Paton has announced its participation at the Isle of Man TT Races in June, with Bedford-based Olie Linsdell competing in the bikesocial.co.uk Lightweight TT Race.
Paton introduced its first street legal bike, the S1 ‘Strada’ last November at the Italian EICMA exhibition.
This ambitious challenge has been made possible by the small but determined Italian factory team led by Steve Linsdell of Flitwick Motorcycles, who will prepare the bike for Linsdell, who will set up the bike and ride it.
Linsdell made his mountain course debut at the 2007 Manx Grand Prix and his TT Races debut in 2008 but the highlight of his career was his race win in last year’s Bennetts 500cc Classic TT when he powered to victory on a Paton BIC 500 BL3 replica.
“Racing has been Paton’s goal since it started in 1958,” said Roberto Pattoni, Paton technical director. “With modern classes it means making a street legal bike, which also carries the added motivation of increasing our small firm’s technical knowledge by having to solve problems it has never had to face before as well as providing a new challenge. It is a culmination of all our history into one single product.”
The S1 Strada, Paton’s first street legal bike, is a project based on the Kawasaki 650 twin engine, but surrounded by all of Paton’s experience from 55 years of racing and built to excel both on the road and track.