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Norton announces TT return

"The TT stood out as the very obvious choice for Norton. The hard edge style is a very genuine and a passionate way to go racing and appeals to Norton far more than the energy drink and lycra clad world of homologated road bike racing" - Stuart Garner, Norton.
Iconic British manufacturer Norton has confirmed that it will be returning to the Isle of Man TT races in 2012.

The legendary name will once more grace the Mountain Circuit with an all-new 1000cc V4 machine, ridden by reigning TT Privateer's champion Ian Mackman, in the PokerStars Senior TT.

The bike features a Spondon chassis with Ohlins suspension front and back, Brembo brakes and an Aprilia RSV4 engine.

It has been built solely within the factory at Donington Park, with many of the parts - from wheel spindles through to throttle bodies - built at the CNC machine facility in the Norton factory.

All the styling and bodywork has also been completed at the factory and the team will operate with their traditional polished aluminium tank.

“It is a huge honour to be riding a Norton at the Isle of Man TT Races, following such iconic names in competing on the Mountain Course," said Mackman. "It will be an incredible experience and I'm confident that we can do justice to this legendary company."

The Midlands-based outfit originally made a low-key comeback to the TT in 2009, just months after Stuart Garner of Norton Racing acquired the rights to the brand. Although the team secured Michael Dunlop to ride their NRV588 they didn't qualify for the Senior Race.

However, it's widely anticipated that the new V4 bike will be more suitable to the rigours of the Mountain Course and give the team a great chance of having a British rider contest the Blue Riband Senior race on a Norton for the first time since 1992.

That race, 20 years ago, voted the greatest of all time in a recent fan survey, will be remembered for Steve Hislop giving Norton a fairytale win after a titanic battle with Carl Fogarty with the outright lap record being broken by both riders. It gave Norton their first TT win since 1961 and their 43rd in total.

Garner has conceded that victory is unlikely this year but believes the team will arrive on the Isle of Man with a more competitive machine:

“After our experience in 2009 I vowed that we would only return to the Isle of Man when we were ready,” he said. “This is a long-term project and I am confident that we can have a strong first year and add to Norton's history around the Mountain Course as well as building a strong team to take the brand back to its rightful place at the front of the field. Everyone in the factory is committed to achieving a competitive bike.




Related Pictures

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Norton returns to the Isle of Man TT with leading privateer Ian Mackman
James Hillier in the Senior race at the Isle of Man TT
Guy Martin in the Senior TT
John McGuinness on the Honda Fireblade in the Senior race at the Isle of Man TT
Senior TT race winner Michael Dunlop
Dean Harrison on his way to victory in the Lightweight TT
Michael Dunlop on the BMW Motorrad S1000RR in the Senior TT
Michael Dunlop, Conor Cummins and Guy Martin on the Senior TT podium
Dean Harrison on the Mar-Train Racing Yamaha in the Supersport TT
William Dunlop on the Tyco Suzuki Supersport machine at the Isle of Man TT
John McGuinness on the Valvoline Padgetts Honda in the Superstock race at the Isle of Man TT
Michael Dunlop lines up at the start of the second Supersport TT race
John McGuinness on the Mugen Shiden in the TT Zero race
Bruce Anstey and Michael Dunlop shake hands at the Isle of Man TT after the second Supersport race
Michael Dunlop on his MD Racing Honda in the Supersport TT
John McGuinness on the Mugen machine at the Isle of Man TT
Karl Harris at the Isle of Man TT
Karl Harris at the Isle of Man TT

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wadcutter - Unregistered

April 18, 2012 1:45 PM

MMM I don't get it?? A new Norton?.. with a Spondon frame and a Aprilia engine. A Norton made tank and wheel spindles thats it?? Can the older lot help me are Spondon an old sparring buddy of Norton?? I know the rotary had a Spondon frame but it did have a Norton engine at least. Back in the day were the Manx Nortons Spondon framed?? I guess I need to do some reading up,but i could of made that if I had the money and Spondons phone number. I know I'm going to get an ear bashing but its like Honda making a new bike with a Kawasaki frame and a Suzuki engine.



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