Thirty four years after the Continental Circus abandoned the TT, fully-fledged Grand Prix machinery has returned to the Isle of Man. FTR has provided the up-and-coming roads racer Olie Linsdell with one of their M210 Moto2 bikes to compete in this year's Senior TT race, to be held on Friday, June 11th. The young Englishman will be riding the FTR bike of a similar spec to the one campaigned by Kev Coghlan. The FTR Moto2 chassis houses a CBR600RR engine prepared to Supersport spec by the Joe Darcey Team, as the spec Moto2 engine prepared by GEO for the Moto2 Grand Prix series is not available to riders outside the series.
So far, the FTR Moto2 bike is performing remarkably well. Linsdell has already recorded a lap of 121.281 mph, almost a minute faster than his fastest lap on his 1000cc Yamaha R1 Superbike. Linsdell's flying Moto2 lap was just 7 seconds than his fastest ever lap on a Superbike, which is fairly remarkable for a machine using a 600cc engine, and given that a lap of the TT course is some eighteen and a half minutes.
To hear the difference between a Moto2 bike compared with a Superbike, you can watch this Youtube video of Olie Linsdell at Braddan Bridge on the Island circuit. Linsdell's Moto2 bike is the second machine in the video, and be sure to watch the reaction of the person to the left of the camera once Linsdell passes through the field of view: