Bardney based motorbike star Ivan Lintin is gearing up for this year’s international road race campaign and is eagerly looking forward to building on a highly successful 2013 campaign.
The Isle of Man TT will again be the focal point of the calendar with the North West 200, Ulster Grand Prix, Southern 100 and Oliver’s Mount, Scarborough road races also on a busy schedule.
Lintin continues be backed by Taylor Lindsey Racing and will contest the Supersport 600cc races for the Lincolnshire property developers.
He will be riding an ex-Cameron Donald Honda CBR600RR that was purchased last August.
He will also compete in the 1000cc classes for the first time with the team on a Honda CBR1000RR, another former Donald machine.
Having previously sponsored Sergio Romero, Robert Wilson and Stephen Thompson, the Taylor Lindsey Racing team was established in 2013 with Bardney’s Lintin being selected for backing.
He didn’t disappoint with some strong results in the Supersport class throughout the season.
Starting the year on a Kawasaki, the 29-year old had a steady outing at the North West 200 with 14th and 19th place finishes and this set him up nicely for the TT where he recorded his personal best lap of the Mountain Course at 121.501mph to take an excellent 15th place in the second 4-lap Supersport race.
Numerous podiums were taken at the Spring Cup and Cock o’ the North Trophy meetings at Oliver’s Mount before the ex-Donald Honda was acquired in time for the Ulster Grand Prix.
Lintin duly took full advantage of the new, faster machine to take seventh and eighth around the high-speed Dundrod course, the results being especially satisfying as he ran in close company with Donald, Conor Cummins, Gary Johnson and Dean Harrison.
He rounded out the year with a brace of fifths at the International Gold Cup at Scarborough.
With everything now in place for a concerted attack on the internationals, Lintin is ready to take the next step up the leaderboard and firmly challenge for top ten positions - something he is more than capable of achieving.
He said: “I’m delighted to be continuing with Taylor Lindsey Racing for a second season, particularly after such a strong first season together.
“We’ve some very competitive machinery I’m really excited about the year ahead.
“The 1000cc will be a change, and a new challenge for me having not ridden one for five years, so I’m sure it will be a completely different experience.
“I’m really looking forward to riding both bikes and I’ll be looking for more podiums and top finishes.”
Robin Taylor, of Taylor Lindsey Racing, said: “Having enjoyed a successful first year, we are very pleased to have re-signed Ivan.”