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.”