DragonFire for Can-Am — Stout SxS Accessories for Serious Off-Road Use

19 01 2017

Purpose-built off-road accessories enhance the tough, capable and clever Can-Am Defender family of side-by-side vehicles

VALCOURT, QUEBEC / CANADA – January 19, 2017 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – DragonFire, based in Arizona, has devoted years to research and development to ensure its dependable products provide innovative solutions for passionate and enthusiastic off-road vehicle owners. From its dependable line of utility products to its race-bred performance products, DragonFire offers products for real-world use and results. That expertise, and proven reliability, has led to DragonFire and the Can-Am accessories team joining forces to develop a specific and exclusive line of durable components for the utility recreation Can-Am Defender line of side-by-side vehicles.

The DragonFire for Can-Am accessories offer an instant styling upgrade, while also supplying convenient bolt-on protection for both work and play. This new level of grit provides a perfect match for the Can-Am Defender side-by-side vehicle’s tough, capable and clever design. Here’s a list of seven excellent products, available in either Squadron Green or black, that are sure to add some protective character to your new ride.

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DragonFire Front & Rear Bumpers
Whether its heavy-duty chores on the job site or tough demands in the thick forest, the Can-Am Defender is ready for nearly anything with the addition of the DragonFire for Can-Am front and rear bumpers. The beefy steel (1.5-inch / 3.8 mm) tubing is designed to protect the Defender vehicle’s front and rear section and also offer a seamless fit. The rugged front bumpers, which are powder coated and branded DragonFire for Can-Am, feature integrated mounting plates for additional lighting like the 10-inch (25 cm) Double Stacked LED Light Bar (60 watts) or the 4-inch (10 cm) Round LED Lights (2 x 25 watts). The rear bumpers integrated step allows access to the cargo bed even with the tailgate up.
(FRONT) (#715004168, SG / #715003926, black) MSRP: $399.99
(REAR) (#715004169, SG / #715003927, black) MSRP: $349.99


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DragonFire Front & Rear ExoFrame Protection
The front ExoFrame Protection supplies additional bolt-on coverage for the Defender side-by-side vehicle, guarding the front corner, side body and headlights. The front ExoFrame Protection requires the DragonFire for Can-Am front bumper. The rear ExoFrame Protection attaches to the DragonFire for Can-Am rear bumper and is designed to shield the cargo bed’s sidewall from damage. Both accessories are made from durable 1.5-inch (3.8 cm) diameter steel tubing that is as rugged as it stylish. Both accessories are designed to blend in with the vehicle’s innovative contours. Choose from a Squadron Green or black powder coat finish. Sold in pairs.
(FRONT: #715004170, SG / #715003928, black) MSRP: $199.99
(REAR: #715004171, SG / #715003929, black) MSRP: $329.99



DragonFire Side Runners
The Side Runners, designed to protect the vehicle’s lower side without affecting ground clearance, are made of 1.25-inch (3.2 cm) diameter steel tubing and then powder coated for a durable finish. A convenient and strong slotted steel plate step provides added grip and improves vehicle entry/exit. The beefy components are lightweight but rugged and engineered to match the vehicle’s design. Combine them with the DragonFire for Can-Am Front & Rear Exo-Frame, for more on-trail protection. Sold in pairs, the Side Runners are tagged with the DragonFire for Can-Am brand.
MSRP: $399.99; (#715004172, SG / #715003930, black)


DragonFire Bed Roll Bar
Made of 1.75-inch (4.4 cm) diameter steel tubing with durable powder coat finish, the Bed Roll Bars protect cab components from the load in the cargo bed. Designed specifically for the Can-Am Defender side-by-side vehicle, the bars provide a rugged look and are perfectly contoured to match the vehicle’s design lines. The bars are designed to work with the DragonFire for Can-Am Spare Tire Carrier.
MSRP: $349.99; (#715004167, SG / #715003925, black)



