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
 
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
 
With top three placing and lap records at previous CRMC meetings on the fabulous Paton, Olie was fired up and determined to lead the way home at the prestigious King of Brands meeting 7th/8th July.
Arriving on Friday afternoon to meet Steve and brother David (who was making his race debut aboard the Seely Enfield 500…) he was determined take some wins in arguably the clubs biggest meeting of the year.
Feeling very confident of a good result, Olie certainly had the pace, taking lap records at the past 2 meetings, and he just needed to work on getting up to pace quickly in the first few laps to try and stop Lea Gourlay doing his amazing disappearing acts!

Friday night was to be an eventful one with a lot of work still to do on the bike.
The team camped overnight, and over a glass of wine had quite a chat to Andy Molnar of Molnar Precision. This cumulated in Andy and Kim, his partner, offering Olie a ride on the best 350 Manx Norton in the country the next day. After such a sustained period of grotty weather we hoped for some sunshine over the weekend!

The gods were smiling on Brands on Saturday morning, dawning bright and hot just in time for Helen and Carole to arrive and make the tea! Practice went well with gearing set up on the Paton, and Olie getting a feel of the 350 that he was planned to race that afternoon!
The first race was to be the IHRO (International Historic Racing Organisation) on the Paton- an extra race to the season so far. These races are still push starts so Olie was very nervous- he's renowned for his inability to bump start bikes on his own…
Given second place on the grid, with a lovely uphill push, the flag dropped and Olie failed to get the Paton to fire,so the race was over before it had even started. Our rider was very, very angry at himself..

The second race was the first of the club races, and Olie finished in third position behind Mike Smith and Lea, with his mind really not right and still angry with himself for the recent failure in the IHRO. Lap times at 53.6s were encouraging though, being faster than Smith and only marginally slower than Gourlay, even though they had already done quite a few races that day. Race 16 was the 350class on the molnar Manx. As Olie had never ridden in this class before, he was to start from 33rd on the grid and had a lot of work to do. The bike handled so well and was a lot of fun to ride, Olie managed to push hard on a bike that he only had 5 laps experience on, and worked up to sixth,overtaking 27 riders and lapping only half a second slower than the established riders like Gourlay at 55.7s.
Another bike to ride at a classic meeting is a good idea just to get more track time and experience on the older style tyres. So a big thank you needs to go out to Andy Molnar for the loan of his lovely machine.

The last race of the day would be the second Norton Owners Club on the Paton. Determined to stick with Gourlay and make a better job of getting through the backmarkers (some of which we would lap every 3 laps…) the Flitwick Flyer got a good start and slotted into second behind Lea. The race was a close one; Olie managed to hang onto the Manx Norton and Lea, with second the end result, only half a second behind. He knew he could do it on the Sunday!

Olie claims he had a surprisingly good nights sleep in the tent, having been ousted from the truck by Mum, and was raring to go in the morning- Dad Steve had risen before 7.00 to repair a broken part on the Paton, and change the wheels and tyres- Olie rose over an hour later, and got a tongue lashing by the hard working Steve!
Once again the first race was the IHRO. Having had half an hour's practice bump starting in the morning (complete with a paddock audience) Olie went into the race in a much better frame of mind. Starting from 26th on the grid, due to the DNF in the first race, Olie was relieved to manage a good start (practice makes perfect) and set about catching Smith and Gourlay. He posted a 53.08s lap on the final lap, but had to settle for 3rd, having passed 23 riders on his way...

We knew as Olie lined up on the grid for the first Norton Owners club race that this was his best chance yet of a victory. Getting a great start he hung onto Gourlay like a limpet, as they upped the pace to a new level. Pushing really hard he cut through the slower riders better than Lea, both leaving Mike Smith some way back by this stage. Making his move 3 laps from home, Olie passed Lea to take the lead, only to get caught by a slower rider coming out of clearways and Lea re-passed.
The two leaders started the last lap absolutely together and Olie made his mind up that it was either win or crash- he could sniff victory! Entering paddock so hot that even he was surprised to get round, he was close enough for an overtaking lunge, passing Lea at Druids with a very hard but fair move. The race was one of the most exciting of the year, and Olies supporters standing on Paddock hill could hardly bear to watch as he kept his head down to win by 4/10ths and our Paton’s first in Britain!
To top it off Olie also set the new club lap record at 52.739 on the last lap.

There was still the prestigious ‘King of Brands’ Trophy race to go, and understandably the team were confident that Olie was in with a shout.
The trophy was originally the countries biggest race and has been handed out since the 50’s with the names of all winners gracing the Kentagon restaurant ceiling! Lea had been the victor for the past 2 years.
On championship positions to date Olie was 2nd on the grid. Another good start saw him once again tuck in behind Lea who then tried to break our rider early on- both wanted this Trophy very badly. The race is sponsored by Summerfield engineering, who are Leas personal sponsors and owners of his fantastic Manx Norton, so Lea did not want Olie stealing the win!
Riding superbly, Olie made his move on lap four and was never headed, with the winning margin being over 4 seconds and with it another lap record at 52.593!
Over the moon to receive the Trophy, and to have his name alongside some of motorcycling’s greats, Olie was also at 19 years of age the trophies youngest ever victor!

Returning to the Hanson team truck and awning in the paddock, Olie was elated, proud and very tired, having had a very busy couple of days, so we forgive him for only managing a third in the last race of the day.
Overall we had a brilliant weekend with 6 podiums including 2 wins from 6 starts. Olie also took the lead in the National championship for the first time this year, heading the championship by 4 points from Smith. We believe we also we set a new record for supporters over the weekend, with over 15 people in the Hanson Building products truck awning on Sunday. We nearly ran out of tea bags! It was great to see so many of you waving from Paddock Hill Bank on the warm down lap. Special thank you’s need to go out to Andy Molnar for the use of his 350, Roger Winfield for the loan of his silencers (we are still experimenting with noise reduction...), and Mervyn and Sharpy for their hard work and support.
We have finally gone some way to pay Giovanni and Roberto back for their patience and supply of the bikes, a win at last and hopefully it’s the first of many!
The next outing is again at Brands – this time the wonderful GP circuit on 21st/22nd July aboard the wheeler electrical 675. It is a circuit that Olie loves, and it definitely suits his riding style. Hope to see some of you there! The more the merrier- we've restocked on Tea!


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