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
It's been some time since we updated this section, no excuses, and the time seems to have flown by since the TT came and went.

Team Flitwick Motorcycles was back at Armoy on the 27th and 28th July with Olie Linsdell, the first time he rode there was in 2010, as a newcomer, and due to his massive accident at the Manx that year, he wasn’t able to remember much of the circuit at all!
This is a two day practice and race meeting, so as effectively a newcomer again, he took the Super twin 650 Flitwick Special, the SMV Yamaha Supersport 600, and was again riding Matt Jacksons Barnes Racing Honda 125 - having decided to leave the big Bonds Honda Superstock 1000 back in Flitwick, and concentrate on the smaller classes.

Practice was damp, but we were pleased to see Olie pick up the baton and put in some decent qualifying times- qualifying 7th on the Grid on the Super twin, 11th on the Supersport, 8th on the 125 in the Moto 3 class, plus 14th overall in the newly revamped race of legends on the 600.

The Weather was wet and windy for racing, but Olie put on a good show, having learnt the course once again- with results 5th in the Super twin class, 8th on the Supersport, 8th in the Moto 3, and 9th in the Race of legends, 4 top ten placing’s – a good start back on the real roads following the TT.

Next up was the Ulster Grand Prix 8th-11th August, a year since Olie had his comeback at the fast Dundrod Circuit where he took the win in the Dundrod Classic race on the Linsdell Enfield.

Sadly the classics were dropped from the schedule this year, leaving us to concentrate on the 125, Super-twin and Supersport classes.

Once again Olie had been fortunate enough to ride Matt Jacksons little 125 Honda in the Moto 3 class, and he sprung a surprise by qualifying it on pole for the race.
More surprises for the meeting came from Olie when he then qualified the Flitwick Super twin 650 2nd, splitting favourites Team KMR Ryan Farquhar and Jamie Hamilton, who qualified first and third.
He did not disgrace himself in the very competitive Supersport qualifying either, starting 14th on the Grid aboard the SMV Yamaha.

On race day Olie got a bad start in the Moto 3, with the little engine bogging down, and pushing him back- he managed to climb back up to third, finishing on the Rostrum once again, just behind Sam Wilson, with William Dunlop taking the win.

In the Super twin race, there was a red flag incident, and on restart Olie found himself fighting for 5th place with Adrian Archibald, who eventually pipped Olie to the line, the race being red flagged due to a further accident- the Flitwick Super twin special proved itself to be a formidable bike, putting in the 3rd fastest time through the speed trap.

In the two Supersport raced, Olie improved his qualifying place to finish 11th in race one,and 10th in race 2.
All in all a good result, marred by the death of popular young road racer Lee Vernon, who died following an accident during the Superbike race- RIP Lee, you will be missed.

Next up was the Manx Grand Prix, with both Olie and Steve competing in the classic races.
This was Olie’s return to ride at the Manx, not riding in 2011 due to his injuries from the year before.
Steve had passed the Seeley Enfield over to Olie, the aim was to improve on the 102 mph lap Dad had put in the year before, to make the little 500 push rod Single the fastest ever Enfield racing on the Island, and put the Enfield on the rostrum 31 years from Steve’s 3rd place as a newcomer on his original Seeley Enfield, “Harry 1”.

Our good friend and Sponsor Giovanni Cabbassi had returned the 500 Paton Twin to us, which we had intended to run in a separate class, however it proved to be too OLD for the said class, so we withdrew that entry!

Steve Bond had funded the purchase of a Seeley Norton Commando for Steve L to ride.

Practice went well, despite the inclement weather, with Olie putting in a blistering 106.473 on the Enfield, qualifying 2nd behind Ryan Farquhar on the Paton.
In the Formula Classic, Steve was 4th fastest, but the Norton had an intermittent electrical fault that was proving difficult to find the cause of.

The race day was damp conditions, and the start delayed to allow the Weather to improve, but by the end of the first lap Olie had put the little Enfield into a commanding 2nd place, some 2 seconds ahead of Chris Palmer aboard the Warmsley Manx Norton, but behind Ryan on the Paton.

Alas however the rostrum place was not to be, as the Enfield let go of the big end on lap three over the Mountain, and Olie had to sit the rest of the race out. Dad Steve was even more unlucky; the bike started, and then cut out a yard from the start line, refusing to fire up again at all- it was Steve’s shortest race on the Island ever!

So a disappointing Team Flitwick Manx, but back home all in one piece- which after 2010, was a cause to celebrate.....

However, no rest for the wicked, and the Team decided to take in the last two rounds of the CRMC Classic Racing club schedule, the first being at Snetterton circuit the week-end of 15th-16th September.

Olie was to ride the Paton on this occasion, plus test the Norton commando to see if the fault had been found. Steve had worked hard repairing the Enfield motor, and little Brother David was to give the bike an outing.
The week-end Weather was fantastic, Indian summer territory, and we were all up for a relaxing, no pressure week-end.

Olie had a cracker of a meeting, although he struggled getting used to the Drum brakes which are now compulsory on the Paton, a new rule applied since the last time the Paton was used at the club, taking to the grass during one of the 500 GP races, having “run out” of brakes!
Despite this, he set Pole in the ACU Classic 500 race and qualified 6th in Race of Aces, which is basically all comers’ invitation, including the big post classic bikes.

The tally on the Paton was Acu, 2nd, GP 500 two firsts and two seconds, and a 4th in the race of Aces.
On the Norton we found the fault raising its head again in the practice, and finally traced it to the Ignition box- this was replaced and all now seems well- poor Mervyn has had a busy time with that one!. 12th (5th in class), 5th (2nd in class) and 2nd (2nd in class) were the improving results for the Norton.
David was still relearning his way around a circuit, having taken a year off due to Uni commitments, and a nasty shoulder injury at the beginning of 2011. He achieved 27th, 26th, 21st, and 19th, but was a DNS in the ACU Race, as “someone” (Dad) forgot to reconnect the fuel pipe after removing the tank....

Olie had been offered the loan of a TZ350 two stroke Yamaha for the Bemsee MRO round on the week end of 29th-30th September at Brands Hatch.
The TZ was Olie’s first taste of the early Yamaha race pedigree machines, and like everything, it involves a whole new style of riding to get the best of the high revving motors.
Despite this, Olie managed to qualify the bike 2nd on the grid, only for the motor to seize on Saturday during warm up; resulting in a twisted crank and the bike was sadly out for the week-end.
Not wanting to miss the Sunday racing, he came back to see what he could ride, having agreed with the organisers that, although he would start from the back of the grid, he could return with a suitable machine for any of the undersubscribed grids on Sunday.

Following the TT, the Bonds Superstock 1000 had stood idle, as Olie felt he wasn’t quite up to strength yet to manhandle the big bike around the pure road circuits.
However, with running and training he has been improving his upper body strength, and therefore took the Big Honda to the Sunday meet, to see if things were better.
He was pleased that the bike handled beautifully, and despite not having ridden it since June, then only a few laps of TT practice, he started from the back of the grid in the Superstock 100o class, gaining a 9th, then improving to 5th in lap two- game on...

Next up is the last race meeting Scheduled for the Season, the CRMC classic event at Silverstone, 13th and 14th October- see you there.......

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
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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