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Andy Downes  says:

Isle of Man TT: Norton qualifies for Senior

Norton has been officially notified it has qualified the Norton SG1 to race in the Senior TT - the most prestigious of the Isle of Man TT races after completing enough laps. The qualification is a huge boost for the resurgent British firm which suffered a torrid time at the TT in 2009 when the rotary-engined bike Michael Dunlop was riding...

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  • Posted 3 years ago (07 June 2012 12:43)

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Oct 10

Posts: 186

zoobaz says:

Pearsons nose and Darowyn

Well said fellas!.

Momo - it's not a gimmick, it's a bunch of guys from the UK who want to go racing. What's wrong with that? The TT gives them the platform for doing that without the multi million pound investment that WSB or MotoGP needs.

think about this - the Mercedes F1 car is totally manufactured in the UK - chassis, engine, everything - apart from specialist bought in parts such as the electronics, Penske dampers and brembo brakes. It's still touted as a Mercedes F1 car though! However, they've got a massive budget which will pay for the engine development costs which Norton simply haven't got - therefore they buy that part in. However they've certainly got the expertese to produce the chassis!  This is just the same - and  it's giving some good publicity and raising brand awareness for SGs companies (Norton and Spondon).  

I think it's fine - if I was in Stuart's position I'd be doing exactly the same thing! good luck to him and the team.



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Aug 02

Posts: 109

1100970 says:

Moaners up yours

Well done for being there and trying,  to be able to take part in the senior race is the best it gets for a small group of people who have built the bike from scratch.  

Hope you finish and learn about the bike for next year so you can break the 120 mph  lap time then, ignore the critics there to young to understand there nuts an`t dropped YET


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Jun 12

Posts: 1

Brock11 says:

Get a life!

anyone who wants to race the TT, especially the Senior deserves respect no matter how they get there, which bike they use or even if they finish last.

Great to see a firm having a go and giving a rider the chance to do what he loves. I don't care if the engine is a Kawasaki in a Honda frame with Yamaha body work, it's another bike on the grid, another group of guys having a go in the spirit of TT racing. Go Norton!

Hats off to all the racers and hope you all come back safe with great big grins!

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May 12

Posts: 987

cornbowl says:


They've cancelled TT until tomorrow, just looking on the web cams, and all looks dry there, so hope they've got the forecast right for tomorrow. Apparently Cal Crutchlow and Bradley Smith are doing a parade ride around, Cal better take Bradley as pillion, or Bradley's likely to get lost or fall off lol.  

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May 12

Posts: 26

records1990 says:


I find it sad that there are so many ill informed bikers out there, who rather than give support to our motorcycle industry would rather throw remarks that mean nothing but "ill informed" bikers knowing nothing about manufacturing.

So rather than make stupid remarks I'll just give Norton my support and wish them luck on there venture in the Senior TT, and hope they do well, even if it's just to shut up the "ill informed".

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Nov 07

Posts: 180

bird1050 says:


COME ON NORTON do us proud and finish. dont care where .

Norton Have a great tradition of racing and doing well and i hope that it continues with great effect.

to all you know fuck alls out there , Its a small british company employing a small british workforce in hard times.

Who cares what engine its got. Support a british company, And how many of you tossers ride bikes with an engine or other parts  NOT manufactured by the bike firm who so called  built it .

IE CCM, SUZUKI, YAMAHA, KAWASAKI and HONDA all have parts not made by them.




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Sep 11

Posts: 402

jollyboy says:


"Norton Have a great tradition of racing and doing well and i hope that it continues with great effect." Indeed Norton had a great tradition of racing, but this company is Norton in name only. There is no continuity from the Norton of old and this company. I'd still like to see them do well, but I just wish they'd used their own name rather than buying up a long defunct one.

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Jun 10

Posts: 4

rywarn says:


This is a factory Norton, it's built in the Norton Factory by Norton factory engineers at the behest of the Norton factory owner, see? ( happens to use an Aprilia engine, just like the RS250s used Suzuki engines.) It might not end up quicker than the fastest Aprilia but then why would SG want to race a standard Aprilia? He's seems to be getting enough stick from nonTT fans just for using one of their engines.

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Sep 11

Posts: 402

jollyboy says:


Sorry rywarn, but Benny is right (again!) under MotoGP rules this would be a Spondon under the "Motorcycle" column.

On MotoGP timesheets the motorcycle name is the chassis maker, full classification is Team/Chassis/Engine. So the only way Norton would get their name on the timesheets would be if they were the team's main sponsor.

Given that the senior has been cancelled it's all turned out to be the dampest of squibs hasn't it? Either they need to sell enough of them to qualify for Superbikes or they need to find a sponsor and go CRT racing. Otherwise in this (dull) world of production based racing they will qualify for hardly any high profile races.

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Mar 04

Posts: 204

v2kiwi says:

Get over yourself

BENNY. The bike was built by norton with assembled parts. I think they have done a great job to get where they are, The JPS Nortons were of the same ilk , with spondon frames and a wankle rotary. No doubt you,ll be watching VALANTINO on his FTR.  Oh thats right it,s a ducati built by someone else.  No doubt BENNY as you are an expert you will be fielding your own team next year in BSB or the TT, but my guess is you,ll still be on here slagging every one off who has put their money where their mouth is and had a go , Good luck to them. See you next year at the TT Ben i,ll be able to spot you, you,ll be the one with the pedals.

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