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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Norton sign Cam Donald for 2015 TT

9 02 2015

DONINGTON PARK, UK – February 9, 2015 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – Norton Motorcycles confirms it has once again signed Cam Donald for the 2015 TT races, Cam will be riding the Norton factory SG3 bike in the Superbike and Senior races.

The Norton team have also renewed the services of mulitple TT winners Mick Grant and Steve Plater.

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