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
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
After his massive off at the TT in June, and the disappointment of missing the Ulster GP due to fitness, Olie was determined to prove he still had what it takes by riding in the Senior Classic Manx Grand Prix on the Isle of Man TT circuit. He was lucky enough to have at the use of the fantastic 500 Bic Paton supplied by our good friend and Sponsor Giovanni Cabassi.
Father Steve had been flat out, it seemed for an eternity, building “Harry 2” a 500 push rod Royal Enfield Single in a Seeley frame, similar to the one he rode for his debut on the Island, and would be riding this for the race.
Olie had to undergo another medical before he was allowed to start practice, to ensure he was considered “fit to ride”. It is fair to say that jumping about two foot in the air, and landing heavily to prove the Strength of his leg was good enough came hard- he was still walking with a crutch, but he managed it (somehow!) and was given the all important signing on slip he craved.
Steve still had some finishing off to do on the Enfield, so both Flitwick riders lined up for the first nights untimed practice on Paton’s. Steve had been given start number 3, and Olie number 5, but it is fair to say that when the flagged dropped Olie shot off, and put up one of the fastest times of the Classics that evening.
On the Monday evening, Steve’s Paton stopped with mechanical woes, but Olie beat any demons that were lurking with a blistering 107.568mph, second only to flying Ryan Farquhar. He went one better on the Tuesday eve, putting in the fastest lap of the evening on a classic. Steve also took his Enfield out for its very first outing, and with a lap of 95.301, was optimistic with a lot more to come after necessary adjustments had been made.
Sadly, from then on the Weather took a turn for the worst, and subsequent practice sessions were curtailed or cancelled as a result.
Heavy rain on the Wednesday evening brought delays, and Olie opted to stay put in the paddock, Steve meantime added a lap to his tally. Thursday evening was cancelled, and Friday was such that no lap times were bettered. For the final, Saturday practice session, the roads were very wet and conditions extremely windy, and although both Flitwick riders went out, times were down. However, surprisingly, Olie still posted the fasted of the evening, whilst his rival, Ryan Farquhar slipped off his 350 classic at Guthrie’s, and was air-medded to Hospital.
The extreme Weather continued into race week, with Monday’s racing cancelled, a good call, as the Weather was truly awful. The decision was made by the organisers to combine all Classic classes into one, to be held on the scheduled senior classic day on Wednesday, rather than call off the Junior and Lightweight Classic races altogether. This gave some of the Classic riders with more than one Bike a headache, deciding which machine to ride- 350, 250, or 500. In some cases due to the inclement practice week weather, the decision was made easier due to non qualification. In our case, only 500 classics were in use, so no issues at all!
The paddock conditions by this time were truly awful, with some of the racing “campers” resorting to wrapping their race bike Wheels in plastic to try and avoid dragging mud onto the track- truly shocking
On the Wednesday The four lap combined Classic race was brought forward 15-minutes to One O’clock, as the forecast was yet again for rain later!
By some miracle, the Weather conditions were described as good by the Clerk of the Course. Ryan Farquhar (500 Paton) and Alan Oversby (350 MV) set off number 1 and 2 getting the Classic race underway, with Steve on the Enfield third off the line, and Olie close behind at number 5.
Pre-race it had been thought that the senior Classic class would be a Paton battle between twice winner Farquhar and ‘new boy’ Olie Linsdell, who had qualified one-two in practice. Many were still talking about their terrific duels earlier in the season at Oliver’s Mount during the Barry Sheene Classic Races. It is fair to say that they didn’t disappoint, with Ryan leading on the roads at Glen Helen, but on time it was Olie in front by 8 seconds. By Ramsey, half way around the first lap, Olie had the bit firmly between his Teeth, and it was clear all thoughts of his TT crash were firmly gone- his lead was up to 12-seconds with Mark Parrett third.

The Paton twins completed the opening lap almost alongside one another, with Ryan passing the pits at 128mph, and Olie at 132! The Flitwick rider set a new lap record from a standing start, upping the speed to 108.912mph, with a 17 second advantage. Mark Parrett was still hanging on to third.

Lap two and the duelling pair were together with Olie now leading on the road at Glen Helen.
At Ramsey his lead was up to a fantasic18 seconds, with Parrett still third and Wattie Brown fourth.
Steve’s race came to a stop at Governors Bridge, at the start of the second lap, when he was forced to stop with a mechanical problem. His first lap recorded a great 99.655 from a standing start, and put him at 5th place. All he could do was listen to the commentary, with his Boy leading the race, fingers crossed that ONE Linsdell would make it to the podium.
By the end of lap 2 Olie and Ryan hammered straight through the start finish and past the Grandstand for another 37.73 miles, both having broken the newly set lap record. Ole l lapping in 20m 41.58s- 109.400mph and Farquhar 109.305mph.
However at Glen Helen on lap 3 the gap was down to 14 seconds between the leading Senior pair, with Farquhar now leading on the road, By Ramsey Farquhar was back in the lead both on the roads and time, by 3-seconds over Olie, and with sinking hearts, we realised he must have a problem. Meantime, at the end of the lap Farquhar came into the pits to refuel having upped the lap record once again, and upping the speed to 110.984mph (20m 23.85s). Olie was a close second and he too came into refuel, but had a bad restart, having to go back onto the rollers to fire the machine up again. As he left the pits he had a 38 second deficit over race leader Farquhar, who had a very quick slash and dash.
Ryan’s lead at Glen Helen on the final lap was 41 seconds over Olie, with Mark Parrett still settled in third, and then retiring at Ballacrye. At Ramsey, his advantage was up again to 62 seconds. Light rain was now falling, and Olies gallant race efforts came to an end at Keppel Gate on the run back down the Mountain, when he was forced to retire with engine problems. Ryan took the win, with Wattie Brown in second place and Andy Reynolds third.
Olie managed to get a lift back to the pits with the rescue Helicopter, whose crew took pity on him huddled next to his bike whilst the Garlanding ceremony took place back at the start finish line.
He later told us that his leg had started to go dead in lap three, so he was forced to slow down for safety reasons.
So trials and tribulations on the Island again- but also pride and joy at an amazing comeback.
Roll on 2010- when a fitter, focused Olie will be back, very firmly, in the saddle- and watch out for a very quick Enfield as well!

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
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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