Rising star chooses roads over short circuit season
Thursday, February 05, 2009
Young motorcycle racing star Olie Linsdell has chosen the Isle of Man TT and other road racing events over a season of British Superbike competition in 2009, it has been confirmed.
The 21-year-old has chosen road racing with a stable of Yamaha machinery run by a new team, which has been set up by his dad Steve, who has secured 12 podium finishes in races on the famous Mountain Circuit. In addition to the TT, Olie’s schedule includes the North West 200, Ulster GP, all of the Scarborough meetings and a substantial number of the Irish Road Races.
He has secured Flitwick Motorcycles-backed Superbike, Superstock and Supersport Yamaha machinery running on Pirelli tyres.
In addition, Olie will ride 125cc and 250cc Hondas, under the expert guidance of Matt Jackson and Peter Berwick, and will be fighting for another victory at the Manx Grand Prix, this time on the Paton classic bike.
Olie had a good season in 2008, and expanded his road racing experience, taking his second win at the NW200 and the Dundrod 150 on his debut at the Ulster circuit. He also set new lap records on his way to both wins.
His first TT appearance earned him one Silver and two Bronze replicas, with a 600cc speed of 119.554mph.
Olie also enjoyed an impressive short circuit season. Riding in the BSB support Superstock 600 class, he took five top 10 finishes and 15th overall, despite an early shoulder injury and racing in a series that saw 60 plus riders on the track over the weekend, and often less than a second separating the top 30.
Concentrating on pure road racing this season enables Olie and his team to put all available funds into producing a competitive package, and with the Yamaha machines prepared by his dad, Olie will be able to put all his energy into getting the results and focusing on gaining the experience he needs to figure at the sharp end of road racing for years to come.
‘It is fair to say that the past two years have been fantastic for me, and I know I have been lucky to have had the breaks that have got me where I am today.‘
‘2008, riding alongside Ian Lougher, was a steep and enjoyable learning curve, and I have much to thank him for. However I was unable to raise the necessary funding to stay with Ian’s team this year.’
‘I am pleased to say that with the help of a number of my personal backers I have been able to get back on the grids with a competitive package that I believe will give me the ammo’ I need. For the first time I will get a crack at riding a Superbike, and the Yamaha Big Bang Superstock 1000 is a very exciting prospect!’
‘I am also really looking forward to riding the 125 and 250 Hondas, which I rode late in the 2008 Season with pleasing results, and to experience the Paton on the mountain course.’
‘The truth is I am so excited and can’t wait for the season to start!’
With funding to secure and prepare the bikes in place, the team can now turn its attention to running the machines for the duration of the season. This year is set to be a financially challenging year and anybody that can offer any sort of support, and wants to become part of an exciting and professional new team, should contact Olie’s website.
Team Flitwick Yamaha starts the season with a three-day test in Portimao, followed by the Scarborough Spring cup on the April 19th.