RC Express Racing has today announced a two-year deal with Ivan Lintin.
Lintin – who dominated this year’s Scarborough Gold Cup meeting and was the 2014 TT Privateers Champion – will ride for the team at the International road races in 2015 and 2016. He will ride a pair of ZX-10R Kawasakis in the Superbike and Superstock classes and a ER6 Kawasaki in the Lightweight events. Lintin has gone particularly well in the Supertwin/Lightweight classes in the past, winning at this year’s Ulster Grand Prix and finishing on the podium at the North West 200.
“I’m delighted to be joining RC Express Racing,” Lintin said of the news. “It’s a fabulous opportunity for me, and one I’m determined to grab with both hands. I’ve been really pleased with me results and progression over the last two years and joining forces with RC Express will enable me to progress to the next level. As soon as talks between Ben, Roy and myself started it didn’t take long for everything to fall into place and you only have to look at what they’ve achieved with Dean [Harrison] to see that they’ve firmly established themselves as a major force to be reckoned with.”
Harrison recently announced a move to Mar-Train Racing for 2015 while Lintin also split with his team Taylor Lindsey Racing. Harrison took his first Isle of Man TT victory this year, racing for RC Express Racing in the Lightweight class. Team owner Ben Constable explained why it was the right choice to sign Lintin to replace their departing rider.
“We’re delighted to welcome Ivan to the team and to sign him up for the next two years is brilliant news for all concerned,” Constable said. “He was the ideal candidate to take over from Dean and we’ve seen at close quarters these last two years how good he is and how much he’s improved as a rider. He’s got a very sensible head on his shoulders, ideal for the road races, and he goes about his business in the right way. He knows when to push and when not to push, again crucial for the roads. His results this year speak for themselves. He’s getting quicker and quicker and stronger and stronger with each and every outing and we’re confident of giving him the tools and platform to move to the next level. He’s been extremely strong in the Supersport class and, whilst we’ve yet to finalise our plans, we’ll hopefully have him riding for us in the 600cc class too. We’re all eagerly looking forward to get cracking and can’t wait for the 2015 season to get underway.”
2015 will be Lintin’s first on a Superbike and the Lincolnshire rider is looking forward to it. “The team set-up will enable me just to concentrate on my riding, something that I haven’t been able to do previously, and I’m confident I’ll be able to repay the faith Ben and Roy have shown in me,” Lintin revealed. “I’ll be looking to finish in the top ten at all of the International road races. I’d also like to thank everyone at Taylor Lindsey Racing for all their support over the last two seasons.” Lintin will ride at the Isle of Man TT, North West 200, and Ulster Grand Prix as well as the Southern 100 and all three events at Oliver’s Mount in Scarborough- the Ian Watson Spring Cup, Cock o’the North and the International Gold Cup.