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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
 
KUSHITANI COVERS LINSDELL FOR 2014 28 January 2014
 
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
 

Number one Young Gun
After such a great start to the season at Snetterton, Olie was looking forward to the second round at Cadwell Park.
It was important that he consolidate his position at the top of the standings, but with his other racing commitments this year it is almost impossible to take more time off from work for testing. This is a shame because Cadwell Park is the one track, above all others, that needs confidence – usually gained by riding round and round on a test day! Sharpy and Olie arrived on Friday evening to a very cold and windswept Cadwell and managed to get the awning setup in near freezing temperatures. A quick walk around the paddock indicated that everybody else in the Triumph Young Guns championship had tested that day, with some even being there on Thursday at a trackday!
The weather forecast for Cadwell was very mixed. The team awoke to a misty, cold morning with a biting wind, and Steve arrived early aboard the Flitwick C R and S, wishing he’d arrived on four wheels- a far cry from the glorious weather at Snetterton only two weeks before! The Triumph 675 Triple Challenge runs a format that gives two fifteen-minute qualifying sessions, but no free practice. It was decided that the weather wasn’t likely to get much worse in the afternoon so the session would just be used as a practice, scrubbing in tyres and for Olie to re-familiarise himself with the track. All went well in the first few laps, and just as Olie started to push a bit harder the chequered flag came out. Olie was fairly pleased to see that he was 8th in the first practice with a time of 1.42.2-he had been riding very gingerly, and scrubbing in tyres, and had only managed 6 laps. There was plenty more to come. The 675 lads did feel slightly short changed as it was obvious to anyone that they hadn’t had 15 minutes. Nobody had done more than 6 laps which would mean they would have averaged two and a half minutes per lap. The slowest lap of the session was a 1.59….
The second session wasn’t until the afternoon and Olie wanted to get out with some of the lads that would be a threat, mainly Jimmy Dye, James Wainwright and Mike Booth. The session started and our rider went out in the first group, only to get tangled up with Steven Smith at the first corner of the second lap, with Steven trying a bit of grass tracking, but Olie staying upright. Settling back down on his own, with some clear track Olie started to up his pace. Sharpy was giving good signals and Olie’s lap times fell 40’s, 39’s, missed 38’s entirely, 37.9, 37.6, ending up on 37.3. A very pleasing second on the grid for the superpole race, Olie was confident that he could go quicker. Wainwright had qualified ahead on 1.37.00, but Jimmy Dye was third, almost a second behind him!
Getting a great start in the Superpole race Olie settled into third; taking second from Dye half was round lap one, and closing in on Wainwright and the lead. Half way round lap two the Red flags came out and the race was stopped after Ritchie Welsh and another rider had a coming together. The Triple challenge riders sat on the start line for ten minutes while the debris was cleared up, then were told the race had been shortened to just 4 laps! In the re-start Olie didn’t get away as well as the first start and ended up fourth into the first lap. By the time he had got back into third Wainwright and Booth had gapped him with only two laps remaining. Olie closed the gap right up and set the fastest lap of 1.37.3 on lap 4, but couldn’t quite do it, finishing third. Perhaps more importantly Jimmy Dye had finished 4th. That’ll do!
Sunday’s races were ten laps and we prayed that the arm pump that had plagued him on the Paton wouldn’t return. Once again the morning had started cold and misty, with warm up being horrible – the mist was so thick it looked like rain on the visor! It hadn’t got any better by the time race one came round and Olie was not optimistic, in fact was really dreading it, as greasy cold and misty conditions are by far the worst!
Mum Carole and Helen arrived before the race, with the clear visors that had been left behind, and Helen managed somehow to get Olie in the racing mood- so he went out onto the track determined to give it his best shot.
Lining up third on the grid the Wheeler Electrical backed rider got another reasonable start, soon finding his pace and passed Jimmy, in third position. Settling down he saw that James was disappearing into the distance and Booth was maintaining the gap ahead. As Jimmy, currently Olie’s main championship contender was behind him, our rider decided to keep it a safe third, and take the points. The Flitwick team was pretty pleased with a rostrum position in those conditions, but were even happier to find out that James had jumped the start, which elevated our man to second- sorry James, but that’s racing! To make things even better Jimmy had finished 5th, which meant Olie now led the championship by 17 points.
By 2.30 the mist had finally cleared enough to see some sunshine, with the wind dying away, and Olie was fired up and raring to go! A few minor changes to the suspension to try and help the bike over the bumps were made, and Olie lined up in third position on the grid, fairly confident of a good result. The flag dropped and Olie held third place for the first couple of laps. At the start of lap three James Wainwright crashed right in front of him at Charlie’s 2, leaving Olie in second with Jimmy (Where did he suddenly get that pace from!) Dye leading. On lap 5 Olie pushed into the lead into Mansfield, and pulled about half a second. However, he was beginning to tire, and the dreaded arm pump made an unwelcome appearance once again. The gap came down to 0.2s as they started the last lap. Making a mistake into Charlie’s 2 Jimmy came past our rider on the brakes into park then Mike Booth forced his way past at the gooseneck. A gutted Olie finished third but got into the 36’s.
All in all it was a solid weekend with the Wheeler electrical 675 extending the championship lead to 8 points-the only rider who has been on the podium in every race! Hopefully before the next round at Pembrey Olie I will have something to help with the arm pump, as it has wrecked two races this year already! Next up is Lydden Hill on the Paton on May 5th/6th, then straight off to the Northwest 200 in Ireland for a week… Can’t wait!
For up to the minute race reports, pictures and all the info on our Rider Olie visit:

www.olielinsdellracing.com



 
Olie leads Michelin 675 Young guns series 19 April 2007
 
Classic style from Olie at Pembry 11 April 2007
 
Royal fun for Steve at Pembry! 11 April 2007
 
Archive racing news 03 January 2005
 
 
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