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Thundersprint: Reborn Norton wins first race!

By James Keen -


 14 May 2010 14:38

Norton’s new Commando 961SE won its first ever race last weekend at the 2010 Thundersprint in Northwich, Cheshire.

Ridden by race legend and Norton sales manager Chris Walker, the new parallel-twin lapped the 447 yard Thundersprint track in 21.87 seconds to finish at the top of the Motorcycling Personalities class, which included such stars as BBC MotoGP commentator Steve Parrish and 125 GP rider Danny Webb.

Walker said: “This really is a mega event. I’ve always heard stories about the size of the Thundersprint but you’d never believe it without seeing it. The atmosphere was great too with really good natured crowds and a huge interest in our new Norton 961. Winning on the Norton in its first ever race made for a perfect day. We’ll be back next year for sure.”   

Thousands of people turned out on Sunday to visit the trade stalls, grab a burger and enjoy 12 classes of Thundersprint racing featuring everything from a 1924 550 Shuttleworth Snap to MCN’s own 2010 Suzuki GSX-R600.

Thundersprint founder and organiser Frank Melling claims this year was the biggest event yet, with record crowds. He said: “We could not have asked for better. There was fabulous racing, but best of all, there was nothing but happy faces - and that’s the reason we run the Thundersprint.”

For info on next year’s event which takes place 7-8 May 2011, visit www.thundersprint.com.