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Norton in TT return with Mackman and Hegarty
12 December 2012
Norton will return to the Isle of Man TT next year with an all-British line-up.
Ian Mackman and Dan Hegarty will compete for the iconic marque at the legendary road race on the SG1 machine.
Mackman and Norton teamed up for the TT this year, but were left disappointed when the Senior race was cancelled due to the weather.
The Runcorn man was the Privateer Champion at the TT in 2011 and became the first rider in 20 years to qualify for a TT race in June on the V4 machine.
New signing Hegarty made his TT debut in 2010 and the 25-year-old has lapped the Mountain course at 121.73mph.
Nottingham rider Hegarty, who claimed his best result at the TT last year with 20th in the Supersport class, said: “It's great to get a factory ride and have the opportunity to be in at the beginning of the development programme for Norton.
“I also look forward to working alongside 'Mackers' who I have raced alongside before and have a great relationship with.”
Norton CEO, Stuart Garner, added: “We wholly support the organisers and all those involved in making the TT the special event that it is.
“Norton's continued investment in developing bikes and its team shows their total confidence in the most prestigious and inspirational motorcycle racing in the world.
“We have followed Dan's progress at the TT and have been very impressed with his ability and commitment to the sport,” he added.
“Along with these qualities he also brings a very competitive edge to the team, which makes him a great rider to work with.
“This gives the Norton team a very exciting future for our road racing plans.”
Paul Phillips, TT and Motorsport Development Manager, said the team's desire to be successful at the TT 'epitomises the spirit of racing'.
“We are delighted that Norton is again competing at the TT in 2013,” said Phillips.
“They've shown their commitment to the event with a strong two-man team as they continue their racing development in a bid to get back to being a competitive force on the Mountain Course.
“The team's energy, excitement and sheer determination to be successful at the TT epitomises the spirit of racing.”