Article By Ministry of Bikes
Posted on 18 Jan 2017
Norton sign Brookes and Johnson for TT 2017
Norton Motorcycles have confirmed that Aussie Josh Brookes will be racing for them alongside David Johnson for the 2017 Isle of Man TT. Both Brookes and Johnson will be racing on Norton’s brand-new SG6 which is derived from the V4 SS, which are currently being tested for suitability and quality at the Donington Hall Factory.
Former MCE British Superbike Champion, Josh Brookes is returning to Isle of Man TT after racing for the World Superbike Championship over the last year. However, recent comments suggest that Brookes cannot wait to get back to the TT:
“Firstly, I want to come back to the TT after SMR said I couldn’t ride at the TT over the last two years. I’ve been desperate to get back and race at the island. I like the history of the Norton and it will be great to be a little part of the Norton story. It’s just something that interests me, and I’m really excited by the project. It’s always hard to predict results, especially around the island so I think it’s important that I let it come to me. I’ve not been for two years, and I don’t know how much the Norton bikes has improved, but I hear great things about the bike”.
There are high hopes for Norton this year as they take on Brookes, alongside David Johnson who claimed seventh place at the Superbike TT in 2016, especially with the power that these bikes produce.
Norton’s CEO Stuart Garner has expressed his excitement about signing Brookes and Johnson by stating:
“There are a couple of reasons why we wanted to sign Josh Brookes. Firstly, he gives us the opportunity of a world class short circuit rider to move along the V4 road bike development, and secondly, with his TT rider experience and his achievement of being the fastest newcomer in 2013, Josh is clearly capable of a 130 mph- plus lap. Given the requirements of the team at this stage of the project, this makes him a perfect rider for Norton”.
When asked about David Johnson’s return, Stuart commented:
“To come in last year and move the development on and do all but a 131 mph lap was a huge achievement and ground-breaking for the team. There’s a huge amount of respect from everyone in the Norton team for everything he has achieved and Davo has more than earned his place back on the bike in 2017”.