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

It had been a long hard winter, with many hours spent in raising sponsorship to enable Olie our rider to compete on the roads with a full complement of Yamaha machinery.
We were delighted to welcome on board new major sponsor for 2010 Steve Bond from Bonds of Windsor, and welcome back existing major Sponsors SMV engineering and Wheeler Electrical. Without their involvement this year things were looking grim. However, Olie was now able to have at his disposal a trio of Yamaha machinery, SMV Flitwick Yamaha Supersport 600, Wheeler electrical Flitwick Yamaha Superstock 1000 R1, and Bonds Flitwick Yamaha Superbike R1.
Steve burned the midnight oil to prepare the bikes, with the new Superbike only being ready a few days before Scarborough Spring Cup.
Scarborough proved a good cobweb clearer, and then on to Cookstown in Northern Ireland, taking just the Supersport and Superbike machinery.
As with all race bikes, set up and testing is essential, and it was fair to say that the Superbike showed handling and power issues. The Yamaha Supersport proved itself once more a well set up bike.

On returning from Cookstown Steve found that the new forks in the Superbike needed re-gassing on one side, and some of the handling issues were clearly attributable to that- the team would have to get these sorted at the North west 200, where K-tech would be in attendance. Meanwhile, with less than two weeks to go Steve stripped the Superbike engine and made some mods’, to improve power. The newly painted body work was fitted and logo’s, and then it was off to the North West for the first of the three major road race meetings.

First practice evening was on the Tuesday, the Supersport session went well, and after gearing up, Olie qualified 13th overall. The Superbike still had major handling problems, despite fork rebuild, and although the power was better, it was clear that it might struggle against the all new BMW's. Due to several incidents, the Superstock session was cancelled. The Weather was bitter cold and windy, but dry, which meant it was hard to assess tyre choices, but speed trap time were good due to a tail wind.
The Team were flat out trying to get the Superbike sorted, another trip to K-tech saw us changing both front and rear springs to the forks and rear shock, and with the invaluable help of Richard from Maxton, we were able to change settings to hopefully improve the weaving issue.

For the first time The North west was to include a Thursday afternoon practice session, instead of the traditional evening only session, so we were hopeful of getting all three bikes sorted and qualified. The Superstock session was first out. The Weather was cloudy and dry, but with strong cross winds. The bike handled well, but again it was clear that the R1 stocker would struggle on power against the all new BM, and lighter weight machinery from Kawasaki.
In the Supersport session, we got some settings for race day, and were happy with the bike, being in the top ten through the speed trap.
The Superbike session was a disaster, being split into two sessions following incidents in the first, and the second cut to only 10 minutes following Steve Platers’ highside crash. We could make no gearing changes, and Olie only managed three laps, so he would start from 24th on the grid, at the head of the second wave.
Race day dawned bright, but unfortunately quickly clouded over, with heavy rain falling making the track very wet. The start of the first race, the Superbike saw delays on the grid, to allow for an improvement in weather, and more drizzly rain. All teams were changing from slicks to intermediates, some a mix, some wets- a warm up lap was followed by yet further delays. Eventually the race was cut to just 4 laps, and declared a wet race. Olie got a good start, and came round in 18th on the first lap. With a few swaps, this is where he finished, the first of the 09 cross plane crank R1's.
The first Supersport race saw Olie dicing with Ian Lougher and Adrian Archibald, with Archy just crossing the line ahead of Olie, when our bike ran out of fuel just before the finish. Beating Ian Lougher, Bruce Anstey, and lapping faster than Archibald and Dan Kneen the result was a good one.
In the Superstock 1000 race, Olie pulled up to 19th by the third lap, from 24th on the grid, only to run out of Petrol at York corner on lap 4. Once again Indian and African elephants cost us a DNF (sorry Merv, couldn’t resist it!)
The Feature race, North West 200 Superbike, was again shortened to only 4 laps, following two incidents on the course and threatening weather. Olie finished in 18th place, the first Yamaha across the line.
The final race, Supersport two, again shortened to 4 laps, saw Olie dicing with Dan Kneen, Ian Lougher, and Gary Johnson, pulling up to 12th by the third lap. However, Dan managed to slip stream Olie at the end of the final lap, crossing the line ahead of him, and Olie had to settle for 13th, Finishing ahead of Gary Johnson and Adrian Archibald.
All in all, not a bad North West 200, and a good start before the Isle of Man TT- see you there!

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
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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