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

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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.”

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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.”

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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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Norton confirm riders for TT 2016

9 12 2015

DONINGTON PARK, UK – December 9, 2015 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – Norton confirm all Australian line-up for TT2016 campaign

Norton has confirmed an exciting all-Australian line up for their 2016 Isle of Man TT Races fuelled by Monster Energy campaign. The Castle Donington based marque has signed Adelaide rider David Johnson alongside Melbourne’s Cameron Donald, who has raced for the team since 2014. The pair will compete in the RST Superbike and PokerStars Senior TT on the SG5 Norton. Glenn Richards has been brought in as development rider with Mick Grant continuing as team advisor.

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Cameron made his TT debut in 2005, finishing as the fastest newcomer, which he followed up in 2006 with a sensational runner up position in the Senior TT. His most successful year on the Mountain Course, 2008, saw his only victories to date, winning the Superbike and Superstock races. He has already achieved Norton’s fastest ever lap of the Mountain Course and last year finished in the top twenty in the Superbike class.

Fellow countryman Johnson, who made his TT debut in 2010 winning the Newcomers Trophy, is one of road racing’s rising stars. He has a highest placed 4th from the 2014 RL360 Superstock Race and finished in the top ten last years in both the Superbike and Senior TT as well as the Superstock and Supersport 2 Races. He has a fastest lap of 131.595 mph, which he set in 2015, which puts him the 9th fastest rider in history.

Johnson is one of a new breed of riders equally at home on the roads or circuits, ending the long established myth that to be successful that you have to specialise. His short circuit career has seen him be a regular front-runner and podium finisher in the British Superstock Championship.

Cameron Donald said:
“We’ve now done a huge amount of development work at the Isle of Man and having that continuity will really help us to make more progress at next year’s TT. It will be good to have two bikes out and I’m sure Dave and I will be comparing notes every session to help each other.”

David Johnson said:
“It’s going to be an incredible experience at next year’s TT. Riding a Norton around the Isle of Man Mountain Course, and with Cameron Donald as my teammate is a massive honour. I’m really stoked and will give it my best shot.”

Stuart Garner, CEO Norton Motorcycles, commented:
“We’ve made incredible progress since taking Norton back to the TT and it’s testament to the hard work that’s gone in by everyone at the factory as well as the feedback that we’ve had from Cameron. This was always going to be a long term project and we’re definitely on the next stage of our evolution, running a two man team with Glenn Richards testing and Mick Grant advising will give us the best opportunity to move things forward even more at next year’s TT.

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Norton: James Bond – Spectre

1 12 2015

DONINGTON PARK, UK – December 1, 2015 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – Finally we can confirm the Norton Dominator SS is in the new James Bond film Spectre. Thank you for all the kind comments from the sharp eyed bond fans!

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Norton: Mick Grant Replica

1 12 2015

DONINGTON PARK, UK – December 1, 2015 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – We are proud to reveal a stunning replica of Mick’s famous #7 JPS Norton. Only 7 bikes are being hand built for global release today. For all enquiries please contact karen.fearon@nortonmotorcycles.com we are working on a strict first come first served basis as this exclusive run of bikes are sure to become very sought after.

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All owners will get to meet Mick at the Norton factory as they collect their handbuilt bike which comes with a signed certificate and a picture opportunity with Mick and their bike. Norton have worked with Mick within the TT race department in the last few years and wanted to do the bike as a thank you and to pay homage to what was and still is a fabulous career within Motorcycle racing. Well done and a HUGE thank you from ALL at Norton to Mick Grant.

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Norton Flat Track

1 12 2015

DONINGTON PARK, UK – December 1, 2015 – (Motor Sports Newswire ) – Norton are pleased to announce and reveal the first picture of the Norton 961 Flat Track MM bike produced in collaboration with 72 Motorcycles the specialist bike build team from Brighton in the UK. The bike can be seen at the UK’s Motorcycle Live bike show at the NEC.

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UK Chancellor George Osborne kick starts Norton’s bid for global growth.

29 07 2015

DONINGTON PARK, UK  – July 29, 2015 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne today visited world-famous Norton Motorcycles Ltd to announce £7.5m project which includes £4 million of government funding which will support 600 new jobs, including 200 new apprenticeships in a major boost to British motorcycle manufacturing.

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The iconic British brand has been awarded £4 million from the Government’s landmark Advanced Manufacturing Supply Chain Initiative (AMSCI). The funds will allow Norton and its 11 supply chain partners, to:

  • Set up a new British Motorcycle Manufacturing Academy (BMMA) to train and supply the next generation of engineering apprentices to Norton Motorcycles and other supply chain partners;
  • Build a new 10,000 sq. feet manufacturing facility; and
  • Develop a new clean motorcycle engine technology in the UK which will power a new green motorcycle within 2 years.

The AMSCI funding will result in 159 direct jobs at Norton Motorcycles, which the firm expects will grow into 600 direct and indirect jobs – including 200 apprentices – over 5 years.

This investment will secure the long term future of UK motorcycle manufacturing within Norton and its supply chain partners, re-shoring skills lost to UK manufacturing and helping them meet increasing global demand.

Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne said:

“We want to make the Midlands an engine for growth by supporting the core strengths of the local economy like engineering and manufacturing.

“Our long term economic plan is all about backing successful British brands like Norton. Their decision to create 600 new jobs and investment in the next generation of manufacturing engineers is great news for the people of the East Midlands and a vote of confidence in the UK.”

As part of the visit the Chancellor toured the factory where the hand-made motorcycles are assembled and met with engineers and apprentices working on engine parts.

Norton Motorcycle Chief Executive, Stuart Garner said:

“Norton is an iconic British brand revered around the world. We’ve worked steadfastly in the last six years to bring Norton back with an authentic British built motorcycle. Training and skills are key to our industry. Putting down a dedicated Academy for the British motorcycle industry finally gives us a sustainable future.

“To see solid government support for the manufacturing industry like this is hugely heart-warming and gives us great confidence in bringing the industry back to the UK, creating jobs, learning forgotten skills and enabling exports around the world – all in the full knowledge that we have great support and a solid base back home.”

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Norton Bike Nights

25 06 2015

DONINGTON PARK, UK – June 25, 2015 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – Norton factory are pleased to announce their bike nights at Donington Hall. All welcome, any bike, but nice to see you guys bring the British stuff out if you’ve got it! Simply a good place to meet and destination for your rideout, or maybe meet here and have a great ride out on the glorious lanes around the factory, you choose. We’ll be serving drinks with a BBQ. 6pm-8pm. We will have SG4 on show and some other lovely Norton factory bikes, sure to be fun and some good banter! Hope to see you all here.

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Next one will be on Thursday 25th June and will be every other Thursday throughout the summer.

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