Donald Joins Norton For Isle Of Man
Norton Motorcycles has confirmed that Cameron Donald will contest the Isle of Man TT Races, fuelled by Monster Energy, with the Australian ace lining up in the Dainese Superbike and PokerStars Senior TT Races for the British manufacturer. Cameron will start both races from the No. 19 position, made famous by the late Steve Hislop who took Norton’s last TT victory in the 1992 Senior Race.
After three years with Wilson Craig Racing, there has been much speculation about Donald’s future since last year’s TT. However, while the change in teams will see his career take a different direction, it signals his intention to continue racing at the highest level and also his passion for competing on the Mountain Course.
Hailing from Warrandyte, near Melbourne, Donald won the TT Newcomers Trophy in 2005 and set the paddock alight a year later when he took a stunning second place in the Senior TT. 2008 saw him claim a Superbike-Superstock double victory for Relentless by TAS Suzuki before setting the first 131 mph lap in practice for the 2009 meeting although a spill a day later ultimately put him out of the races.
Although he has yet to win another race, he now has an impressive tally of 10 podiums with his most recent coming in last year’s Superbike Race when he took second place behind Michael Dunlop.
Over the winter, Norton secured the services of both Mick Grant and Steve Plater to aid further development and progress and by signing a proven TT winner in Donald, in a three year deal, their intentions for the TT have clearly been set.
“When Norton began talking to me about their plans for TT 2014 I knew it was an opportunity I didn’t want to miss,” Donald said. “With the enthusiasm and experience of the Norton team behind me and ex TT winners such as Mick Grant and Steve Plater now involved, this is sure to be an exciting year. Norton is synonymous with the Isle of Man TT and I can’t wait to ride the new SG3 round the Mountain Course and add to their Isle of Man history.”