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
After an indifferent Isle of Man TT, Team Flitwick Motorcycles were looking forward to visiting the little Oliver’s Mount road circuit, in Scarborough, where Olie was to ride Giovanni Cabbassi’s fabulous Paton, for the annual Barry Sheene Road Race Festival in readiness for the Ulster GP and the Manx Grand Prix in August. He was also riding the SMV Yamaha 600 Supersport.
Our new Team truck had yet again failed to materialise, so it was decided to work from the Van and Pop up awning, staying in the relative comfort of a small Band B.
We set off on Saturday afternoon, the Team consisting of Steve, Olie, David, Mervyn Janet and myself, meeting Sponsor and friend Steve Bond at the circuit, who was travelling over from the Isle of Man.
Setting up was a breeze, with not big truck to worry about, although the very windy weather meant that the awning needed to be weighted down and tied to the fence to prevent it turning into a kite!
The forecast was for sunshine, to overcast and back to sunshine with a light to strong breeze, and the possibility of rain was how conditions were described fort Oliver’s Mount, but ever the optimistic we refused to believe it would be anything but sunny. After a quick wash and brush up we took in a great Chinese “feast” at what is probably the best Chinese in Scarborough, then it was bed in readiness for the next day’s events.
Practice and qualifying went well, with Olie and his classic 2009 rival Ryan Farquhar ahead of the field, Ryan riding Roger Winfield’s Paton as well. The Weather was very hot but with such a strong wind that we very near lost the awning entirely, having to tie it in again to the van as well as fence!
Olie was riding in race three, an eight-lapper for modern machines 600cc and over He had qualified 3rd fastest, with Ryan in Pole, , Keith Pringle second, and Mick Goodings rounding out the front row..
It was Keith Pringle who took the hole shot with Ryan slotting into second as they rounded the Mere Hairpin and by Drury’s on the opening lap it was Farquhar in the lead, leading at the end of the lap by a 1.880 second advantage over Keith Pringle with Olie in third. This is the order they finished in.
Next up was the first leg of the Denis Parkinson Trophy Race for Up to 500cc Classic machines pre 1973, once again over eight laps.
The two Paton machines were quickest in qualifying, but this time it was Olie who took the pole position from rival Ryan Farquhar.
The Italians twins led the field into Mere Hairpin and by the end of the opening lap Ryan had crept past by two-tenths of a second. Third some 12 seconds down was Mark Parrett on a G50 Matchless.
It was the same gap a lap later, as positions remained static with the six remaining riders circulating.
At Drury’s on lap three Olie passed Ryan, but by the end of lap it was Farquhar back in front by some 22 seconds, with Olie touring in to retire having slid off at Mountside Hairpin. Farquhar took the win then by a massive 64 seconds ahead of Mark Parrett, and Grant Sellars.
Next up for Olie was race six, the Geoff Barry Trophy Race, which included the larger capacity classic machines. Olie took the hole shot from Pole position, followed by Ryan Farquhar, with John MacFarlane on his 1000 third.
Olie still held the lead at the end of lap one of eight by nine-tenths of a second, with James Coward now third.
Lap two saw the gap between the leading pair up to four seconds, with James Coward in third, a further nine seconds down.
Lap three saw John MacFarlane taking third spot, and the gap between Olie and Ryan now up to 10 1/2 seconds. Half distance and Ryan was now being chased by MacFarlane with only two and a half seconds between them. Olie’s lead was now nearly 15 seconds .A lap later and Olie had added another second to his lead, with John MacFarlane catching Ryan, passing him by three-quarter distance,
The penultimate lap saw Olie flying on the Paton, with his lead some 11 seconds over John MacFarlane and Ryan Farquhar third. Olie won the race by 13.7 seconds over John MacFarlane and Ryan Farquhar, with 17 seconds between second and third.
Race eight, the second leg of the Denis Parkinson Trophy saw Ryan retiring from the meeting, giving extreme fatigue as the reason, having travelled on the overnight ferry from Ireland, where he was racing on Saturday.
Olie held the lead from the start with Paul Coward second and Mark Parrett third, and was leading by some 8.4 seconds, at the end of lap one. The lead was doubled after another 2.43-miles, although the gap between second and third was down to four-tenths of a second.
At the four-lap mark the lead was half a minute, whilst the gap between second and third was up to 1.70 seconds.
Olie broke the lap record on the fifth lap lifting the speed to 74.441mph (1min 57.516sec) beating Ryan Farquhar’s record set last year. At three-quarter race distance the lead was up to 54.866 seconds. By the chequered flag at the end of the eight laps Olie Linsdell took the victory by 74.346 seconds from Mark Parrett with Grant Sellars coming home third.
The penultimate race of the day, the second leg of the modern solos of 600cc and over, saw Keith Pringle, Olie and Ivan Lintin on the front row and it was Keith who took the hole-shot round Mere Hairpin and up Sheene’s Rise.
At the end of the first of the eight laps, Pringle was still in the lead, followed by Lintin and Olie. Mick Goodings, Mark Buckley and Alistair Haworth made up the top six. No change on lap two, only the lead was extended to 4.8 seconds and by lap four to 6 seconds with positions remaining the same.
Olie pulled three-quarters of a second back on race leader Pringle on lap five. Lintin was a further 4.4 seconds down in third.
Lap six and the difference between the leader duo was down to 5 seconds, whilst the gap between second and third extended to 5.5 seconds, with no changes in the top six.
Keith Pringle extended his lead to 6 seconds on his penultimate lap and at the chequered flag was 5.310 seconds ahead of Olie, with Ivan Lintin taking the final podium position.
The final race of the day was the feature race for the unique Barry Sheene Trophy.
Once again Olie got the hole-shot, but it was John MacFarlane who crept past as they crossed the line to start his second lap with James Coward in third. MacFarlane and Linsdell were still separated by a half-second at the end of lap two, with Coward now 12 seconds down in third. No change on lap three between the leading pair, although James Coward was falling back, now 20 seconds down.
At half-distance, Olie was past, and in front of MacFarlane by 0.786 of a second, with Coward now 28 seconds adrift. Lap five of eight and Olie was still in command with 3 seconds in hand on John. Lap six and the lead had increased to 6.3 seconds. Lap seven and Olie was still pressing ahead on the Paton with an eight second lead.
At the all important chequered flag, Olie Linsdell took a 6.661 second victory over John MacFarlane, with James Coward third, taking the Barry Sheene Trophy in the process.
As the presentation commenced, the Rain came down, having held off until the last man crossed the line.
All in all a pleasing meeting, next up Kells.

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
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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