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

Phot courtesy of http://www.tonygoldsmithphotography.com/
Riding an untested GP500 two stroke Paton on the worlds most demanding and longest race circuit was never going to be easy.
This was Steve and Giovanni's "mad idea" to celebrate the centenary year of the Isle of Man TT
As most of our regulars know, Steve has long since ridden the TT course, and has stepped up to the podium no less than 7 times at the TT, and 4 at the Manx.
In the past two years he has concentrated on the Classic Manx senior, and has had the honour to ride Giovanni Cabassi's fantastic Paton bic 500 four stroke, setting the fastest lap in last years nail biting classic photo finish.

So it was with some tongue in cheek, knowing that Giovanni has in his possession the GP500 two stroke Paton 500's of 2000 and 2001, that he mooted a senior ride at the 100th year TT.
His idea was to ride the tested 2000 bike, which was ridden recently by a well-known journalist.
Giovanni and the Paton factory had other ideas- why not use a the 2001 bike, that scored points in GP's?
The idea was put to the TT organisers, who liked the concept.
So Giovanni, Roberto, Paulo and a multitude of helpers proceeded to build up the spare, never run Paton from that year.
Problems along the way came in the form or a change in length, to make the bike stable for the bumpy road circuit, forks suspension and handlebars were also subtly changed to improve handling.
Carbon discs were replaced as they are too fragile for the rigours of the island, and a new ignition system was designed to cope with today's fuel requirements.
A fantastic TT paint scheme completed the work, and the bike was fired up just a few days before sending over to U.K., ready for the trip over the water.
It had been hoped that testing could be done prior to this, but other than use at an Italian circuit, time ran out.
So Steve's first test was away from the line on Saturday, the first practice day, heading to the bottom of Bray hill!
The bike was stable, and other than difficulty in keeping the wheels ion the ground, the power seemed phenomenal- until it came to an abrupt end towards the end of Sulby strait- the Sear air causing the two stroke to seize on two cylinders- so no complete lap that night.
The pattern continued throughout the practice week- ignition map changes, jetting, shock springs, gearbox and clutch change all needed adjustment and replacement. We have never seen teamwork so hard on one bike!
Despite best efforts we were all frustrated by the lack of complete laps, and by Friday, Steve had only managed four laps, one of which was split into two halves by a hedge fire!
Three more practice sessions of a lap each were scheduled before the race, Saturday after the superbike race, Monday and Wednesday.
Saturday's racing however was postponed due to low fog on the mountain, so all we could do was wait to see if the changes would mean a decent lap on Monday, the replacement day.
It was not to be- quickly running on only three cylinders, Steve limped round to a speed of only 107.
The final two days saw ignition and gearbox problems, and frantic testing at Jurby- this two-stroke lark is harder than it seemed!
Getting the final 5th lap in at the eleventh hour, Steve was given permission to start the race on Friday.
The engine settings seemed good in the last practice lap, albeit clutch and gearbox faults needed adjusting- but the team waited with anticipation for the sound of it leaving the line.
The day was very hot and sunny, and this means many of the small flying creatures that seem strangely attracted to Steve's visor.
Coming into the stop box at the end of lap one we thought something was wrong- but it was just that Steve could not see where he was going, having used up the rip offs early on.
A quick (thanks Shed) visor change and he was off again- second lap, fuel stop (thanks Bondy), third lap and through glen Helen- was a finish on the cards?
The crowds around the circuit waved and cheered and Steve was looking forward to the mountain ...when a horrible grinding noise announced, with a show of oil that the gear box had given up, and the race was over.
The GP bikes do not use an oil pump, the quick direction changes on the short circuits normally ensure that the oil is kept on the move. It appears that on the straight long TT sections, that the gears were starved of oil, but further investigation will confirm this.
Despite all the problems and a result that was disappointing, most of the pure two stroke fans expressed their delight at seeing and hearing the bike, and it added interest to the paddock for most.
We as a team enjoyed the experience, especially the Italian /English combined feasts (thanks Cico) and the excellent red wine; and of course the glorious Manx weather- thanks to all that cheered, bought the shirts, especially to Giovanni, Roberto, Paulo and Cico, who worked so tirelessly and without complaint to make it happen.
See you at the Manx!

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