‘We’ve earned it’

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‘I don’t see another team with two bikes in the top 10 – that’s mas­sive’ NOR­TON CEO, STUART GAR­NER

STUART GAR­NER, NOR­TON CEO

We’ve had two bikes con­sis­tently in the top 10, and I’ve not seen any­one else do­ing that. We’re miss­ing the last milean-hour to the top boys – but we’ll get there. We’re still chas­ing the top five, but we’ve made another big step this year. Ev­ery­body thought we were lucky to get into the top 10 last year, but this year we’ve come and as­serted our­selves as top 10 con­tenders with both bikes. There’s no luck about it, we’ve earned it.

I don’t see another team plac­ing two top 10 bikes like we have. That’s mas­sive. We’ve de­signed the chas­sis and bike at Cas­tle Don­ing­ton, so it’s a mas­sive thing for the re­li­a­bil­ity of the bike and fab­u­lous for all the guys who have been work­ing on it. From a team per­spec­tive, it’s bril­liant. Two starts, two rid­ers and four top 10 fin­ishes and a load of 130mph laps.

I look at the peo­ple who laughed at us when we started this project, and we’re beat­ing them now. No­body has built their own bike and come and taken on the top flight at the TT for gen­er­a­tions. Of course peo­ple were go­ing to laugh at us, it was crazy! It’s taken a lot of engi­neer­ing, guts, de­ter­mi­na­tion and of course money to put it all to­gether. Now, five or six years on, we’re start­ing to see where we are go­ing and ev­ery­body is start­ing to re­alise we aren’t as mad as they thought we were.

For me, be­hind this is the new V4 RR, which is show­ing all the signs of be­ing a great road bike. The chas­sis we raced this year is the chas­sis from the bikes we are sell­ing – it’s a road chas­sis. This is a great re­sult, and as a fac­tory we are so happy. When you see some of the other teams with new bikes strug­gling it just shows you how big a task this is.

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