Cameron Donald will spearhead Norton's Isle of Man TT challenge this year after the Australian racer signed a three-year deal with the British team.

Donald had been considering taking a year out from road racing in 2014 but admitted the chance to ride for the famous marque was too good to turn down.

The 36-year-old, who rode for Northern Ireland outfit Wilson Craig Racing for the past three seasons, will compete on the Norton SG3 machine in the Dainese Superbike and Pokerstars Senior races on the Mountain Course.

Donald will ride with the number 19 plate made famous by Scotsman Steve Hislop, who claimed Norton's last TT victory in the epic 1992 Senior race when he defeated Carl Fogarty.

"When Norton began talking to me about their plans for TT 2014 I knew it was an opportunity I didn't want to miss," Donald said.

"With the enthusiasm and experience of the Norton team behind me and ex-TT winners such as Mick Grant and Steve Plater now involved, this is sure to be an exciting year.

"Norton is synonymous with the Isle of Man TT and I can't wait to ride the new SG3 round the Mountain Course and add to their Isle of Man history."

Steve Plater has been testing the SG3 to aid development of the machine and Norton CEO, Stuart Garner, is thrilled to have secured the services of former TT winner Donald, who won the Superbike and Superstock races in 2008.

"Cameron is a really great rider to have on board, not only as a racer but also as a brand ambassador for Norton," said Garner.

"His support, feedback and endorsement will all be really important to us both as a company and a race team as we look to and we are all relishing the challenge of developing a strong bike and team around him for the long-term.

"We will also be working with Cameron within our road bike business, primarily to help develop our Australasian markets where Norton, Cameron and the TT all have a great following."

Hailing from Warrandyte, near Melbourne, Donald won the TT Newcomers Trophy in 2005 and set the paddock alight a year later when he took a stunning second place in the Senior TT.

He set the first ever lap in excess of 131mph during practice for the 2009 meeting although a spill a day later ruled him out of the event.

Although he has yet to win another race, Donald now has an impressive tally of ten podiums to his credit and finished second in last year's Superbike race to Michael Dunlop.

The Aussie is the eighth fastest ever rider to lap the TT course with a speed of 130.729mph.

Norton ran Ian Mackman and Daniel Hegarty at the TT last year, who lapped at 122.277mph and 122.290mph respectively, with Mackman claiming 18th place in the Superbike race.



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