Nor­tons in top ten

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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.”

Josh Brookes set his first-ever 130mph laps

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