Norton signs TT star Cameron Donald

CAMERON DONALD TO RIDE FOR NORTON FACTORY TEAM AT 2014 ISLE OF MAN TT RACES

Norton Motorcycles can confirm that Cameron Donald will contest the 2014 Isle of Man TT Races, fuelled by Monster Energy, with the Australian ace lining up in the Dainese Superbike and PokerStars Senior TT Races for Norotn. Cameron will start both races from the number 19 position, made famous by the late Steve Hislop who took Norton’s last TT victory in the 1992 Senior Race.

Cameron, hailing from Warrandyte, near Melbourne, 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. 2008 saw him claim a Superbike-Superstock double victory and then setting the first ever 131mph+ lap in practice for the 2009 meeting.

He now has an impressive tally of ten podiums with his most recent coming in last year’s Superbike Race when he took second place behind Michael Dunlop. With a fastest lap of 130.729mph, Cameron is also the eighth fastest rider ever to have lapped the 37 and ¾-mile course and showed his versatility with second in the inaugural Okells Brewery 350cc Classic TT Race last August.

Over the winter, Norton have secured the services of both Mick Grant and Steve Plater to aid further development and progress and by signing a proven TT winner in Cameron Donald, in a three year deal, the Norton intentions for the 2014 TT have clearly been set. [pic shows Steve Plater at Cadwell 17th March 2014]

Cameron Donald commented:

When Norton began talking to me about their plans for TT 2014 I knew it was an opportunity I didn’t want to miss. 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.”

 

Stuart Garner, CEO, Norton Motorcycles commented:

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

 

Testing New Technology

Norton can today announce a partnership with Zircotec. Their unique 99% pure Zirconia Ceramic coating reduces exhaust temperatures by 33% and is suitable for applications up to 1400 degrees C, the ceramic coating is plasma sprayed on to the exhaust at a temperature of 10,000 degrees C. It will reduce fuel usage and increase the thermal efficiency of the engine, as well as significantly lowering water temperatures. Other benefits include reduced heat around the rear shock unit which in turn will give greater consistency and less thermal degradation to viscosity of the fluid within the shock reservoir which can lead to softening of the shock action throughout the race, issues like this are highlighted at races such as the long and enduring TT Senior race which is held over approx 240 miles. Technology like this, once proven will slowly migrate to road bikes and could lead to many different improvements for road use. 

Norton Belgium

Norton returns to Belgium to exhibit the Commando 961 range at the Brussels motorcycle show. Our exclusive Norton dealers headed up by Mike Van Ouytsel and Baert Romain said “the press attention and enthusiasm was overwhelming. it was fantastic to have the Norton bikes here to showcase at the biggest motorcycle show in Belgium.”

Mike and the Belgium team are regular visitors to the Norton factory, learning service and workshop procedures over the last few years. We wish them well going forwards and are sure their passion and love for motorcycling will bring them great success with Norton.