Author: Oli Rushby Posted: 22 Apr 2015
As revealed by Bike Social last November, Norton Motorcycles will enter this year’s Bennetts Lightweight TT with a machine built by the British Motorcycle Manufacturing Academy.
MCN road tester Adam ‘Chad’ Child will be at the helm of the Kawasaki ER-6 powered machine, which will be built by students on the BMMA’s apprenticeship programme at Norton’s Donington Park HQ.
A number of the lucky apprentices will travel to the Island to work on the bike alongside Norton’s factory race team.
“It’s a great opportunity for the students who will work alongside the Norton race team,” said Stuart Garner, CEO of Norton Motorcycles. “Chad will be on hand giving feedback developing the bike and the team, he’s obviously got extensive bike testing experience and knowledge of the Lightweight class.”
Child has competed in every Lightweight race since the re-introduction of the class in 2012 and finished last year’s race 29th with a fastest lap of 106.96.
He added: “It’s going to be really interesting to work with the students, together we have a steep learning curve; the TT is the ultimate test. The have bags of enthusiasm and it’s going to be an exciting few weeks; it will be great to see young faces in the paddock actually working on a race bike.”
How do you think they’ll do?