DragonFire Spare Tire Holder
The nifty Spare Tire Holder takes up minimal space in the cargo bed of the Defender side-by-side vehicle and lets you take along an extra tire on your next trail adventure. The 1.5-inch (3.8 cm) diameter steel tubing piece, powder coated in either a Squadron Green or black finish, is easy to install and attaches directly to the DragonFire Cargo Bed Roll Bar to securely hold a spare tire and wheel.
MSRP: $169.99 (#715004173, SG / #715003931, black)

For a complete list of DragonFire for Can-Am accessories and detailed product information, visit: http://store.can-am.brp.com/products/1040198/DRAGONFIRE

Always check with your local dealer for proper vehicle fitment and other available Can-Am accessories.

Source: Bombardier Recreational Products Inc.



Ducati Island Returns to Circuit of the Americas and Laguna Seca 2017

19 01 2017

Ducati Ticket Packages Are Now Available With Exclusive Benefits,
Including Track Access and Infield Parking

CUPERTINO, CA – January 19, 2017 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – Ducati fans from around the world will gather to experience Ducati Island at Circuit of the Americas (COTA) in Austin, TX April 21-23 and Laguna Seca in Monterey, CA July 7-9  for their one-and-only MotoGP and WSBK stops in the United States repectively during the 2017 schedule.


Known as a must-stop experience for all race attendees, Ducati Island has grown into the largest Ducati fan activation aside from WDW around the world.  The “Biggest Party In The Paddock” returns with the popular Ducati Company Store, presentations by Ducati Master Technicians, along with Ducati’s official lifestyle performance partners. The owner hospitality amenities that riders love will also be there: Ducati Welcome Center, Ducati Gear Check, Ducati Owners Cafe, Ducati Fashion Models, the Scrambler Land of Joy, Ducati Kids, as well as displays for new models from the Monster, Scrambler, Multistrada and Diavel families as well as the heavily anticipated SuperSport.


2017 brings a host of new and exciting passions to the world of Ducati Island; from new Riders with Jorge and Marco,  custom X Diavel garages,  the offroad land of the Multistrada Enduro, and of course, COTA’s huge headlining entertainment stage on Ducati Island.   Additional Ducati activities in Austin and Monterey will be announced as the dates draw closer, but you can expect the unexpected.


Tickets are Available Now!  Three-day Ducati Ticket Package for COTA offered at $220, and Laguna Seca  offered at $179 per person.   Please visit www.ducatiusa.com for additional information and purchase.

Ducati Ticket Package

  • (1) Grandstand seat (three-day pass)
  • (1) Ducati motorcycle parking pass on Ducati Island
  • Exclusive track and paddock access experience
  • Parade lap around the COTA and Laguna Seca track for Ducati Ticket Package holders
  • Commemorative Ducati gift

All Ducati owners in attendance will receive entry to the Ducati Owners Hospitality area and the ability to check their gear at no cost.

Full details on all activities available at www. ducatiusa.com

Ducati Motor Holding S.p.A. – A Sole Shareholder Company – A Company subject to the Management and Coordination activities of AUDI AG
Founded in 1926, since 1946 Ducati has been producing sport-inspired motorcycles characterised by high-performance Desmodromic engines, innovative design and cutting-edge technology. Situated in Bologna, the factory is located in the Borgo Panigale district. The model range covers several market segments with the following families: Diavel, Hypermotard, Monster, Multistrada, and Superbike. In 2015 Ducati presented the Ducati Scrambler: a new brand made of bikes, accessories and apparel that provide the last word in creativity and self-expression. These authentic icons of “made in Italy”, together with an extensive range of associated accessories and technical and lifestyle apparel, are distributed in 90 countries around the world. Ducati competes in both the World Superbike and MotoGP World Championships. In Superbike Ducati has won 17 Manufacturers’ titles and 14 Riders’ titles and in 2011 passed the historic milestone of 300 race victories. Ducati have participated in MotoGP since 2003, winning both the Manufacturers’ and Riders’ titles in 2007.

