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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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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
 
KUSHITANI COVERS LINSDELL FOR 2014 28 January 2014
 
Olie and Team Flitwick clinch the Classic TT 500 win... 26 August 2013
 
It's fair to say that the past three years have been tough for our rider Olie Linsdell, following the accident at the Manx Grand prix in 2010 that not only nearly ended his race career, but almost claimed his life.
In 2011 the decision was made to get back on the track slowly, but miss out riding on the Isle of Man TT course that he loves so much, and work on getting his strength back. So a mix of classic short circuit racing, and Road racing at the Ulster Grand prix ( Olie took the Classic 500 win) saw his slowly dial back in, and prove he still had what it takes.

In 2012, he was back riding at the North West 200 and back on the Island for the first time since his accident, riding three machines again at the TT, where he gained his first top ten result in the all new Supertwins class- riding the Flitwick special V-Strom, the fastest Suzuki by far in the class.

It was then onto the Manx grand prix, riding the Flitwick Enfield, where eyebrows were raised when he took the little single round in practice at a staggering 106.473 qualifying 2nd behind Ryan Farquhar on the Paton, and in front of the usual suspects. Lying in a safe 2nd place, it was an early bathe when the big end let go over the mountain.

Things were starting to shape up, and plans were being put in place for a return to the TT and the all new Classic TT in 2013.

A mix of classic and modern meetings during the Season aboard bikes ranging from Enfield, Paton, TZ Yamaha, Honda Superstock, and Yamaha R6 gave Olie the variety he needs, and showed just how versatile a rider he is.

With budgets tight, the emphasis was always going to be the Isle of Man Classic meeting, with a view of going for the Win in the very first TT Classic, in what is still considered the premier class, the 500cc.
Our good friend Giovanni Cabbassi had kindly agreed to loan the Paton bike again to us that Olie had set the fastest lap in practice on in 2010, before the accident prevented him riding that year, and Ian Lougher was to ride the Enfield.
Olie was also to ride the Winfield Gears 350 K4 Honda, and our FZ750, to be rebuilt after its near destroyed state from 2010.

We were informed late in 2012 that the current TT stars were very interested in the new event, which would have a 60s nostalgic theme for 2013, and quickly learned that the main TT star, 14 times TT winner John McGuiness would be replacing newly retired Ryan Farquhar as Rider on the Winfield Gears Paton- so no pressure then!

By the time the meeting was upon us, the 500 class was oversubscribed, with TT riders including John Mc Pint, Michael Dunlop,William Dunlop, Conor Cummins, Gary Johnson, Cameron Donald, Bruce Anstey, Dan Cooper and Guy Martin all scheduled to ride a variety of high quality 500 bikes, for top quality teams. Add into this mix the challenges of the top highly experienced rider of the like of Alan Oversby, Chris Palmer and the ilk, no slouches at getting classics round at blistering paces, and we knew that the challenge to stand on top spot was going to be huge.

The FZ ride had been abandoned, as Steve developed a bone infection in his ankle, a residue of his crash at Snetterton in 2005, making it impossible to stay on his feet as long, and running out of time to prepare all three bikes.

With the first 500 practice session cancelled due to rain, Olie lined up alongside John McGuiness on the Monday evening, both on the green Paton 500 machines, and led the session off.
John dropped in behind Olie, and both lapped at similar speeds, with Olie one sec ahead- John said he was surprised at the breaking markers, and that he felt he would be hard pushed to beat our rider on the day.
The rest of the field were some three mile an hour behind on speed, so it appeared as predicted Olie’s main rival would be John, just as in the past it was Ryan...

Olie proved to be fastest in practice in the 500 class, at 111.385, with John and Team Winfield struggling with a misfire on their Paton.
Guy Martin was disappointedly a non starter, having arrived a day late for practice, and was refused a start.
Bruce Anstey and Cam Donald were both putting in strong times, but a number of the top guys including Michael Dunlop had problems in practice, with mechanical woes. We were all looking forward to the 500 race start, where Olie would be going off number One.

On the Friday before the scheduled day one of the Classic TT schedule, the Classic Paddock went back in years, with riders Teams and fans dressing in 60’s gear, plus “George Formby” and the shuttleworth snap, the Purple helmets, Classic cars, 60’s music and Paddock displays from yesteryear entertaining the crowds. The sun shone all morning, and it was just what we all needed to relax before the races.


