Legendary TT Racer Mick Grant teams up with Norton for TT 2014
Friday 31 January 2014
Norton Motorcycles has announced that Mick Grant, seven-time Isle of Man TT race winner has joined the Norton Factory Racing team, some 40 years after he last rode for the Norton Factory.
The Yorkshireman will take the team forward in this year’s TT when they return with the much-developed SG2 Factory bike. Mick will have responsibility towards bike development, rider management and importantly will be sharing his vast TT and racing experience with the highly capable team of young engineers within the Donnington based Norton Factory Race Team.
In a racing career spanning almost 20 years, Mick won seven Isle of Man TT races and was the rider who finally broke Mike Hailwood's enduring lap record in 1975. He won grands prix in Holland and Sweden as well as the Isle of Man and during the mid-1970’s was Barry Sheene’s principal opponent.
Commenting on his appointment Mick Grant said:
“I am so excited to have the opportunity to work with a brand of huge racing heritage. To work with a team that has so much passion and enthusiasm is great, this is the key to a successful team.”
Stuart Garner, Norton CEO added:
“To be able to get such experienced talent like Mick is a real coup for Norton. We are determined to win TT’s here at Norton and we see Mick’s role as a vital step in ensuring our team has the depth of experience to take on the current experienced teams. In particular our engineering team will greatly benefit from Mick’s knowledge. We have built a factory race bike from scratch and are now developing it continually, Mike will enable us to move forward with both bike development and rider management.”
Last year, with Ian Mackman and Dan Hegarty at the controls of the SG2 Norton, the team finished both the Senior and Dainese Superbike TT races. The team has yet to announce the riders for its 2014 Isle of Man TT Races campaign.
Picture shows (L to R) Simon Skinner, Head of Design with Mick Grant and Stuart Garner.