Flitwick motorcycle racing news


Flitwick motorcycles have a long association with the racing world. Steve Linsdell, owner has raced motorcycles on the track and road since 1979, specialising in more recent years at the challenging Isle of Man  Manx Grand Prix road races.

We have been proud to sponsor many riders over the years including Matt Llewellyn, Nigel "Cap" Davies, and Fernando Mendes .

Olie Linsdell, 27 year old son of Steve and Carole currently competes under the Flitwick Motorcycles banner,  competing at top level in the the major Road races, North West 200, Isle of man TT, and Ulster Grand Prix.

In 2007, At the age of only 19, he took his first win at the North West 200, and two decisive wins at his Debut at the Manx Grand prix, on the challenging TT circuit. He also holds the world record for the biggest winning margin on the Island circuit.

For 2016, we continue our support of Olie, who will compete in both classic and selected modern races, under the Umbrella of Team Flitwick Motorcycles.

25 year old David Linsdell, Steve and Caroles' youngest Son competes with the Classic Motorcycle Club, and for 2016 will ride a Camier framed 500 Yamaha.


See up to date racing news below.

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Team Flitwick supported rider Olie Linsdells' CRMC Anglesey report 15 July 2016
Linsdell Bullet Speeds to CRMC Championship 11 December 2015
Flitwick Rider Ian Lougher takes second at the Classic 500 tt, after picking up another pit lane penalty!! 02 September 2015
Olie and Team Flitwick clinch the Classic TT 500 win... 26 August 2013
Racing update- October 2012- its been hectic.... 01 October 2012
Team Flitwick race at Armoy 25 July 2012
North West 200 and TT- Back in the game.... 12 June 2012
Team Flitwick 2012 Road race plans in place 26 April 2012
Olie back on Track 31 March 2011
Olie Linsdell rides at Mallory 04 January 2011
Update on Olies Recovery following his manx Grand Prix Crash 07 October 2010
Olie Lifts the Barry Sheene Trophy at Scarborough 06 July 2010
Isle of Man TT trials and highlights 05 July 2010
Road Race season Kicks off- Scarborough, Cookstown and North West reports 21 May 2010
Team Flitwick Linsdell’s clean up at Easter 08 April 2010
Team Flitwick rider guest at Isle of Man TT media launch 23 March 2010
Olie to ride FTR Moto2 Grand Prix machine in Isle of Man TT Senior 24 February 2010
Team Flitwick Yamaha all set for 2010 09 February 2010
Team Flitwick and Olie Linsdell announcement imminent 09 February 2010
A tale of two Linsdells at the Manx Grand Prix 07 September 2009
Olie pulls out of the Ulster GP 04 August 2009
Horror 155 MPH crash for Olie at TT 16 June 2009
Olie sets fastes time through speed trap at the North West 200 15 May 2009
Portimao shakedown for Olie and Team Flitwick Motorcycles 26 March 2009
Linsdell all set to ride the Roads this Season 05 February 2009
Flitwick backed Olie 2009 race plans- update 14 January 2009
Olie reigns supreme at Snetterton guest appearance 11 September 2008
New Team mate joins Team Black Horse Yamaha and Olie 03 September 2008
Top ten finish for Olie at Cadwell BSB Supertock 600 01 September 2008
Fastest through the Speed Trap but no Finish for Steve 26 August 2008
Win for Olie at Dundrod 150 and a new lap record 16 August 2008
Olie in the points at Knockhill BSB Superstock 600 12 August 2008
TT debut, Three replicas and a lap of 119.556-olie's two weeks at the Isle of Man TT.... 10 June 2008
Victory for Olie at North West 200 18 May 2008
North West 200 Thursday practice marred by tragedy 16 May 2008
First practice session at North West 200 15 May 2008
Top six place for Olie at Brands 14 May 2008
Oulton disappointment for Olie and Team black Horse Yamaha 07 May 2008
Olie and the Black Horse Yamaha Team head to Oulton 01 May 2008
Thruxton woes for Olie and Team Black Horse Yamaha 20 April 2008
Olie surfing towards the North west 200 17 April 2008
First BSB round abandoned as heavy Snow hits Brands Hatch on Sunday 07 April 2008
Team Black Horse Yamaha head to Brands Hatch 03 April 2008
Snowy Snetterton debut for Team Black Horse Racing 25 March 2008
Easter week-end testing at Snetterton for Olie 21 March 2008
Want to be part of the Team? 27 February 2008
Flitwick's rider Olie Linsdell signs for Team Black Horse Yamaha for 2008 22 January 2008
Race team announcement imminent- watch this space 21 January 2008
Olie stars in Young Guns Isle of Man TT promotion! 11 October 2007
Championship win and new lap record for Olie 09 October 2007
David completes his debut Racing year 08 October 2007
Olie on a high for final Triumph 675 Young Guns at Brands 03 October 2007
Pole position in finale of Triumph Young Guns- and a ride on the "Wobbly wheel" 02 October 2007
Doldrums for Olie at Snetterton Young guns 19 September 2007
Mechanical woes at Snetterton for Olie- but championship in sight! 11 September 2007
Steve finishes on Podium in record breaking Manx Senior classic race 05 September 2007
Bedfordshire's Olie Linsdell storms into History at Isle of Man Manx Grand Prix 05 September 2007
Olie crashes out at Cadwell 11 August 2007
Triumph Young Guns brands GP 01 August 2007
Olie takes the King of Brands Crown! 13 July 2007
David the younger race debut- another Linsdell on the track! 09 July 2007
Olie back at Lyyden on 675 after Pembrey High side 18 June 2007
"Paton the back" but no finish for Steve 13 June 2007
Oulton lap record for Olie after highside at Pembrey 03 June 2007
Flying lessons at Pembrey for Olie 28 May 2007
Olie takes win at North West 200, and sets new lap record! 12 May 2007
Flitwick Rider Olie sets pole at the North West 200! 08 May 2007
Classic record breaker for Olie at Lydden Hill 07 May 2007
Three rostrums for championship leader Olie at Cadwell! 02 May 2007
Olie leads Michelin 675 Young guns series 19 April 2007
Classic style from Olie at Pembry 11 April 2007

