MOTORCYCLING: Bardney racer Ivan rides to two victories on Isle of Man

Ivan Lintin rides to victory on the Isle of Man.
Ivan Lintin rides to victory on the Isle of Man.

Bardney motorcycle racer Ivan Lintin rode to two decisive victories in two 650 races at the Isle of Man Southern 100 meeting last week.

Riding the RC Express Racing Kawasaki, the 30-year-old reigning Lightweight TT champion was on pole for the start of the six lap Mike Kerruish Plumbing and Heating 250/650 Twins event and after passing James Cowton on lap two, extended his lead to more than four seconds at the chequered flag.

Ivan commented: “I followed Cowton for the first lap and a half to find the braking markers and then overtook him and never looked back.”

His second win came in the Ocean Ford 250/650 race, again run over six laps and this time he got away to lead the field around the first of six laps. He stretched out his lead to cross the finish line more than eight seconds ahead of Cowton and said: “We reverted back to our TT gearing and it worked.”

In the Ellen Valley Fuels Senior Race, the Lincolnshire fireman finished in fifth place.

Up next was the Radcliffe Butchers 600 race in which Ivan rode to a strong fourth place, which he followed up by taking the runner-up spot in the seven lap S&S Motors 600 event, after which he said: “I was hoping to get the break as it was really hectic out there last night but it just didn’t happen for me. But the bike was mint and my lap times were really good.”

The Corlett’s Trophy was rearranged following a red flag the previous evening and Ivan completed the seven laps in fifth place ahead of the big race of the meeting, the Manx Gas Solo Championship event, in which he scored another podium finish in third place.

A delighted Ivan said: “I am really pleased with this result as it’s the first time I have been on the podium in this event. I had a bit of a set-back when Michael Dunlop fell right in front of me and I think I might have clipped him as I went past, but I soon got back on the pace and secured my third podium of the day.”