Manchester’s Mike Norbury is targeting a second TT Races expedition in 2019, as he aims to continue his solid, consistent progress on the fabled Mountain Course.
Planning to pilot ZX6R Kawasaki machinery in the Monster Energy Supersport races of TT 2019, the former protege of 2009 TT XGP victor Rob Barber, maiden TT tenure from last May/June, saw him bank series of creditable results aboard the ECTA Racing Kawasaki, BMW steeds.
A prominent exponent of Oliver’s Mount, Scarborough, alongside sampling TT 2018 additional highlights from this season have included a top 20 finish in the Tandragee 100 Grand Final, plus top 25 finishes at the Vauxhall International North West 200 and MCE Insurance Ulster Grand Prix.
Photo by Nick Wheeler
Reflecting on a challenging, but also extremely productive at times 2018 roads campaign, he stated recently via his Facebook racing page:
“2018 was a struggle and a huge learning curve! We had some successful debuts at the Northwest 200, Isle of Man TT and Ulster GP along with some of the smaller Irish Road Races.
Unfortunately we also had a year filled with false promises, a few off’s and bike failures but I guess that’s racing!”
Looking towards the 2019 roads season alongside a second TT Races stint, Norbury’s prospective race itinerary also includes ventures back to the North West 200 and Ulster Grand Prix plus taking in the Southern 100, Armoy Road Races and Classic TT.
Presently on the lookout for funding, sponsorship for the 2019 season, he issued via Facebook a candid insight which unfortunately you can apply presently to tens of closed roads competitors.
“Whilst other riders have began their winter prep on their bikes, and managed to obtain rides for teams I am unfortunately very much on he back foot.
In order to stay competitive you need a competitive machine and after racing my 2008 R6 for the past 3 years, an upgrade was essential and it has been sold. At this moment in time, unfortunately I am a few thousand pounds away from being able to purchase the new ZX6 Kawasaki that I have lined up.
This means I am currently bike less. I have no ride, there is no ‘team’. I am therefore looking for further sponsorship, no matter how large or small. So if you or anyone you know may be interested in sponsoring me please get in touch.”
Words by Stevie Rial