Steve Plater testing the Norton SG3

Norton Motorcycles has signed two-time TT winner Cameron Donald to a three-year contract to race in the Isle of Man TT. Donald will ride the Norton SG3 sportbike in the Dainese Superbike and PokerStars Senior TT classes, starting both races seeded 19th. That matches the number of the late Steve Hislop, the last Norton rider to win on the Isle of Man with a victory in the 1992 Senior TT race.

Donald made his Isle of Man TT debut in 2005, winning the TT Newcomers Trophy. A year later, Donald scored his first podium and in 2008, the Australian racer won Superbike and Superstock races for the Relentless by TAS Suzuki team. Donald spent the previous three TTs riding Honda machines for Wilson Craig Racing.

“Cameron is a really great rider to have on board, not only as a racer but also as a brand ambassador for Norton,” says Stuart Garner, chief executive officer of Norton Motorcycles. “His support, feedback and endorsement will all be really important to us both as a company and a race team as we look to and we are all relishing the challenge of developing a strong bike and team around him for the long-term. We will also be working with Cameron within our road bike business, primarily to help develop our Australasian markets where Norton, Cameron and the TT all have a great following.”

The SG3 is the third iteration of Norton’s TT racer since the company’s return to the Isle of Man in 2012. Norton employed the services of seven-time TT winner Mick Grant and two-time winner Steve Plater to develop the SG3to get it ready for this year’s competition.

“When Norton began talking to me about their plans for TT 2014 I knew it was an opportunity I didn’t want to miss,” says Donald. “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.”

[Source: IOMTT]