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.

 

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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
 

Off to Brands Hatch for the final round of the Triumph Triple Challenge / Michelin Young Guns series, it seems no time at all since the first round in April!
Olie had been working hard in the gym since the disappointment of the previous round and his head was in a far better frame of mind. He wanted to go out with a bang!!
For this meeting he would also be riding Steve's Hub center steered 750 creation that he had ridden at the Silverstone track day earlier in the year, having entered in the prestigious Champion of Brands race.
For this reason it was decided to do the first Friday Bemsee test day of the year! It would also be an ideal opportunity to try out a few things on the Triumph. So long as the weather held....

Steve and Olie took the Hanson Building products race truck up early on friday morning so they could miss the traffic. The clouds were looking very threatening although the forecast had said it should be dry until midday.
First up was the Triumph and Olie just tried to ease himself into the weekend with a few laps. There was plenty of time to up the pace later on. Going out for a few laps on the GTS immediately after, Olie was pleased with the performance of the, lets face it, odd looking bike.....
After this session it started to rain. Olie did a further session in the damp conditions on each bike, then one more on full wets (this was the first time he had used wets for 2 years!) By this time the heaven's had opened and rivers were forming down Paddock Hill bend. The rest of the weekend had been forecast as dry so it was decided it was a pointless (and risky) exercise to stay out on track. The rain continued through the afternoon and into the evening.

Saturday dawned damp and first qualifying was held on wets. Olie was still re-learning wets after two years off and managed to post a pleasing 54.1 in the wet conditions, putting him in a provisional 5th on the grid. He knew that there was plenty more pace to come if the races were to be held in similar conditions. By the time it came round to warm up for the Champion of Brands it had started to try nicely. It was too late to change wheels therefore things started to get a bit slippy on the overheating wet tyre's towards the end of the 10 minute session.....
Second qualifying was entirely dry on the Triumph and Olie was really up for continuing his great qualifying record in the series.
After a few laps he had scrubbed in the new tyre's and past first Michael Booth then championship leader Jimmy Dye. Getting a P1 board on lap four and then improved every lap until he came in on lap ten, Olie had recorded a 50.210 s lap and had taken his 4th pole position of the series (out of 6 rounds contested) by a few hundredths from Steven Smith, who was certainly riding well.
Both riders were in turn half a second up on Rob Guinan and Jimmy Dye.
The next outing was aboard the 750 in the first 20 minute Qualifying session. The team had fitted a new set of slicks and went out with the aim of qualifying for the A group. There was a huge 77 bike entry with the first 38 bikes after qualifying going through to Group A and the rest contesting group B. After Olie had scrubbed in the tyre's and got a feel for slicks he started trying to up his pace- a very different bike from the 675! He was really struggling with next to no feel from the rear end and trying to cope with the bike spinning up coming out of every corner. As he got used to this happening the times came down and on the last lap of the mammoth 19 lap session he posted a 50.8 second lap to place him in a pleasing 16th position. After having a 'Debrief' with Steve it was discovered that he had wound the compression right in to take a note of the settings but failed to wind it back - affectively making it as hard as possible......

The first race of the weekend was the Superpole on the Triumph. Starting from pole he made a fair start and was third at the end of the first lap. Jimmy Dye had managed to do his usual disappearing act on the first lap and Olie was left to chase Michael Booth who had also had a great first lap. Finishing in third position Olie was fairly happy with his ride, knowing had the pace to win the main races on the Sunday. Our rider also prefers starting from the inside at Brands and actually consider pole to be a disadvantage.
The second qualifying session on the GTS provided more feel from the rear, but was slower than before. The track was quite greasy and nobody improved their earlier times, lots of rubber on the track with the Sidecars running! Once all the sessions had been combined he qualified 32nd on the grid, in the A group (most of the riders are on modern 1000cc bikes)!
The warm up on the Triumph was used to scrub in a new set of Tyre's and the GTS practice saw Olie trying one of Danny Imbergs old Bridgestone slicks to see if it offered any more grip.

Race one was the first Triumph outing and Olie managed to get the best 675 start of the year and into second into the first corner!!! Olie was chasing leadere Jimmy Dye and starting to close him down when the red flags came out on the 8th lap, following an accident. It seemed Olie had been dragging Steven Smith along with him, as they had both posted a 49.9 second lap on the final circuit, but this time was not counted in the results because of the red flag, the results standing from the last full lap for all riders.

The first Champion of brands race finally got away after a second lap incident saw a red flag come out. This was a shame because a brilliant start had seen Olie make it inside the top 20 off the line! The second attempt was not as good and he was last into Druids. Picking the pace up Olie soon found himself chasing down a large group of 10 riders battling from about 15th - 25th position. He caught them rapidly but struggled to pass them in the remaining few laps. The end result was a solid 28th position (not bad from 77) and a time of 50.5 seconds.
The last Triumph race of the year was definately going to be a corker.Jimmy Dye had already secured the championship but second, third and fourth were still up for grabs. Whatever order Steve Smith, Michael Booth and James Wainwright finished in the race would be the order of the championship. Add to this Olie and Rob Guinan and there was sure to be a good race!
As three riders, including Olie, entered Druids side by side on lap one we knew our prediction was somewhere about right.....For the whole race the previously mentioned riders passed and re passed each other in what was the most enjoyable race of Olie's career. More than once Olie went into druids fifth or sixth and come out second!! On the last lap it was mayhem and Olie entered clearways 4th and crossed the line 2nd! In fact all 6 of the leaders finished within a second of each other! Do not miss the televised race, it makes very exiting watching!
Olie finished a thoroughly enjoyable first year of the Triumph Triple Challenge with an open topped car ride around the famous circuit for the top three and it was nice to see such a good crowd who had obviously loved the action that had unfolded in front of them.

All that was left was 15 more laps of the 2007 MRO campaign on the GTS. Another fair start saw him more in the pack than before. Olie hasn't started 32nd on the grid since probably his first ever race and wasn't used to having so many people around. It was chaos!!
After it settled down he started picking a few people off until Danny's old slick finally gave up the ghost a few laps from the end. , The team were very pleased to see Olie Finishing in 24th place.
Overall it was a solid and thoroughly enjoyable weekend that gives Olie the much needed confidence boost before the all important CRMC championship decider at Croft next weekend and on to next year.
If any of you can make it up to croft, please do. We need all the support we can get to try and Bring both Olie and Paton their first Championships!!



 
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
 
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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