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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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Olie Linsdell Flitwick v-strom Supertwin TT 2012
In September 2010, we believed our Rider, Olie Linsdell was unlikely to ever ride the roads again.
By summer 2011, he was already back riding on the circuits, and planning his return to the Roads in August.
In August 2012 he returned to ride at the Ulster Grand Prix, the fastest road race in the world, and put the Flitwick Enfield on the top step during the Dundrod classic race.

However, the North West 200 would be the first modern pure road circuit Olie would ride at since the Manx near death crash in 2010.

The intention was to take the SMV 600 Yamaha Supersport R6 only, allowing time to bed in prior to the return to the Isle of Man TT circuit in June. However, with the help of Steve Bond, our long time faithful sponsor we were able to acquire a brand new Padgett’s supplied Superstock spec Fireblade, and with the help of new sponsor Regal leisure fund it’s running at the Triangle circuit.

A year out of road racing is a long time, at this level, with or without the injuries from which Olie has recovered, so it was with trepidation that the Team arrived at a very damp International North West 200, in time for first practice on the Tuesday.
Having set up in the paddock, it was time to get some practice in on the Superstock new machine, and get settings and some miles on the clock, plus practice on the SMV R6 to run the newly refreshed engine in.

Olie was lying 19th fastest on the R6 by the end of the first qualifying, and 27th in the Superstock class and 34th in the Superbike class, as he would run the Superstock in that class as well.
The practice was cut short due to accidents and Weather forecast predictions for Thursday practice and first race day was for bad Weather, so it was likely that was where Olie would start from.

Thursday Race day dawned wet and windy, with delays to the start of proceedings cutting short all practice, so there was no improvement. Olie finished 21st on the Superstock in damp conditions, with the Superbike postponed until Saturday.

Thankfully Saturday was brighter, and a faster pace was set, so Olie finished a creditable 24th on the big Honda, still getting used to the bulk and weight against the lighter R6, and 16th in the first 600 Supersport, at an average speed of 109.556. However, Dicing with Ben Wylie in the second Supersport race he pulled in, feeling exhausted. He withdrew from the remaining races when popular rider Mark Buckley lost his life during the Superstock race.

A week later it was off to the Isle of Man TT, this time with three bikes, the Bonds Superstock 1000, SMV Yamaha R6 Supersport, and the newly built Flitwick Super twin 650 Special, for the all new Lightweight TT class. This would be the first time Olie was to ride the mountain course that nearly claimed his life in 2010, and the Team were naturally nervous as to how he would feel going down Bray hill for the first time since then.
For the first time Mum Carole did not go to the paddock to watch him set off on that first lap, riding the new Flitwick Super twin for the first time.
We needn’t have worried, Olie was again back where he belonged, and back quickly on the pace. Unfortunately the Weather was not playing ball, and practice week was in steadily worsening conditions.
All three bikes performed faultlessly, with Olie qualifying 27th in the Supersport at an average 117.455 lap, 17th on the Super twin at 109.737, and 48th on the Superstock 1000.

Race week started with the Saturday start postponed due to horrendous rain and mist, and the first Superbike race then rescheduled to start at the later time of 11.50.

Olie was riding the Bonds 1000 Superstock bike, but pulled in at the end of lap one as he felt it was too heavy for him to ride safely. the TT course is the most demanding of all, and he still wasn’t back up to full strength from the October accident.
A Team decision was made to withdraw from the big classes, allowing Olie to concentrate on the Supersport and Lightweight classes later on in the week.

In Monday’s Supersport race, Olie started a seeded 20th on the grid, and took the SMV Yamaha to 21st, with a race average of 116.445, and a bronze replica to his credit.

On Wednesday Olie was also to ride in the second of the Supersport races and as a last minute addition in the SES TT Zero electric race, riding the ManTTx bike, having been invited to stand in for Dan Kneen who was injured in the Supersport race earlier on Monday.

With the weather still very wet and foggy, the schedule was changed with the TT Zero going off first, and the Supersport 600 race not started until 18.30, with low sun but mainly dry roads.

Olie had completed a lap on the Electric bike in qualifying earlier in the week, coming in 4th, in readiness for the race, but unfortunately one of the battery units lost power and he was forced to retire in the race- he got a lift back in the course car, which he said was scarier than racing on the circuit!

Later in the day Olie brought the SMV Yamaha home in 16th place, with an average lap time of 117.955, and a fastest lap at 120.664, qualifying him for a silver replica in the process, and giving him his best ever race lap on the circuit.

The all new lightweight class was scheduled for Friday, a three lap race with a 10.45 am start, but the weather had other ideas, and the decision was taken to postpone the races until Saturday.

On Saturday the Weather was still horrendous, with delay after delay announced, until eventually the blue riband senior race was cancelled, for the first time in TT history.
The lightweight race eventually ran at 18.30, over the full three scheduled laps, it being deemed safer due to the required treaded tyre rule.

The Flitwick Super twin had been built around a V-strom Suzuki- quite a challenge compared to the normal choices of the Suzuki SV650, or the popular KL650 Kawasaki. This is an on/off road style bike, with a large tank capacity, and “sit up and beg” proportions. The team had decided to go with this machine as with the larger tank (all Super twin Lightweight TT machines must retain the silhouette and size of the original tank) it would be possible to do the 3 lap race non-stop, giving Olie an advantage compared to the slow down and fuel refill times needed for the other more standard machines, which would outweigh the obvious heavier machine. The time and resources to convert the bike were considerable, there are no "off the shelf" race parts for a V-Strom!
So the Team were shocked when, with only a month to go the TT organisers announced that the race rules for the lightweight were to be changed, and a compulsory pit stop would be required, the first ever in TT history. So all the hard work and added cost was mainly in vain, and we were now at a disadvantage due to the weight against the other machines. Added to this was the nonsensical decision that riders need not refuel at all, just come in, touch their foot down in the pits, and then out again!

Despite this, Olie did Team Flitwick proud, and proved that he and the bike had what it takes, moving up the field from his start position of 14th, to finish 9th with an average speed of 109.989, just behind Ian Lougher, and in front of Ryan’s team mate Jamie Hamilton, both riding the lighter Kawasaki machines, the only Suzuki in the top 10- and he earned his 2nd Silver replica of the meeting, and his first top ten Finish at the TT. All this in damp and windy condtions, with low sun at the end of the day.

So a good finish to Olie’s return to the Island, and proof that you can’t keep a good man down: , Now, roll on the Manx Grand Prix.........







 
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