British manufacturer Norton has confirmed its participation to the 2013 Tourist Trophy, but this time around they will go to the Isle of Man with two SG1 bikes: one for the confirmed Ian ‘Mackers’ Mackman and the other for new signing Dan Hegarty, who will have the task to revive the past glories of the legendary British manufacturer in the event that more than any other has contributed to its fame.
Hegarty, 25, made his TT debut in 2010 and has a personal best on the Mountain Course of 121.
731 mph (18′35.
80) set last year in first race of of Superbike class: “It’s great to get a factory ride and have the opportunity to be in at the beginning of the development programme for Norton – Hegarty said – I also look forward to working alongside ‘Mackers’ who I have raced alongside before and have a great relationship with.
”“Norton’s continued investment in developing bikes and its team shows their total confidence in the most prestigious and inspirational motorcycle racing in the world – added Norton CEO Stuart Garner – We have followed Dan’s progress at the TT and have been very impressed with his ability and commitment to the sport.
Along with these qualities he also brings a very competitive edge to the team, which makes him a great rider to work with.