NORTON'S prototype TT racer – now named “SG1” and sponsored by Santander – completed its first lap of the Isle of Man TT course in last night's practice with an average speed of 112.36mph.
While that's still nearly 20mph lower than the outright record for the circuit, rider Ian Mackman was impressed with the Spondon-framed, Aprilia-engined machine, saying: “The bike is surprisingly good. There are plenty of things to change but I've an idea on which way we need to go with it and will try this for tomorrow night. I reckon the exhaust is loud enough to be heard on the British mainland, too!”
The lap marked the first run of a works Norton in anger at the TT for 20 years. In the same session, John McGuinness topped the times with a 129.411mph run.