Bristol-based RC Express Racing are heading into next week’s Isle of Man TT Races in confident mood with rider Ivan Lintin having had the ideal preparation for the event.
The team missed the recent North West 200 meeting and, instead, had three days of testing in perfect conditions at Croft, Oulton Park and Cadwell Park with 30-year old Lintin putting in plenty of laps on all four of the Kawasakis – the Superbike, Superstock, Supersport and Lightweight.
With an earlier successful outing at Oliver’s Mount, Scarborough reigning TT Privateer’s Champion Lintin is all set for his first TT with the team and ready to build upon his recent, and impressive, results and lap speeds.
2014 saw the Lincolnshire rider lap at close to 126mph on a Superstock bike in the Senior race and also place seventh with a 124mph+ lap in the Supersport class. With a best finish of fourth in the 2013 Lightweight race, he’s ideally placed to move up another level in 2015 and firmly challenge the factory teams.
RC Express Racing did exactly that twelve months ago when they proved their pedigree with then rider Dean Harrison claiming a brilliant win in the Lightweight race, an equally impressive second in the Superstock race and a maiden 130mph+ lap in the Senior.
Ivan Lintin: "I'm really looking forward to the TT and now it's here I can't wait to get going. I was a little bit disappointed to miss the North West 200 but as it turned out, I got three really good days testing in with some good weather and made some really good progress with all of the bikes. There's no pressure on me from Roy or Ben and whilst I'd love to get on the podium in the Lightweight, my main aim is to keep progressing, improve on what I did last year and enjoy myself. Hopefully, the weather will be good for first practice and I can get 2 or 3 laps on the Twin just to settle everything in and then get out on the big bikes on Monday."
Ben Constable, Team Co-owner: “We’re all ready to go and are really excited about this year’s TT. We never got to the North West 200 but I think we learnt more at Croft, Cadwell and Oulton and got plenty of track time with all of the bikes. Ivan put in plenty of laps, especially on the Superstock and Twin, whilst the 600 is a completely different bike now to what Ivan rode atScarborough. We’ve had the ideal preparation and are looking in good shape with Ivan really relaxed and ready to go.”
“I don’t want to make any predictions and we’re not expecting the world from Ivan but we’re obviously not going to make up the numbers either! He might be seen by some to be an unknown quantity but whilst there’s no pressure on him, we know what he’s capable of and we’re quietly confident of some good results this year. I’d just like to add a massive thank you to Danny and Adam for preparing the bikes, Mark at B&C Express, Shane at Tor Trucks and Nick at MSS for pulling out all the stops for us these last few weeks.”
Practice for the TT gets underway on Saturday 30th May with the team contesting six races in total – Superbike (Sat 6th June), Supersport and Superstock (Mon 8th June), Supersport (Wed 10th June) and Lightweight and Senior (Fri 12th June).
Pictures by Jon Jessop Photography