Cameron Donald: Norton TT bike "has huge potential"

Author: Oli Rushby Posted: 13 May 2015

Donald testing the Norton

Norton’s new SG4 TT racer has ‘huge potential’ according to the bloke who will be setting off down Bray Hill on it next month. 

Aussie Cameron Donald signed for the iconic British manufacturer last season and after seeing the bike’s potential, opted to stay with the Castle Donington-based team for 2015.

Donald arrived in the UK from Australia three weeks ago and has since tested the latest incarnation of Norton’s RSV4-powered TT racer at a number of UK circuits.

“We’ve had a few days out on the bike and the weather has largely been alright so it’s been a good start,” Donald told Bike Social. “We’ve got a lot of work to do but that’s what I’m here to do. It’s early stages so there’s lots to do but we’ve got to keep our head down and work through it methodically. 

The SG4 has been updated for 2015, including a revised chassis and completely new, high-powered Aprilia V4 motors. 

Cameron testing the Norton

“The bike has got a new chassis and a different engine spec so it’s quite a change from last year. The engines are really high spec, I know they’re very fast. There’s a lot of power so it should be more than enough to do the job we now just need to get it manageable to ride and get the chassis working how we want it to.” 

The Norton team endured a tough time at the 2014 Isle of Man TT with technical problems blighting any significant challenge. Determined to enjoy more success this year, the team have been testing at every opportunity. 


 

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Lack of development really hurt us last year but we struggled with the bike on all fronts with both power and performance. This year I think we can marry it all up and get it working together. This bike has a huge amount of potential, that’s why I’m back so early so we can work through that development. 

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