phillip Island
« Reply #9 on: January 24, 2020, 05:27:23 am »
Without generous sponsors or a benefactor with deep pockets I don't see how a visiting team can be competitive.  Roger Winfield was Team UK's benefactor until 2018.  Last year the UK did not field a team.  This year it appears Team UK is made up of individuals with the financial means and desire to check off a bucket list item.  Dave Crussell is supplying bikes for most of the fastest riders on Team USA this year.  Pretty sure Larry Cook still builds the four stroke engines for Crussell's bikes.  Don't know if it is on his dime or Dave's.
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yes british team just holiday racers and a few expats that live there
no sidecars this year  tintop ...... dont start bear off on that subject !

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Re: Island Classic 2020 at Phillip Island
« Reply #10 on: January 24, 2020, 06:41:34 am »
Here is a link to Friday's qualifying and races:

http://www.computime.com.au/meetings/index?MeetID=2020/ISCL_20/

The Aussies dominated the fastest 50% International Challenge qualifying session taking positions 1 to 4, with Jed Melcher on top with a 1:38.728.  The Americans filled positions 5, 7, 9 & 10, Larry Pegram fastest at 1:39.562 followed by Gilber, Knapp, and Szoke.  Josh Hayes had engine trouble in both sessions and completed a single lap in each, qualifying 18th.  He will have a tough time getting to the front as the races are only 6 laps long.  American Melissa Parris who is riding one of Crussell's TZ750s qualified 25th.  Best of Team UK was Brendan Wilson and Michael Neeves who qualified 14th and 15th.  There were some fast riders in the slowest 50% qualifying session who may push some of these riders back a couple spots on the grid.

American Brian Filo is racing both the IC race and 250 Post Classic.  He finished 2nd in the 250 PC race on a Kawasaki A1R.  Lorraine Crussell also raced in the 250 PC race finishing 3rd on a CB200.

Update:  Looks like Hayes got a fast lap in and will start 7th.
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Re: Island Classic 2020 at Phillip Island
« Reply #11 on: January 24, 2020, 10:48:33 am »
The official combined qualifying results for the International Challenge race have been released.  Roadracing World has the complete list:

https://www.roadracingworld.com/news/international-island-classic-metcher-on-pole-pegram-top-american-in-sixth/

Press release from the Phillip Island Circuit:

https://islandclassic.com.au/latest-news/1652-jed-metcher-grabs-pole-for-a-strong-australian-front-row

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Re: Island Classic 2020 at Phillip Island
« Reply #12 on: January 24, 2020, 02:05:19 pm »
I'm riding down to the Island tomorrow, I didn't go last year so I'm looking forward to it. Just trying to decide which bike to ride down. ;D 
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Re: Island Classic 2020 at Phillip Island
« Reply #13 on: January 24, 2020, 02:26:09 pm »
Thanks Martin.

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Re: Island Classic 2020 at Phillip Island
« Reply #14 on: January 24, 2020, 05:36:32 pm »
I'm riding down to the Island tomorrow, I didn't go last year so I'm looking forward to it. Just trying to decide which bike to ride down. ;D

If you see Fergus Cameron, tell him to blow it out his r-ss! >:(
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Re: Island Classic 2020 at Phillip Island
« Reply #15 on: January 24, 2020, 06:33:54 pm »
Race one of the International Challenge race is finished. Josh Hayes won by .2 seconds over Phillis and  Melcher with Pegram 4th. Team stands are Australia 180, USA 174, and UK 118. Looks like it was a real dog fight!

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Re: Island Classic 2020 at Phillip Island
« Reply #16 on: January 24, 2020, 08:14:33 pm »
Race 2 of the International Challenge race is finished. Josh Hayes was leading at the end of lap 5, but slipped to 4th on the last lap (6 lap race).  Phillis, Melcher, and Martin were 1,2,3 for Team Australia. Larry Pegram was assessed a 15 second penalty for jumping the start and his 3rd place became an 11th. Phillis leads the individual standings with 79 points. Hayes and Melcher are tied for second with 77 points. Team Australia extended its lead to 10 points with 354 total to Team USA’s 344. Team UK trails with 213 points.

