Ivan Lintin is the latest top-flight rider to confirm his appearance at the 2015 Bennetts Classic TT with the Lincolnshire rider contesting the Bennetts 500cc Classic TT.
It will be the 30-year old’s first time at the Classic TT but Lintin, who will ride for RC Express Racing during the International road race season, has secured a ride with one of the sport’s finest, lining up for Brian Richards Racing on one of Andy Molnar’s special 4 valve G50 Seeley’s.
The venture, a joint one between Richards and Molnar, will see a purpose-built bike constructed purely for the longer road circuits and as such is being designed to cope with the rigorous demands of the TT Mountain Course. It will have a Seeley MK4 frame with assistance also coming from MV Agusta specialists, Mark and Dave Kay, who will provide the forks while the twin disc front wheel is to be supplied the Seeley disc rear wheel.
Maxton Engineering have modified the forks, and will also provide rear shocks, with Bill Simpson having built the frame, and tanks. Molnar Precision are supplying the engine as parts for Richards to build himself and the whole project is fuelled by the burning desire to prepare the first single cylinder classic bike to lap the TT course at over 110 mph.
Richards knows all about the rigours of the Mountain Course having competed at the Manx Grand Prix and TT over a period of 32 years, from 1961 to 1992, before going on to sponsor several well-known riders, including, Bob Jackson, Bill Horsman and Bill Swallow. His riders won the Senior Classic MGP with Swallow’s lap of 108 02 mph in the 1999 Singles TT being, until last year’s Classic TT, the fastest by a single cylinder classic bike.
Commenting on his Classic TT debut Ivan Lintin said:
“It will be great to have another run round the Mountain Course and this is a really interesting project with all the right people involved. We’ve got a proper target with the first 110 lap for a single and it would really be something to be proud of if we could achieve that. I’ve followed the Classic TT meeting for a couple of years so it will good to get the chance to be part of it.”