Reigning TT Privateers champion Ivan Lintin has joined RC Express Racing on a two year deal for the 2015 and 2016 international road racing seasons. The Lincolnshire rider will replace Yorkshireman Dean Harrison, who moves on to Mar-Train Yamaha.
Lintin had a breakout year in 2014, finishing seventh in the opening Supersport TT race as well as winning the Privateers championship. He also took six wins from seven starts at Scarborough to win the International Gold Cup. He also won his second successive Ulster Grand Prix Supertwin race win.
He’ll have a Kawasaki ZX-10R superbike and superstock machine at his hands for the coming seasons, as well as an ER-6 supertwin built by the same team that took Harrison to victory in that class this year.
Ivan Lintin: “I’m delighted to be joining RC Express Racing and it’s a fabulous opportunity for me, one I’m determined to grab with both hands. I’ve been really pleased with my 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 to see that they’ve firmly established themselves as a major force to be reckoned with.”
“I’m really looking forward to getting on a Superbike for the first time and the next two seasons promise to be really exciting for me. 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. I’ll be looking to finish in the top ten at all of the International road races and am really grateful for the chance to campaign the RC Express Racing machines. I’d also like to thank everyone at Taylor Lindsey Racing for all their support over the last two seasons.”
Ben Constable, team co-owner, added: “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. 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, whilst 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.”