Source: Ducati Motor Holding spa



American Honda Motor Co. is Recalling certain Honda GL1800 (Goldwing) motorcycles

19 01 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C. – January 19, 2017 – (Motor Sports Newswire) –

Air Bag Inflator May Rupture

An inflator rupture may result in metal fragments striking the operator resulting in serious injury or death.

NHTSA Campaign Number: 17V031000

Manufacturer: Honda (American Honda Motor Co.)

Components: AIR BAGS

Potential Number of Units Affected: 882

Vehicle Make Model Model Year(s)
HONDA GL1800 2006 – 2009, 2012
HONDA GOLDWING 2006 – 2009, 2012

Summary: Honda (American Honda Motor Co.) is recalling certain 2006-2009 and 2012 Honda GL1800 (Goldwing) motorcycles originally sold, or ever registered, in Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, Texas, Puerto Rico, American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands (Saipan), and the U.S. Virgin Islands, or “Zone A.”

Additionally, if not included in “Zone A,” Honda is recalling certain 2006-2009 Honda GL1800 (Goldwing) motorcycles originally sold, or ever registered, in Arizona, Arkansas, Delaware, District of Columbia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia, or “Zone B.”

Additionally, if not included in Zone A or Zone B above, Honda is recalling certain 2006-2008 Honda GL1800 (Goldwing) motorcycles originally sold, or ever registered, in the states of Alaska, Colorado, Connecticut, Idaho, Iowa, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, New Hampshire, New York, North Dakota, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Utah, Vermont, Washington, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

These vehicles are equipped with certain air bag inflators assembled as part of the air bag modules used as original equipment or replacement equipment. In the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the front air bags, these inflators may rupture due to propellant degradation occurring after long-term exposure to absolute humidity and temperature cycling.

Remedy: Honda will notify owners, and dealers will replace the air bag module, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin January 24, 2017. Owners may contact Honda Motorcycle Customer Support at 1-866-784-1870. Honda’s number for this recall is KE5.

Notes: Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

Source: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration



Polaris Industries Inc. Selects Zycus’ Source-to-Pay Solution Suite for Transforming Their Procurement Processes

19 01 2017

PRINCETON, NJ – January 19, 2017 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – Zycus, a leading procurement technology solutions provider across the Source-to-Pay cycle, announced today that Polaris Industries Inc. (NYSE: PII) is adopting its entire Source-to-Pay suite of procurement performance solutions, including Spend Analysis, e-Sourcing, Contract Management, Supplier Management, Project Management, Request Management and Procure-to-Pay.

Polaris designs, engineers and manufactures off-road vehicles (ORV), including all-terrain vehicles (ATV) and side-by-side vehicles for recreational and utility use, snowmobiles, motorcycles and global-adjacent-markets vehicles, together with the related parts, garments and accessories.

“As a global powersports leaders, our ability to understand the performance of and seamlessly engage with our suppliers is crucial,” said Denney Nguyen, Supply Chain Project Manager, Polaris. “One of the reasons we chose Zycus was their best-in-class supplier management capabilities.”

Polaris broadened the project’s scope from a Supplier Performance Management score card, to the Source-to-Pay suite, fully leveraging the value of an integrated procurement solution. They evaluated Zycus’ solutions through multiple rounds of demonstrations and in-depth market research.

“Having a single source of truth in place to help manage their supply chain will be of immense value to Polaris,” said Zycus founder and CEO Aatish Dedhia. “With Zycus, we are focused on staying ahead of procurement needs through the value of an integrated Source-to-Pay suite.”

About Zycus

Zycus is a leading global provider of end-to-end Source-to-Pay suite. Its comprehensive product portfolio includes applications for both the operational and the strategic aspects of procurement – eProcurement, eInvoicing, Spend Analysis, eSourcing, Contract Management, Supplier Management, Financial Savings Management, Request Management and Project Management. Its client base consist of some of the best-of-breed companies across verticals like Manufacturing, Automotive, Banking and Finance, Oil and Gas, Food Processing, Electronics, Telecommunications, Chemicals, Health and Pharmaceutical, Education and more.

