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

oh dear- this is going to hurt!
Olie was back to a bit of club racing after the international jolly at the Northwest. Steve and Carole had headed to the Isle of Man for Steve's ride on the Paton GP500 bike, so Sharpey and Helen were Olies race support for Pembrey, third round of the Triumph 675 Young guns championship.
Pembrey is a good 4 hours away, and with it being bank holiday the roads were terrible and it was stop start the whole way. The team finally arrived at the circuit at about half eight (0ver 6 hours- lovely!) The weather forecast for the weekend was a bit dodgy so Olie felt it was important to put a decent lap in during the first session.
Most of the boys had been testing on the Friday, but as Olie had ridden the Paton there this year, he felt reasonably confident.
A new set of tyres were fitted for first qualifying so it was decided that Olie should go out and do 3 laps to scrub them in and then try to up the pace, before the weather closed in.
For some reason the bike did not feel right to Olie- no feel and it appeared not to have the grip he'd previously enjoyed on the Triumph.
Coming round on his eighth lap Olie lost the front on a 80mph right hander, one minute up, the next minute sliding down the road - Olies thoughts were " what just happened" and "please don’t barrel roll", as the bike bounced over the kerb and onto the grass….
The crash really was the weirdest crash he felt he had ever had. The bike had given zero feedback the whole session and he got no warning whatsoever. One minute it was solid and felt slow and precise, the next he was down. The only thing that he could think of being a possible cause was clipping the white line on the inside as Olie tried to sort out his lines. Some rapid repair work and bodge taping resulted in the bike being ready for second qualifying. Seeing as Olie had only completed a few laps and hadn’t felt very sharp the team were surprised and pleased that Olie had provisionally qualified 3rd, only two tenths off pole with a 1.02.8!.
Our rider felt very confident that he could go much faster so set out intent on qualifying on pole in the second session. All went well and he upped his game, assuming everybody else would too. However Olie wasn’t very happy with his riding but somehow it was good enough for that pole position, by over half a second, at 1.01.8!

The next day was forecast to be wet and windy so it was decided that because Olie was a long way ahead it would be logical to just go out and do enough to win the first race, and then worry about a completely different wet set up in the morning. The afternoon had turned out a bit colder with a stiff breeze. Well the best laid plans don’t always work…Lining up on the grid Olie got the worst launch he had had for most of the season, and was 4th into the first hairpin. Knowing he needed to get some positions back fast as Jimmy Dye has a habit of upping his game in the races, Olie could see him out front. Just getting on the power at the apex of the first left hander Olie had a huge slide, which then caused a highside.
Everything seemed to be in slow motion as Olie found himself a long way up wondering when he would land….
Eventually he did…. And it hurt, a lot.
The race was stopped and yellow coats surrounded Olie. He felt his right wrist and hand was smashed, and was also convinced that his left ankle was broken and his back was in agony. Laying on his front, with a face full of grass wasn’t the best position to be in but he couldn’t move, probably more through shock than anything. Eventually he was put on a spinal board and taken to the medical centre where the pain was numbed by 15mg of morphine…. By this point the wrist and ankle were forgotten, but the back was getting worse. Olie was taken to Carmarthen hospital, just as Father Steve was going out for his first practice lap in the isle of Man- no wonder Mum Carole has white hair, skilfully covered of course!
After being very painfully removed from his leathers (Olie flatly refused to have another pair cut off.) a lot of x-rays were taken. Thankfully they were all clear, with a badly bruised spine and a few cuts being the only damage. Sent home that evening with some strong painkillers and a very uncomfortable nights sleep, Olie plus support team headed back to the B and B.
In Olies words, "If the amount of pain I suffered over the weekend can’t knock me down nothing will"
Olie is aiming next week-end (2nd June) with the classic club and hoping to take his first CRMC race win for Paton! Thanks to everyone who lent a hand and offered support over the weekend; particularly Sharpy, for driving, repairs support and phone calls to Mum and Dad on the Island, and long suffering Helen for last minute repairs, and holding his hand when he needed it! Without all your help Olie really could not have managed.
See you at Oulton…..

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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