R&D boss behind MV Agusta Superveloce 1000 and LXP Orioli joins Norton as chief technology officer

Norton chief technology officer Brian Gillen
Norton chief technology officer Brian Gillen

Norton Motorcycles have announced former R&D director at MV Agusta, Brian Gillen as their new chief technology officer.

Gillen worked at Italian exotica brand MV for more than 15 years and has been responsible for bikes including the latest LXP Orioli adventure bike, plus the incoming Superveloce 1000 retro superbike set to join the range later in 2024.

Announcing the change on Tuesday, 6 February, Brian’s role will include helping the Solihull brand develop their next generation of models – a task likely to include both combustion and electric projects, plus the added challenge of ensuring bikes meet homologation standards to sell to a wider audience.

MV Agusta Superveloce 1000 Serie Oro front

“Brian comes with very rich experience and expertise in engine and vehicle design, emerging technologies, and connectivity,” Norton CEO, Dr Robert Hentschel said.

“I am confident that his joining the team will further strengthen our commitment to technological innovation and engineering excellence, and this will soon reflect in the world class product range that we are developing.”

Gillen further added: “I am looking forward to work with the talented team of engineers and develop cutting-edge, premium motorcycles, with quality at the forefront of everything we do.”