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
 
Olie was back on the short circuits riding the 500 twin classic Paton at the CRMC race of aces on 8/9th September.
He had had high hopes for the weekend as it was a track that the Paton could finally stretch its legs! Sharpy and Olie went up on Friday afternoon while David and Steve followed up early on Saturday morning. David Syzmanski of Hanson Building products was also parading the second Paton on the Sunday as well as having a hospitality box for employees and customers, so it was important that the week-end went well.

Given grid number seven for the first club race, this put Olie effectively number three because the grid was to be shared with a guest Scandinavian club who were holding their final round in England!
Getting a reasonable start Olie was fourth coming round for the first lap. Lea Gourlay very nearly highsided coming out of the chicane - a common mistake because of cold left hand side of the tyre at Snetterton - and took to the grass. So our rider settled into second behind Luke Notton until Luke fell at the chicane, and Olie took the lead. Olie led for the rest of the race, until he was very badly baulked coming out of the bombhole by a 350 Goldstar who used NO track. Olie had to overtake him on the right hand white line - coming out of a right hand corner!!! This let Lea Gourlay slip past for the win - he said afterwards he was laughing at how doing the right thing had lost Olie the race...
The second race was a repeat of the first. Lea won from Olie, with Vernon Glashier third. There had been a lot of oil dropped from the other races and the riders were all struggling for grip. It seemed that Snetterton is not as grippy as it used to be - Lea and Olie were nearly 2 seconds off the lap record,set by Lea last year, but were pushing very hard.
Olie felt that the bike was not as fast as it should be and was having quite a few problems with the brakes getting hot and the lever coming right back to the bar, a symptom of the track.

Sundays first club race had looked to be going the same way, with Lea out front and Olie sitting in a comfortable second until our rider went down the gears as normal at the end of the Revvet straight only to hear a horrible noise when he let the clutch out. As he tipped into the left hander the rear end broke away. Luckily he managed to catch it on the clutch (If you look at Olie's pictures he's ALWAYS covering the clutch - 2 year of riding the Aprilia 125......) and take to the grass. On further investigation it was found that the engine had run a big end. Luckily thre was the other Paton so Mervyn and Steve worked flat out to change the front end, gearing etc, to comply with the classic rules (Steves bike was still in Manx GP spec, with Discs on the front, and gearing to suite the Island).
The second club race was going to be a practice to get used to the bike before the important national race later on. Getting an absolute flyer of a start Olie was straight into the lead by the first corner, Olie commented the bike was feeling back to how it should be - fast!
At the bomb hole the bike seemed to jump out of gear which allowed Mike Smith and Lea past. It did it again coming out of the chicane then at the end of the straight the brake came right back to the bar - after only two laps. Olie pulled in as the brake really wasn't safe and he didn't want to hurt the engine by missing gears with the national race coming up. More work and a change of set up to improve the gear change was made.
The final race of the weekend was the national. Olie once again got the holeshot and led for the first half a lap, but he still strugged with the gears- the bike being set up for Steve perhaps making it more difficult. The brakes were much better and Olie was sitting in a comfortable third. Mike Smith tried a little too hard and highsided in a spectacular accident at Corams- bike and rider soaring over the tyre wall!
This left Olie with a second place finish, and just one point off the lead in the Championship going into he final round at Croft! The final round should be interesting........


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