Norton win Isle of Man TT award

Fans might be dubious over Norton's new bike but organisers give them thumbs up

Posted: 11 June 2012
by Visordown News

Norton ... won TT award

NORTON have won the 2012 ‘Motul Team award for Technical Excellence’ at the Isle of Man TT Races.

Norton were due to appear in the Senior TT with Ian Mackman riding their machine, almost twenty years to the day since Steve Hislop rode a Norton to victory but the Senior TT was cancelled, so the Norton never actually raced.

Commenting on the award Stuart Garner, Managing Director of Norton said:

“It is great to win this award as it really has been a team effort. Everyone who has worked on this also works at the factory and they have done a huge amount of development work in their free time. We’ve also been very fortunate with our suppliers and main sponsor Santander. We are already planning for next year and our long term aim is to be podium contenders.”

Garner continued: "The TT organisation has been hugely supportive and instrumental in getting a prototype back into the class by being flexible over homologation. I think it is hugely important to get a wide mix of machinery and the organisers deserve great credit.”

Paul Phillips, TT and Motorsport Development Manager, Isle of Man Government, commented: “This is a thoroughly deserved award and recognises the huge achievement that Norton has pulled off in building a bike in their British factory and qualifying the machine for the Senior TT. It is fantastic to have such a great name lining up on the grid and we look forward to them adding to their great TT record.”

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I reckon they should speak to Silverstone and see if they could get an entry as a Wildcard ride in this weekend's Motogp race or maybe just a few sighting laps.

Posted: 11/06/2012 at 12:55

Build a "Norton" bike of which the biggest Norton part is the tank sticker.
Get 180mph+ from a donor engine which is standard trim, out of the box, running on pump gas gets... MORE than 180mph+
Don't even run it in a race.
Win the award for technical excellence.

Perhaps an Oscar would be more appropriate.

Posted: 11/06/2012 at 14:03

Motoczyst comes to the Island with an innovative (if slightly ungainly?) aero package for their already technically inventive motorcycle. The Mugen bike turns up with a full monocoque carbon fibre perimeter chassis and swingarm. Norton slings an Aprillia engine in a modified version of their old Spondon rotary racer frame and wins the technical excellence award...???!!!

Posted: 11/06/2012 at 14:46

MKJ sums up well.
Norton did what a privateer would have done,in fact what they always used to do and still do.
The electric bikes are perhaps the future,we should be exploiting that.

Posted: 11/06/2012 at 14:53

Yeah, I'll go with MKJ's sum up too. Still has to be said, stood at the bottom of Sulby straight when that "Norton" came through it made the best rumble of the week....

Posted: 11/06/2012 at 15:36

Nice looking bike but MKJ is pretty much spot on. Shouldn't be winning awards for technical excellence. Maybe if there was one for the best paint job?

Posted: 11/06/2012 at 19:46

Congratulations to Aprilia on winning the award, what a beautiful engine, technical excellence par excellance, now if only Aprilia could make a decent frame they'd have a potentially great road going superbike and then perhaps they could enter it in WSB and perhaps such a Superbike might be capable of winning the occasional race - oh wait a minute!!!!

Posted: 11/06/2012 at 20:22

Keeping the great name of NORTON alive is enough for me.

Posted: 12/06/2012 at 01:37

Perhaps Norton should consider manufacturing 'production' bikes and get them into the hands of those who put down deposits on them three years ago, rather than spending time and money on a 'thingamajig', whatever they want to call it, it's certainly not a Norton.

Like the man said, "That's a helluva way to run a railroad.. "

Posted: 12/06/2012 at 03:04

I hate to be negative about Stuart Garner and his team's effort but I find myself agreeing with the comments already made; they did not deserve the award above more innovative teams like Motoczyst. Forget all the misty-eyed nostalgia over the Norton name for a minute and consider whether they would have got an entry into the Senior TT if they were called Joe Bloggs Racing. I think not.

Furthermore, was Mr Garner suggesting that the TT organisers had bent the rules to let Norton enter? What does "flexible over homologation" mean?

Posted: 12/06/2012 at 11:31

I agree with hog tied. I ordered and then waited. After threats I got my Commando. At less that 1000 miles I sold it. Pile of shite. Looks great but ...

Posted: 12/06/2012 at 16:01

MKJ - spot on.
I love to see Norton at the TT but awarding them with the prize for technical excellence - come on.

Posted: 12/06/2012 at 21:11

I just posted an interview with Stuart Garner (Norton CEO) responding to the recent allegations.  I know its against rules but here's the link anyway-

Posted: 27/08/2012 at 21:40

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