To learn more about the Zycus solutions, address an e-mail to information@zycus.com or visit http://www.zycus.com/.


Zycus Inc.
Farheen Memon
Manager – Public Relations

Source: Zycus Inc.


Ace Cafe Orlando Announces Job Fair to Hire 175

18 01 2017

First Ace Cafe in the U.S. Scheduled to Open in
Downtown Orlando Spring 2017

ORLANDO, FL – January 18, 2017 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – Looking for a gig? Ace Cafe Orlando, the first outpost of the iconic London, England-based motor-diner, is bringing 175 new jobs to Central Florida and will host a job fair later this month. A beacon to English motorcyclists for decades, the Ace Cafe has become a global cultural phenomenon, and is about to bring that same love of speed and adrenaline to downtown Orlando in the form of Ace Cafe Orlando. Currently under construction inside three historic buildings on a three acre parcel located at the corner of West Livingston Street and Garland Avenue, Ace Cafe Orlando is on track for a scheduled opening this spring.

The Ace will host a job fair on Friday through Monday, January 27-30, 2017, between 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. at the Courtyard Orlando Downtown, at 730 N. Magnolia Ave., Orlando, FL 32803. Talented bartenders, baristas, servers, retail sales associates and other food service industry professionals with outgoing and creative personalities are invited to apply in person or send an email to jobs@acecafeusa.com. Visit acecafeusa.com or call 858.729.3400 for details.

The Ace offers competitive benefits and professional advancement opportunities for proven restaurant professionals that possess the ability to maintain its high standards of quality and guest satisfaction. The Ace offers health/dental/vision benefits and unmatched opportunities for growth in a friendly and exhilarating work environment.

More than a restaurant, Ace Cafe Orlando will connect great food and dining with a passion for motoring and rock ‘n roll, providing a totally unique guest experience found nowhere else in the world. The menu is an American roadside diner concept with made-from-scratch home style comfort food, with some British favorites like Bangers & Mash, Fish & Chips, and Chicken Curry, but with a twist that captures the authentic spirit and flavors of some of the best backroad joints and specialty fare, with a nod to locally-sourced and green options, all at an affordable price point. Ace Cafe Orlando also has a big backyard area for patio dining, making it a great place for an outdoor event and live music in the middle of the city.

“Our talented, diverse team and the quality of our service, combined with the unique ‘only at the Ace’ experience, will differentiate our venue from all others in Central Florida and beyond,” said Mark McKee, chief gear head of Ace Cafe North America. “From affable artisans to top-notch bartenders, we encourage the best in the business to apply, especially those who share our passion for motoring, music, great food and community.”

What is Ace Cafe?

In the late 50’s and early 60’s, the British motorcycle industry was at its peak, muscle cars started to make their presence known, and along came rock ‘n roll. Not played on radio stations, initially the only place rock ’n roll could be heard was on jukeboxes at cafes. From this powerful fusion of motorbikes, cars, and rock ’n roll came the legend of the Ace and a significance for motorcycle and car lovers all over the world.

The Ace is a shared identity and a vital point in a culture that, as the decades pass, continues to thrive and evolve. Ace Cafe celebrates the spirit, history and culture of motor-enthusiasts, where guests can have a great meal, meet friends, see some amazing motorcycles and cars, and leave feeling like they’ve just been part something bigger.

Ace Cafe’s iconic, stylish and distinctive emblem is instantly recognizable and has come to represent an authentic, simple, hardworking and straightforward speed-inspired culture.

