Australian Cameron Donald will be Norton’s go-to guy when they return to the Isle of Man with a factory race team this summer, after signing a three-year deal.
Like Norton, Donald’s been a winner at the Isle of Man, but it’s been a while. He took the TT Newcomers Trophy in 2005, and garnered a second place in 2006’s Senior TT. He won a Superbike-Superstock double victory for Relentless in 2008, and looked like a favourite in 2009 when he set the first-ever 131 mph+ lap in practice. A crash derailed his chances that year, and he hasn’t won since, although he’s taken ten podiums, finishing second in Superbike behind Michael Dunlop last year.
This time around, Donald will race for Norton in the Superbike and Senior TT classes, starting from Number 19. Norton managed an 18th place in the Superbike race last year, with Ian Mackman (Daniel Hagerty also raced a Norton in 2013).