One machine in particular captured the public’s imagination at the recent week long Motorcycle Live extravaganza, Norton’s Lightweight TT bound Superlight mount.
Striking in looks, plus boasting a formidable weight, power distribution, hundreds of bikers, race fans and tens of high level racers took the opportunity to take a close look at Norton’s newest race model.
As anticipated by many, 23 times TT winner John McGuinness will pilot the Superlight steed in next years four lap Bennetts Lightweight TT.
Widely tipped to contend for class honours at TT 2019, in my opinion it will go down as one of his greatest ever achievements if he can claim in under 12 months time, a first Super Twins class based TT title.
Short on Super Twins race experience, plus likely to be competing against the present all conquering S1-R Paton’s, it’s going to take all of his skills, race craft, Mountain Course majesty to battle for race spoils.
Overall though it’s great to see Norton adding something different, fresh and vibrant to the Lightweight class at TT 2019, which as in recent times is certain to provide more compelling, close fought, enterprising action on the fabled, mythical Mountain Course.
Words by Stevie Rial