About Ace Cafe North America / Ace Cafe Orlando

Ace Cafe is the most famous motor-diner on the planet. Ace Cafe North America holds the exclusive licensee rights in North America and South America for this world-famous brand. Born in London in 1938, the Ace celebrates the spirit, history and culture of motorcycling, cars and rock ‘n roll, and continues to influence almost everything that has a rebel attitude — generations of kids on motorbikes, cool cars, an entire genre and style of motorcycling, the thrill of speed, the beginning of rock ‘n roll, movies and television, Rockers, Mods, leather jackets and renegade fashion.

Ace Cafe Orlando is the first North American venue for Ace Cafe, and is a full-service restaurant and bar, a cafe, a live music and special event venue, a motor-inspired art gallery and a number of retail shops, covering three acres in downtown Orlando at the corner of West Livingston Street and Garland Avenue. Ace Cafe welcomes all who share the passion and traditions of motorcycles, cars and rock ‘n roll. For more information, visit www.acecafeusa.com, and connect on Facebook and Twitter @AceCafeUSA, Instagram @acecafeorlando_official

Source: Ace Cafe Orlando



Variety of Japanese Rarities Set to Cross Block at Mecum Las Vegas 2017

18 01 2017

More than 350 Motorcycles from The Land of The Rising Sun to be up for Auction in Las Vegas

WALWORTH, WI – January 18, 2017 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – An extraordinary offering of Japanese rarities is set to draw attention at the world’s largest vintage and antique motorcycle auction, the 26th annual Mecum Las Vegas Motorcycle Auction, slated for Jan. 25-28, 2017, at South Point Casino & Hotel in Las Vegas.


More than 350 motorcycles from the who’s-who of Japanese motorcycle manufacturers will cross the auction block when Mecum returns to Las Vegas at the end of this month. Among featured Japanese motorcycles up for auction are a trio of new-in-crate 2007 Honda CR250s (Lots S22, S23 and S24), the 1977 Suzuki MX factory racer that Gerrit Wolsink won the United States Grand Prix at Carlsbad with that year (Lot S182), and a 1976 Yamaha OW72 (Lot F173) raced by Kenny Roberts, one of about 30 OW72 Yamaha factory racing engines built.


Mecum Las Vegas 2017 will also feature what has been referred to as one of the finest collections of Japanese motorcycles in North America: the impressive 150-motorcycle assemblage from LeeRoy Mitzel including names such as Honda, Kawasaki and Suzuki. Featured consignments from Mitzel’s collection include a 1958 Honda Benly JC58 (Lot F172), a rarity as the model was never imported into the U.S. by Honda, and a 1955 Cabton RTS (Lot F174) believed to be the only of its kind in the U.S.


Bidder registration for Mecum Las Vegas 2017 is available online in advance for $100, $200 at the auction, and includes admission for two to each auction day. General admission tickets are available in advance online for $20 per person, per day, and for $30 at the door and online once the auction begins. Four-day passes are available for $60. Children younger than 12 receive complimentary admission.


Doors open daily at 8 a.m., with the auction beginning at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 25, and at 9 a.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Jan. 26-28. Portions of the event will be broadcast on NBC Sports Network from 4-10 p.m. PST on Tuesday, Jan. 31. A live stream of the entire auction will be presented at Mecum.com.

Mecum’s website is updated daily with the latest consignments, including detailed descriptions and photographs of the motorcycles. To view the list, consign a motorcycle or register as a bidder, visit Mecum Auctions’ website or call (262) 275-5050.

About Mecum Auctions

Nobody sells more than Mecum. Nobody. The Mecum Auction Company is the world leader of collector car, vintage and antique motorcycle, and Road Art® sales, hosting auctions throughout the United States. The company has been specializing in the sale of collector cars for 30 years, now offering more than 20,000 lots per year and averaging more than one auction each month. Established by President Dana Mecum in 1988, Mecum Auctions remains a family-run company headquartered in Walworth, Wisconsin. For further information, visit Mecum.com or call (262) 275-5050. Follow along with Mecum’s social media news and join us on Facebook,  Twitter, YouTube, Pinterest and Instagram.

