Nortons in top ten
Norton continued the good work from last year’s TT with their revised SG6 superbike, with Josh Brookes and David Johnson claiming 6th and 7th places in the Senior TT. Two 130mph laps allowed 2015 BSB champ Brookes to beat his fellow Australian teammate by just 0.7 seconds.
“I was quietly hoping to get into the 130mph club but with all the bad weather it was really difficult,” Brookes said.
“I kept doing 129s and getting close but not actually getting to 130 so to do two of those is definitely my box ticked.”
David Johnson was just shy of his fastest 2016 lap, blaming it on the new bike’s aerodynamics.
“It wasn’t very slippery in the wind and left us hanging off. You need to be away from the wind here but the bike was improved for sure,” he said.
Top-ten placings in both the Senior and Superbike races was considered a good result for the latest incarnation of the Aprilia-engined racer.
“It’s great for Norton and nice for the guys who put in the hard work,” Brookes said. “I want to be back here next year but I’ve got a lot to think about with BSB to try and make that work.
“Right now I’d like to think I’d be back at the TT, but my focus will remain on short circuit races and I’ll do it if I can.”