It was Pembrey in Wales that was to host the first of the CRMC classic championships races, and the beginning of Olie's classic championship bid this year. He last rode the Fabulous Paton in October of last year, so to help rub off the rust we entered the Good Friday test session. The week leading up to the meeting was a busy one with the Paton being prepared and Steve's Royal Enfield ‘Bullet’ being rebuilt after spending 20 years in a million bits…. So busy in fact that the bikes were only finished at eleven o’clock on Thursday evening! This was probably a blessing in disguise, as leaving at 1.25 in the morning meant missing the majority of the holiday traffic. A quick break for two hours kip at Swindon was all the Team managed before continuing the trip in the morning, finally arriving at Pembrey at Nine.

The purpose of the test day was to get used to the bike again, and both Riders were glad of it. Steve had to sort out a bit of a clutch problem and pattering on the Enfield, and Olie had to learn the limitations of a Drum brake system, which are slightly different to a 675 or the 400 Yamaha!
Olies confidence grew as the day drew on and he was reasonably happy with his performance by the end of the day. The plan for the weekend for Olie was to build up to the important national race on Sunday afternoon.

The CRMC draws the first race from a hat (with a bit of help I think, as all the top runners were in the first few rows) and Olie was placed 5th on the grid. He was still learning the bike and just wanted a solid finish. A good start saw the 6 laps pass quickly, holding his position and finishing 5th. Some settings were changed, to combat the chatter which seems to plague all bike’s at Pembrey, and Olie was hoping to get nearer to ‘King’ Lea Gourlay. In the second race, Olie improved and finished in 4th, dropping his lap time down to 1.05.7, but it became apparent that arm pump (a problem with many racers) was starting to be an issue. This is something Olie has never really suffered from on the track, but after only 6 laps he could no longer brake properly and it was a severe hindrance. The brake lever fitted is not adjustable on the Paton, and the position seemed to kink his wrist.

After a much needed rest, Olie and Steve thought about the problems that Olie was having, and talked about possible causes and solutions. It was decided to get some more weight over the back to tyre to stop the small front tyre sliding and running wide, when the rear had too much grip. Slides are easier to control if both ends drift rather than one end going quickly. Overnight some softer rear springs were also fitted, and the gearing was altered slightly to try and regain some acceleration on the singles, which seem to get a really good punch out of the corners.

Practice on Sunday went well. The bike felt much more balanced and Olie felt confident about the day’s races. The first race saw him get a good start, and lead into the first corner. Getting used to drum brakes and their capabilities and the classic tyres and how they perform, a few people came by in the opening laps, but Olie got his head down and managed to pass them back and take Luke Notten at about half distance. Lea Gourley was now too far in front to be caught so Olie was set for a second place. However selecting a false neutral around the long left-hander, allowed Luke to sneak back through, and Olie finished with a podium third. The trend was continuing- 5th, 4th, 3rd, and we were hoping for a win in the national. The second race of the day Olie once again lead into the first corner then hold second for the rest of the race, coming home about a second and a half behind Lea Gourlay. Getting closer. We were pleased to see reduced lap times to 1.04.3 and the bike working much better for the adjustments.

The last race of the weekend was the national. Olie knew he might struggle with the race distance, due to the increasing arm pump problem, the distance being nearly double the other races. Starting from second on the grid Olie got balked in the first corner and lost a few places, but pushed on, knowing that he needed a good result to get the championship off to a flying start. By lap three he'd worked his way to 2nd place and set about catching Lea, who by this time was just a few second’s in front. Olie was faster down the start finish and throughout the first half of the track, while Lea was slightly better in the second. By lap 6, normal race distance, the Paton was right on Lea’s tail. Getting tired toward the latter part of the race Olie tried to relax, as he knew he could have a good stab at winning. However his arm pump was now so bad that he could hardly brake or hold on during the last lap, Mike Smith managed to get by and Olie had to settle for 3rd and a lap time of 1.04 dead.
Overall it wasn’t a bad weekend. Olies confidence grew as the weekend progressed, and will only get quicker. Lea Gourley and Mike Smith were only one tenth of a second faster than last year, but it's likely Olie has lots to come. By Lydden on the 5th/6th May a new brake lever to combat the arm pump should be fitted and a new front tyre to provide a bit more stability and grip. It will be tough as it is a slow, twisty track, more suited to the light singles than the heavier, powerful Paton twin, but we're sure Olie will be right up at the sharp end trying to close the gap on Gourlay.
Next up is the first round of the Triumph Young Guns on the Wheeler Electrical Triumph 675, this weekend 14/15th at Snetterton. Hopefully see some of you there.

Royal fun for Steve at Pembry! 11 April 2007
Archive racing news 03 January 2005
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