Norton is returning to the Isle of Man once again in 2015, and Cameron Donald will once again be their star rider.
Norton made headlines when they raced last year at the IOMTT, even though the bike didn’t remotely resemble the Commando roadsters they manufacture. (You can ride along with him aboard that machine here, if you want). They didn’t have the results they hoped for, but, give them credit – they’re back for 2015.
“It’s a huge ask to build a bike from scratch to compete against the world’s best road racers, the world’s best bikes at the world’s toughest race,” said Norton CEO Stuart Garner. “To do this we need world-class talent and in Cameron we have this.”
“Norton have pushed hard within the factory over winter, their engineering department have made many changes to SG3,” said Donald, adding he hoped input from past winners like Mich Grant and Steve Plater would help the 2015 bike be more competitive.
Donald will pilot the Norton in the Superbike and Senior TT races, but also plans to race in other classes, with Norton’s permission; that news will be announced soon.
Donald, an Australian, won the TT Newcomers Trophy in 2005 and took second place in the 2006 Senior TT. He had a Superbike-Superstock double victory in 2008 and set the first-ever 131mph+ lap in practice in 2009.