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Pic: Phase One Endurance, Combwich
They've been world champions three times and are strong contenders for this year's World Endurance Championships. Based in Somerset, Phase One Endurance is getting ready for the first race of the season at the Le Mans Circuit in France.
Riding on a motorbike for up to 24 hours with stops only for re-fuelling, endurance racing is one of the more extreme sides of motorbike racing.
Phase One Endurance is based at a farmhouse in Combwich near Bridgwater.
The team has achieved major success without lucrative sponsorship deals like many of its rivals, instead funding themselves and operating as a 'privateer team'.
Founder Russell Benney said: "We within the team see it as the ultimate sport, there's no doubt about it. Twenty-four hours of challenge is so much different to a three-quarter of an hour superbike race, so we're not far off from superbike pace - one and a half seconds at most circuits. This is like two seasons of superbike racing in one single weekend."
The team is also celebrating its 25th anniversary this year and hopes it will be made all the more memorable with a strong performance in the 2009 season.
last updated: 19/03/2009 at 14:45
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