About South Point Hotel, Casino & Spa

Featuring more than 2,100 guestrooms, South Point Hotel, Casino & Spa overlooks the famous Las Vegas Strip and the serenity of the surrounding mountainscape. Each oversized guest room features state-of-the-art LED televisions as well as WiFi with high-speed internet connections. Guests visiting South Point will experience affordable luxury through a casino offering top-of-the-line gaming technology, more than 60 table games and a separate race and sports book area, 11 restaurants, including the award-winning Michael’s Gourmet Room, the world-class Costa Del Sur Spa and Salon, a 400-seat showroom featuring headliner entertainment, a 700-seat Bingo room, a 16-screen Cinemark movie complex, a state-of-the-art 64-lane bowling center, a 52,000-square foot Conference Center and an 80,000-square foot Exhibit Hall. South Point Hotel is also home to the Tournament Bowling Plaza, a multi-million dollar professional bowling tournament facility. In addition, South Point has the finest equestrian event facility in the country. The more than 240,000 square feet of event space features three climate-controlled arenas, vet clinic, feed store, more than 1,200 climate-controlled stalls and plays host to some of the country’s most unique events. South Point Hotel, Casino & Spa is at 9777 Las Vegas Blvd. South, Las Vegas, NV 89183.

For more information or for room reservations, call (702) 796-7111 or visit the South Point Hotel, Casino & Spa website. Connect with South Point on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and foursquare.

Auction Schedule:

26th annual Mecum Las Vegas Motorcycle Auction
Jan. 25-28, 2017

South Point Casino and Exhibit Hall, 9777 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV  89183

Admission: $20 in advance online, and $30 at the door and online once auction starts—price is per person, per day. Four-day passes are available for $60. Children 12 and younger receive complimentary admission.

Preview: Gates open daily at 8 a.m.

Auction: Motorcycles start at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 25, and at 9 a.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Jan. 26-28.

TV Broadcast (NBCSN): Tuesday, Jan. 31, from 4-10 p.m.

(All times Pacific Standard Time)

Source: Mecum Auction, Inc.




Norton Announces Two Rider Factory TT Team for 2017

18 01 2017

DONINGTON PARK, UK – January 18, 2017 – (Motor Sports Newswire) –

  • 2015 British Superbike Champion Josh Brookes to make Norton TT debut
  • Aussie flyer David ‘Davo’ Johnson re-signs for Norton following stunning seventh place in last year’s Superbike TT
  • Both riders will compete on a race version of the recently launched V4 SS road bike in the Senior and Superbike TT races


Norton is set to field two all-star Aussie riders at the 2017 Isle of Man Senior and Superbike TT with its most exciting TT rider line-up yet after attracting the signatures of Aussie duo Josh Brookes and David Johnson to the factory team.  Both riders will compete on the all-new SG6, derived from the recently launched V4 SS road bike.

The SG6 is hand built at Norton’s Donington Hall factory and is currently undergoing a punishing development and testing schedule in the hands of two-times TT winner and Norton development rider, Steve Plater.

Brookes returns to the TT following a year racing in World Superbikes and is no stranger to the TT. He claimed fastest newcomer at the TT in 2013 finishing a best place of seventh in the 2014 Senior race with his fastest ever TT lap, a staggering 129.859mph, set in only his second year at the island.

After a two-year absence on the challenging 37.73-mile Mountain Course, Brookes is looking to build on his TT success on the new 230bhp Norton.

Speaking from his home in Australia, Brookes said: “Firstly I want to come back to the TT, after SMR said I couldn’t ride at the TT over the last two years I’ve been desperate to get back and race at the island.  I like the history of the Norton and it will be so great to be a little part of the Norton story. It’s just something that interests me, and I’m really excited by the project.  It’s always hard to predict results, especially around the island so I think it’s important that I let it come to me.  I’ve not been for two years, and I don’t know how much the Norton bike has improved, but I hear great things about the bike.”

