Mick Grant joins the Norton Factory Race Team

Norton Motorcycles today announces that Mick Grant, seven-time Isle of Man TT winner has joined the Norton Factory Racing team, some 40 years after he last rode for the Norton Factory.

The softly spoken, down to earth Yorkshireman will take the team forward in this year’s TT when they return with the much developed SG2 Factory bike, to take part in this iconic road race.

Mick will have responsibility towards bike development, rider management and importantly will be sharing his vast TT and racing experience with the highly capable team of young engineers within the Norton Factory Race Team.

In a racing career spanning almost 20 years, Mick won seven Isle of Man TT races and was the rider who finally broke Mike Hailwoods’s enduring lap record in 1975.  He won grands prix in Holland and Sweden as well as the Ise of Man and during the mid-1970’s was Barry Sheene’s principal opponent.

Mick says “ I am so excited to have the opportunity to work with a brand of huge racing heritage. To work with a team that has so much passion and enthusiasm is great, this is the key to a successful team.”

Stuart Garner, Norton CEO says “To be able to get such experienced talent like Mick is a real coup for Norton, we are determined to win TT’s here at Norton and we see Mick’s role as a vital step in ensuring our team has the depth of experience to take on the current experienced teams. In particular our engineering team will greatly benefit from Mick’s knowledge. We have built a factory race bike from scratch and are now developing it continually, Mike will enable us to move forward with both bike development and rider management”

Picture shows Simon Skinner, Head of Design with Mick Grant and Stuart Garner.

A Royal visit

HRH the Duke of Cambridge dropped in to see Norton at the UK Motorcycle show. Prince William is a bike enthusiast and showed great interest in the British built Norton range. He even tried out the Norton SG2 factory TT bike. Norton are proud and prvilidged to have had Prince William spend some time with us and show his interest in the company and our bikes.   

Norton/OSET Delight

Norton HQ hosted an OSET Fun Day on Saturday 16th November when over 50 children demonstrated that their enthusiasm and passion for motorbikes is as strong as ever.

A factory tour took visitors through the early days of Norton right up to the present day with a range of fascinating bikes on display. Visitors enjoyed a real insight into how these British built bikes are made – a true ‘behind the scenes’ experience. A lucky few also got to sit on some of the bikes on display.

OSET Delight

Around three quarters of the kids had never ridden a trials event before, so the practice event proved the perfect introduction. Following a short demonstration, riders were given their own score cards a la mini-golf style, to take with them through the woodland course to get an understanding of how a real trial is marked.

Dad, Richard Douglas, said: “A fantastic day was had by all and the kids really enjoyed the sections and the tour, hospitality was at its finest from both Norton & OSET; a massive thanks from me. We are all really looking forward to attending the next official trial.”

This sentiment was echoed by Ian Mackman, who added: “My lad hasn’t stopped talking about his first trial and keeps asking how long until the next one!”

Stuart Garner, owner of Norton, finished: “It was great to see so many kids having fun on bikes. It highlights that the future of motorcycling is a bright one!”

Norton into the USA

Today we are very pleased to announce we have shipped the first batch of Norton Commando 961 bikes to the USA. A huge and historic step for Norton as the USA is a large and important market for Norton. The shipment is the first delivery of new Norton bikes for some 30+ years.. Norton Motorcycles USA CEO Dan Van Epps has assembled many of the best US dealers to represent Norton, the US dealer contact details are available on our website at www.nortonmotorcycles.com any other enquiries regarding the US should be addressed to infousa@nortonmotorcycles.com