Norton lands a top 10 double
Just a few years ago, people would have laughed if you’d told them Norton’s latest TT bikes would finish in the top 10. Finishing a six-lap race was almost impossible for the Norton squad as they attempted to develop their V4, but this year history was made with not one but two SG6 V4-RRS crossing the line in Sunday’s Superbike race to take two top 10 finishes.
And while Aussie David Johnson might not have lapped as fast as he did last year, the gap to the winner was much less – proving the progress made by the squad.
He told MCN: “I could have gone better. I was far too nervous at the start; we didn’t have many laps in practice, I felt so under-prepared. I didn’t feel like I should be starting at number one, I went to bed s****ing myself.”
While the race was much more testing for fellow Aussie Josh Brookes, who felt his seup was wrong, he still claimed an impressive eighth.
Team boss Stuart Garner was thrilled. He said: “We’re the only team to have two riders in the top ten so that’s mega! It shows how far we’ve come. I don’t think people believed us when we said we’d push towards the front and that’s exactly what we’re doing.”