Norton Motorcycles (UK) Ltd would like to welcome Geoff Bye and Paul Nicholson to the team. They both bring their own unique skills and strengths to benefit our ever expanding team here at Donington Park.
Geoff has over 30 years engine design and development experience ranging from OEM’s to niche motorsport companies. Geoff will be taking responsibility for Norton’s engine and powertrain projects.
Paul brings over six years experience from the design industry to produce highly effective branded materials to push the Norton brand. Paul’s major project will be to use his creative flair and striking design skills to transform Norton’s current website into a fresh and user friendly site – watch this space!
As the business rapidly expands, we are looking to recruit. If you are interested in being a part of our exciting team then we want to hear from you. Visit our jobs page for further information.
It was a painful days racing for Glen English on the Works-Norton 30M at Castle Coombe this weekend. Glen was struggling to walk let alone ride because of some very painful knee injuries he had picked up at Cadwell the week before, where he had found that Harley Davidson XR1200 Trophy bikes don’t handle like ‘featherbed’ Nortons.
In spite having to be lowered onto the bike, he still notched up a couple of very respectable 5th places, but it was obvious to all that he was not his usual self. He found the first race especially frustrating – a red flag after only two laps caused a lengthy wait on the grid – not nice if you can’t straighten your legs!
The Bonhams British Historic GP Championship now moves to its final round at the picturesque Oulton Park, on 8th-10th October scene of a couple of epic wins for the team earlier in the season. The five week gap should allow Glen to fully recover so that the team should end the season on a high note.
Coming into today there were high hopes for the New Commando, the record in it’s class (1000 PPP) was set in 2009 by Cory, E. at 126.398 on a Buell. The were some ominous signs the night prior as the Commando sat on the salt.
After the rider meeting and scrutineering, Alan Cathcart took the Bike out on it first competitive run in the U.S. in many a year. The first run was clocked at 124.952 with a 10 mph wind coming from the SE, an encouraging start. Sir Alan being slightly more familiar with the bike and getting his feet wet again after a year way from the Salt clocked a second run for a record breaking pass of 129.003. At Bonneville two passes are required , one in each direction and the average of the two passes is then the number of record.
At 14:34 local time with a 7 mph wind coming from the ESE, the Commando thundered down the International long course and flew through the traps at 129.380 for an average speed of 129.191, effectively breaking the record and putting Norton in the record books yet once again, adding to a long illustrious racing heritage.
When asked for his thoughts on the day, Sir Alan replied “It’s Nice to Put Norton back in the record books for the first time in so many years, the fact that we did it with a box stock bike exactly as delivered to any Norton customer makes it all the sweeter”
Tomorrow we get back to work an another record in the PPG class.
It may have been six wins in the first six races for the Works-Norton Team in the Bonhams British Historic GP Championship, but Silverstone’s long straights provided a new challenge this weekend.
The sun shone down on some on some spectacular racing. The team’s rider Glen English was in the thick of it throughout, dicing sometime four abreast, providing the spectators with some awesome action over the course of the weekend.
Four solid point scoring rides, including a second place, leaves Glen maintaining a healthy lead in the points table. The team also learnt a great deal about optimising the set up at longer circuits.
It’s back to the twisty Cadwell Park circuit in two weeks time, where the tremendous mid range punch of the Works engine should again come into its own. The team are looking forward to a return to dominance.