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 Linsdellís 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 at the recent Cookstown meeting
Team Flitwick Yamaha set off on the 29th May for the TT looking forward to a successful and busy TT fortnight.

Olie had had a successful North West 200, with a podium placing and two top 15 placings on the very wet triangle course. He followed this up with a very successful meeting at the Barry Sheene Classic races at Oliverís mount Scarborough, second only to Ryan Farquhar. Both riding Paton 500's, they swapped place in several nail biting clashes, and both broke the 16 year old race and lap record held for 16 years by Bob Heath.

So it was with high hopes we arrived in the Isle of Man late Friday, setting up ready for Saturday evenings practice.

Olie had a very busy race schedule mapped out- with Superstock, supersport and Superbike Yamahas, 125 and 250 two stroke Hondas for the Billown TT, and a ride in the first TTXGP clean emissions one lap race.

Saturdays practice went without a hitch, as did Monday and Tuesday. He was running in the top 6 in the Supersport, and set his first 122+ lap during his first ride on Pete Beales fantastic Yamaha Superbike, a shot to the bows of the current leaders.

The top 30 race numbers go off first during practice, with the remaining field following on, so Olie rode the Flitwick R6 first each session, meaning that he had to alternate the bigger bikes as there is only one session for all solos per night.

Practice weather was perfect, but each evening the first sessions were delays due to newcomerís laps, cows on the track, the list goes on.

Wednesday's plan was for Olie to do two laps on the R6, then straight out on the Superbike, with two on that.
The first lap on the 600 saw Olie up to third fastest and fastest through the speed traps, and the second lap improved sector times up to Sulby. The next sector is Ramsey. Olie did not appear.
He carries a mobile phone to ring in case of breakdown or fuel issues, so straight away we knew he was likely to have crashed out.

The section between Sulby and Ramsey is mostly fast and furious, so it was with trepidation that I walked to the rider retirement office, to find out what had happened.
When I was asked to come in, sit down and close the door, I knew it was bad. Olie had come off on the very fast section at Glen Duff, and had been air-meddeed to Nobles Hospital.

Steve I and Kirsty, Olieísí girlfriend drove to the hospital. Merv and Pete stayed behind to sort out the bikes and lock up the Truck and awning.

We were told he was conscious, but had leg injuries, and was being assessesed. Once that had been carried out we were allowed in to the Emergency section, to find him with a broken femur, a badly damaged knee, a damaged elbow, and covered in abrasions. He had not lost consciousness, and could remember what happened.

The description pointed to a sudden puncture, or possibly a steering damper issue, which caused to bike to veer uncontrollably to the left. When it became apparent to Olie that he would be off, he pushed himself forward off the bike, which then hit the high kerb and launched itself 20-30 feet in the air, through a tree, and into the field 100 yards the other side. Olie meantime bounced some 140 yards down the road, with every inch of his body getting a battering.

In the early hours of the morning Olieís leg was pinned and plated, and the next day his knee and elbow stitched back together. The knee injury is such that he ground his knee cap down, and thinned the tendons, plus there is a section where there is no skin left, but at present it is unlikely that he will need a graft, as first thought.

All in all he is a very lucky lad; a get off at 155 mph on one of the fastest sections of the mountain course can often end in a different way.

The new slogan for his bikes, coined by Saul is "sponsored by God" and we think that just about sums it up.

Olie is hopeful that he will be fit enough for the Ulster in August and back on the Island for the Manx GP.
The bike is to all intents and purposes a write off, so I may be smiling sweetly at the wonderful Andy Smith, at Yamaha UK sometime this week.

Special mentions must go to Merv, Janet, the Bond family, and Shed for their special support and being there when we needed them. To Peter Wheeler, Matt Jackson, Peter Berwick, Pete Beale, Hils and Phil, all at SMV, Rick Simpson and all other sponsors and supporters for their patience and understanding, even though their Bikes stood idle, and last but not least to Kirsty (now re- nicknamed Nursty) who has looked after my boy with dedication, I am sure he couldn't have got through it as well without you. I hope I have not missed anyone out, please forgive me if I have.

Thanks to all others that have sent messages of support, it's good to know how highly he is thought of. Olie will be updating his website, and replying to the many personal messages he received as soon as possible.


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
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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