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Re: Island Classic 2020 at Phillip Island
« Reply #17 on: January 24, 2020, 11:38:42 pm »
I'm riding down to the Island tomorrow, I didn't go last year so I'm looking forward to it. Just trying to decide which bike to ride down. ;D

If you see Fergus Cameron, tell him to blow it out his r-ss! >:(

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Re: Island Classic 2020 at Phillip Island
« Reply #18 on: January 25, 2020, 06:24:06 am »
The jump start penalty for Larry Pegram was reversed.  This cuts Team Australia's lead to 3 points.  Team AU 351, Team USA 348, and Team UK 213.  Sounds like race 2 was just as exciting with a red flag on lap one and Hayes running off the track on the last lap.  Here is the press release from the track:

https://islandclassic.com.au/latest-news/1654-australia-leads-team-america-by-a-whisker-in-the-2020-international-challenge-at-phillip-island

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Re: Island Classic 2020 at Phillip Island
« Reply #19 on: January 25, 2020, 06:18:10 pm »
Race 3 of the International Challenge is finished. Another one, two by Phillis and Melcher in a photo finish. Josh Hayes was 3rd .7 seconds back. Team Australia leads with 530 points over Team USA’s 518 and Team UK’s 318. Phillis leads the individual stands with 119 points over Melcher’s 116 points and Hayes’ 114 points.


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Re: Island Classic 2020 at Phillip Island
« Reply #21 on: January 26, 2020, 07:11:55 am »
Josh Hayes took his second win of the series in race 4.  Unfortunately for Team USA it was not enough as Team Australia scored 704 points to Team USA's 691 and Team UK's 423.  Larry Pegram was in 5th on lap 2, then fell to 11th, and finally to 14th at the finish.  Guessing he had mechanical issues.  The individual points battle was won by Phillis with 157 points, followed by Melcher (155)  and Hayes (154).  Positions 5 to 8 were held by Team USA with Gilbert, Pegram, Szoke, and Knapp.

Track Press release:

https://islandclassic.com.au/latest-news/1656-australian-wins-international-challenge

Hey George, did you see that big bore Honda CB750s dominated the Unlimited Post Classis class?  ;D


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Re: Island Classic 2020 at Phillip Island
« Reply #22 on: January 26, 2020, 09:03:40 am »
Martin,

Big bore cb750s usually dominate the Post Classic Unlimited class at PI.  This year a Ducati 750 ridden by Hasse Gustafson from Sweden(?) actually won overall.  He brought his bike over to race in the international challenge to help fill out the U.K. team.

Dean Oughtred was faster on Don Sexton’s CR750, but presumably had mechanical issues as he cut his qualifying short and missed the first race, losing his chance for an overall win.  By the last race he was back down to running 1:47s which he has run previously and would have beaten about a dozen or so racers in the international challenge races.

Beau Beaton sometimes enters the class with one of their gazillion dollar “Vincent” race bikes. He took the UPC lap record away from Don with a 1:44xx from Don’s best of 1:46xxx.  Though the Vincent is an amazing machine, it’s questionable to call it “class legal” in UPC.

Brian Filo came in 4th overall with his Yamaha xs650(750cc) AHRMA Formula 750 racer. 

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Re: Island Classic 2020 at Phillip Island
« Reply #23 on: January 26, 2020, 11:08:11 am »
Surprised at the number of FJ's there......takes a lot to get good power out of them. When I say good power I mean about 160HP or better from 1314cc's
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Re: Island Classic 2020 at Phillip Island
« Reply #24 on: January 26, 2020, 11:32:22 am »
im surprised there are any fjs there at all , there were none racing back in the day . how do you have a classic race full of bikes that were never raced in the period ?

 

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