Round 3 of the Championship saw the team return to the scene of their fairy tale debut of last year, where they won both races on the maiden outing of the all new Works-Norton.Coming back this year with an even faster package meant expectations were high.The full GP circuit is always popular with the riders and spectators alike, and the weather was also playing its part with perfect blue skies and a light breeze.
A good qualifying session saw rider Glen ‘Glenda’ English safely on the front row and comfortably the fastest of the teams running the original size 19” Avon tyres.Race 1 was a cracker with 4 riders – English, Tomes, Fitchett and Notton all in contention.As they ducked under the chequered flag there was nothing in it, even the commentators could not pick a winner, but the transponder timing system gave the win to Tomes by 0.006s!Race 2 was a carbon copy but this time English got the Works-Norton in front by 0.008s!
Sunday’s racing was not quite so close, but Glen picked up two very solid second places and because the Championship’s unique handicap system awards points for original features like 19” rims and magneto ignitions (as opposed to modern alternatives), his points advantage continues to grow.
Round 3 is at Mallory Park on 8/9th June.
Norton motorcycles is proud to be associated with the Blesma charity (British Limbless Ex-Service Men’s Association) which helps to provide support and assistance to service men and women wounded in the service of our country.
Over the course of the last year, Norton Motorcycles (UK) Ltd has been working with Pro-Shift to adapt the functionality of one of our Commando motorcycles for Blesma member Robert Maxwell.
Robert Maxwell suffered a traumatic right arm amputation above the elbow and had massive trauma to his right leg.Whilst being rehabilitated Robert becameaware of the charity and soon became a member. Now out of service he continues to promote fellow amputee ex-service personnel to be aware of what is available and to encourage active participation in motorcycling.
The Commando motorcycle has been adapted to allow control of the throttle, clutch and brake from the left handlebar via a series of press controls and specially modified levers.
After a number of satisfactory test rides, Robert was pleased to take delivery of his new Norton yesterday.
Having made the journey back to Ireland overnight Robert called this morning and said in his own words “just wanted to say the wee, bike never missed a beat, so its been photographed every time I stopped sumplace. But I just wanted to express how well Stuart, you and the entire staff have embraced this idea from the start.”
Nortons Special Edition Cafe Racer motorcycle, known as the Panther, features in June’s edition of Bike magazine in a fascinating article which pits Nortons modern machine and road race specialist, Michael Dunlop, against the 1950′s Norton Manx ridden by former GP champion, Geoff Duke in a race for the ages.
The article reunites two great friends as the Norton returns to the Isle of Man, an event where Norton have achieved a great deal of success over the years.
Michael Dunlop with his race experience decided to ride the course without making any modifications to the bike. Can Michael beat Geoff’s time? Check it out in Bike magazines June edition.
Norton continue to assess their Australian market but as yet haven’t taken a decision on their Australian Dealer/Distributor network.
Stuart Garner, CEO says Australia is such an important market for Norton and we need to take our time to ensure we choose the right long term partner.