Norton Motorcycles had already reported it would enter the RST Superbike and PokerStars Senior TT races at the 2015 Isle of Man TT with the Australian Cameron Donald.
But Norton wants more; as the British manufacturer looks to achieve another victory (its last with Steve Hislop at the 1992 Senior TT), Norton announced Thursday that it will compete in the Bennetts Lightweight class in partnership with The British Motorcycle Manufacturing Academy.
The project will be run primarily by students of BMMA’s apprenticeship program at Horton headquarters in Donington Park. Norton says it is a unique opportunity for the students who will not only build the exciting new bike, but a lucky select few will travel with the Norton team to the TT to work on the lightweight bike alongside the factory team.
Piloting the Norton, which will be powered by the TT-proven Kawasaki ER-6 engine, will be MCN’s Senior Road Tester and TT race, Adam “Chad” Child.
Following the news, Norton’s CEO Stuart Garner says “It’s a great opportunity for the students who will work alongside the Norton race team. Chad will be on hand giving feedback developing the bike and the team, he’s obviously got extensive bike testing experience and knowledge of Lightweight class.”
As for Chad, this will be his fourth TT. He has also competed at every Lightweight race since the class began in 2012: “It’s going to be really interesting to work with the students, together we have steep learning curve; the TT is the ultimate test. They have bags of enthusiasm and it’s going to an exciting few weeks; it will be great to see young faces in the paddock actually working on the race bike.”