Nor­ton lands a top 10 dou­ble

Motorcycle News (UK) - - Sport -

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.”

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