Ivan Lintin, who enjoyed a strong meeting at the 2012 Isle of Man TT, hopes to add a 1000cc bike to his stable of machines for next year’s campaign around the Mountain course.
The Lincolnshire racer took 7th in the BikerPetition.co.uk Lightweight and a Monster Energy Supersport 10th-place finish, as well as claiming three silver replicas, his first 120mph+ lap and 7th in the Privateer Championship.
Lintin enjoyed plenty more success on the roads during the year, and is determined to improve further in 2013 with the SuperTwin and 600cc bikes, but has plans to add another machine.
“I'll be continuing with both bikes in 2013 and they'll be developed accordingly whilst I'm also hoping to add a 1000cc machine to the stable.”
“Like I say, it's been a good year for me and I've made some real good progress at the International road races so I'd just like to thank everyone that's supported me and helped me during 2012.”
His season ended on a high note at the International Gold Cup meeting. He was runner-up in both SuperTwin races on his Tigcraft Kawasaki and took top 8 finishes in the 600cc races around the Oliver's Mount circuit, Scarborough.
On the Saturday, Lintin took pole for the 8-lap SuperTwin race, but was beaten to the flag by Dean Harrison. In the first leg of the 600cc David Jefferies Cup and Lintin rode the Supplies Direct/R&D ZX-6R Kawasaki to 7th, the first Kawasaki rider to finish and just over three tenths of a second adrift of Kiwi rider Anstey.
On Sunday, Lintin and Harrison battled it out in the SuperTwins again, Lintin finishing 2nd, just 0.873s back.
His final race was the second leg of the 600cc. a poor start saw Lintin down to 12th at the end of the opening lap. However, he soon got into his stride and with the fourth fastest lap of the race, Lintin crossed the line at the end of the 8 laps in 6th, only 5 seconds adrift of Michael Pearson in 2nd.
“It's been a good weekend and a good way to end what's been a very productive season for me. We had a few set-up problems with both bikes during practice, but come the races I was a lot happier with them and confident of some good results, especially in the SuperTwins, where I'd qualified on pole.”
“With Jamie Hamilton and Michael Pearson not starting, I was hopeful of grabbing the win, but fair play to Dean, he upped his game considerably and rode very well on Saturday.”
“It was a lot closer in Sunday's race though and with further changes to the suspension, I stuck to his back wheel throughout. I'd got everything lined up to overtake him on the last lap, but when I missed a gear, I lost a little bit of ground and wasn't close enough to try it, but I was still happy with 2nd, especially as I was only 0.2s off the lap record.”
“There was some stiff competition in the two Supersport 600cc races with the likes of Guy, Bruce, William Dunlop and Ian Lougher, to name just a few, on the grid, but I was really pleased with the results I achieved. I suffered with a bit of brake fade during Saturday's race, but was right on the tail of Bruce at the end and looking at the calibre of riders in front of me, I was more than happy with 7th.”
“A bit of rain was falling during Sunday's race, but I got boxed in on the first lap and it left me with a lot of work to do. We were all pretty much on slick tyres, but the drizzle wasn't getting any heavier so I pushed on and managed to work my way up to sixth. I was only a couple of seconds away from second so I'm sure if I could have got away from the line, another podium could have been taken.”
“Nevertheless, to finish 6th and 7th in the 600cc races at the Gold Cup meeting was very satisfying and a good way to end the season.”