Olie Linsdell is looking forward to his return to the Mountain circuit at the 2012 Isle of Man TT fuelled by Monster Energy.
Linsdell and Team Flitwick have confirmed their participation in the 2012 TT, as well as other international meetings the North West 200 and Ulster Grand Prix.
As a result of support from existing and new sponsorship partners and backers, he will line up on the grid on a multi-manufacturer fleet of machines. Linsdell will have a new 2012 Honda Fireblade Superstock, funded by major sponsor Steve Bond, the competitive SMV-owned Yamaha R6 Supersport machine and an all-new Flitwick-developed Suzuki SuperTwin for the Lightweight class.
He will ride the Bond Fireblade in the Dainese Superbike, Royal London 360 Superstock and the PokerStars Senior TT races. The Honda was chosen this year with help from Clive Padgett, and promises to be an all round package to suit Linsdell’s return.
In the Monster Energy Supersport races Linsdell starts at number 20 on the grid, and is confident of building on his 16th place finish in 2010, having missed the 2011 TT due to injury.
True to Linsdell tradition, Olie and Steve have used their engineering skills and burned the midnight oil developing a machine for the new Lightweight race that is rumoured to be different to many of the other machines that will line up for the SuperTwin class. The Flitwick Motorcycles-backed machine will certainly be a head turner when it starts at number 14.
The all-new Lightweight class is one that Linsdell and the team are really looking forward to; a nimble smaller bike in Linsdell’s hands is a force to be reckoned with, as his lap record speed of 111.8mph from a standing start in practice for the 2010 Manx Grand Prix on the 1972 500cc Twin Cylinder Paton demonstrated.
The Flitwick Motorcycles Team welcomes a new backer for 2012, Northern Irish company Regal Leisure Ltd, which joins Wheeler Electrical with much-needed help toward running costs in what will hopefully turn into a long-lasting partnership.
The team is seeing Linsdell's return to TT as the final part of his recovery after his major 2010 MGP accident, which happened while he battled for the lead in the Post Classic race with Michael Dunlop.
"It’s been a long recovery, but I’m back, fit, competitive, and I can’t wait for my return to the Mountain course, and to spend time once more within the friendliest paddocks in the world!"
"I am so grateful to my backers, long standing and new, without which I would not be on the grid this year at all.”
TT and Motorsport Manager Paul Phillips believes Linsdell will make his mark again at this year’s TT.
"Olie was becoming a real TT star before his road racing career was interrupted and I’ve no doubt he would have pushed on in 2011 to challenge the top riders."
"He and the team have taken a really sensible approach to returning to competitive racing and his return is a tribute to his strength of character."
"Everyone on the Isle of Man is looking forward to welcoming Olie back to racing on the Mountain Course and I’m sure he’ll be quickly back into his stride."