He continued: “My first ever race at the TT was in the Superbike and I got a top ten, so let’s hope we are better than that at least, but realistically if we finish the races without a problem, and I’m in the 132mph club by the end of the fortnight then we’ll be celebrating.”

Fellow Australian Davo Johnson makes his return on a Norton which he took to become the fastest ever British motorcycle around the TT in 2016, claiming a seventh place in the Superbike TT and a best lap of 130.87mph. He said: “As a team we did such a great job last year, we all worked awesomely as a team and I really felt at home with Norton.  Without that sort of relationship with your team it’s almost impossible to get good results.  I knew the 2017 bike was going to be better again after what we learnt in 2016, so I wanted to stay and make the next step with Norton.”


He continued: “This year I know if everything goes smoothly with no problems we can battle for the podium, I’m ready to be up there and I feel the bike will be too.   But like I said, everything must be perfect as everyone is really flying these days.  We had a small bike problem in the Senior TT last year which caused my concentration malfunction (laughs…)!  But before that we were up dicing for a top 5 position and my ideal lap was 131.5mph, so I’m confident for good things this year.”

So what will make Davo feel like he and the team have done a good job and crack a well-earned beer open at the end of the senior?  He said: “The end of every senior is a strange time for every rider I think it changes with every year too as the results play a huge part.  If you had a shit race like I did last year in the senior, well I was pissed off a bit… But after the Superbike race last year where we had our best results, well that was an amazing feeling!  It was a tough race and everyone in the paddock was so pumped for us as a team.  We definitely shut a load of the haters up and yes, I wanted a beer after that!”

The new Norton SG6 is a race-developed version of the Norton V4 SS road bike which was launched in November last year at Motorcycle Live to overwhelming success.   All 200 of the V4 SS bikes have been sold and with features like a hand built billet aluminium frame, carbon fibre bodywork and an all new 1200cc, V4 motor its selling power speaks for itself.

Norton CEO Stuart Garner is understandably delighted at the announcement of two first-class riders five years after the historic brand made its TT return.  He said: “There are a couple of reasons why we wanted to sign Josh Brookes.  Firstly, he gives us the opportunity of a world class short circuit rider to move along the V4 road bike development, and secondly, with his TT rider experience and his achievement of being fastest newcomer in 2013, Josh is clearly capable of a 130mph-plus lap.  Given the requirements of the team at this stage of the project this makes him a perfect rider for Norton.”


Delighted that Davo has returned to continue his journey with Norton, Garner said: “To come in last year and move the development on and do all but a 131mph lap was a huge achievement and ground-breaking for the team.  There’s a huge amount of respect from everyone in the Norton team for everything he has achieved and Davo has more than earned his place back on the bike in 2017.”

The SG6 will feature the V4 Aprilia CRT motor with Norton’s own V4 engine being raced in 2018.  Heavily based on the TT racer geometry wise, the V4 SS road bike is almost identical to the SG6 TT bike in terms of frame stiffness, weight distribution and chassis.

Garner said: “With first deliveries of V4 SS bikes not expected until the second half of 2017 it’s too early in the engine’s development to race the new Norton V4 engine given the dangers and endurance involved in competitive racing at the TT.”

He added, “We’ve further strengthened the team with the addition of former Norton Factory rider Ian Mackman joining the team as a race engineer.  ‘Mackers’ rode for us in 2013 on the Norton SG1.”

Ian will join experienced Norton Race Manager Johnny Cusack in the team along with TT legend Mick Grant who will continue in his role as Senior Advisor adding his extensive TT experience to the factory squad.

Garner concluded, “They always say the island gives you lessons so you have to curb expectations in the knowledge that the TT can deliver some very hard lessons and cruel luck.  So, for 2017 we would of course like to build on our success of last year, but we don’t set ourselves any kind of hard targets other than making sure the bike and the team continue to move forwards!  Then we’re happy!”

Source: Norton Motorcycle Ltd

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