Saturday dawned, and the race was scheduled for late morning. The weather was perfect conditions, a little breeze and warm.
Olie knew that he needed to get a good first lap in, as the challenge from John, starting at number three was very real, and if he was caught, he was beat!
The plan was to be on the pace from the off, come in after lap one for a refuel, and then get a flyer on the third lap.
At the third distance, lap one Olie got a pit board that showed what he 1.8 secs, and thought “sh**, Johns' learned how to ride it” but at the gooseneck, over the mountain he quickly realised it was up to 30 secs and counting- the first one had been 18 secs!

Coming in for the pitstop, it was apparent that he had a commanding lead, and in fact had broken the previous lap record held by Ryan Farquhar, with an opening lap of 111.447. Even after the pitstop he was still ahead of the second placed man, William Dunlop aboard a Davies Motorsport Honda by some 42 secs.
Sadly John had to retire in the pits at end of lap one, the persistent misfire on the Winfield Paton still a problem.
The order was now Linsdell, William Dunlop, Bruce Anstey and Cam Donald, with Ian Lougher our other rider a fine eighth place.

Lap three, and the order was still Olie, now one min fifteen secs ahead, then Jamie Coward (who had not pitted) Will Dunlop, Roy Richardson and Ian Lougher on the Flitwick Enfield, up to 5th, and putting in an impressive 106.505 lap.

Bruce Anstey and Cam Donald, both contenders for the podium had retired with broken engines at this point. Olie however was sailing along, no problems, and broke the lap record again on this lap, now 111.666, and 147 through Sulby speed trap!

Olie knocked the speed off a bit on the last lap, sure that something was giving way- it’s strange how the mind imagines all sorts when your near the dream finish- just 109.401, equalling the second fastest lap of William Dunlop on the Honda.

So over the line he came, the first winner of the opening Bennetts 500cc Classic TT, and in doing so goes down in history as holding an instant race record, at a race time of 1:22:07.732 (110.544mph) and holder of the lap record with his best lap of 111.660mph some 2 minutes ahead of second place Man William Dunlop. Third place was Jamie Coward, aboard a Craven Manx.



Our man Ian Lougher came home a fine fourth, with a fastest lap of 107.55, the fastest single cylinder lap of the race, and the fastest push rod single to lap the Isle of Man during the Manx festival in history.

Olie was greeted by Giacamo Agostini, TT legend, who also presented the laurels on the podium- a proud day for Team Flitwick.


Olie did not fare so well in the 350 classic race, riding the Winfield Gears Honda. The machine developed a misfire at the end of lap one, whilst lying if 4th place, just behind Alan Oversby, and he eventually had to retire at the end on lap two, as the bike kept cutting onto one cylinder.

For Olie and our Team, The 500 Classic TT result is the culmination of courage over adversary, and one of which we are unashamedly proud.

It repays our loyal patient and fine Sponsor and Friend Giovanni for his faith over the past years, from the first year of developing the Paton to make it fit for the demanding mountain course,to today when it came over the line in top spot.

It is a testament to Steve Linsdell, who has worked tirelessly to ensure a fast reliable and stable bike was ready for the challenge, and Roberto Pattoni, who had the dream of reproducing and continuing his Father’s legacy.

Our thanks go to all our sponsors, friends, and supporters, too many to list here, but special mentions must go to:

Giovanni Cabbassi, for the use of the wonderful Paton, and his friendship and faith over the years.

Mervyn Hackett for his unending and uncomplaining hard work grafting on the bikes and in the paddock- we would be lost without him.

Janet Hackett, for great food, friendship, and often emotional support, and putting up with us.

Steve Bond, long time Sponsor and good friend, for all the support over the years, and letting us take over his house twice a year, and his Partner Fen for lending him to us in the paddock...

Roger Winfield for letting us have use of the Honda- much appreciated...

Ian Lougher for riding our Enfield so well, and showing just how fast a humble Single cylinder push rod British bike can go in the right hands..

Shed Hurrell for keeping calm in the pits when the bike didn’t want to restart, and for not expiring when he pushed it so far..

Don Williamson, for continued support, encouragement and a great, and surprise victory dinner on the Sunday....

Natasha and Amy, for cheering the boys on and keeping them happy...

And Lastly to our great Sons, Olie and David, who give us pleasure and make us proud always...

Roll on 2014.......
 
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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
 
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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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