While reading an article in the December issue of Classic Bike magazine, about the new Norton Motorcycle company, which recently returned to British hands, I noticed a statement by Brian Crighton, technical director of the company saying they would like to try qualifying for the new 4 stroke 600cc class which will replace the 2 stroke 250cc bikes in 2011. The twin rotor Norton NRV588 is usually rated as a 588cc engine and if the ruling authorities in GP will accept that displacement, Crighton figures the Norton can be competitive with the 600cc piston engines.
Norton certainly has an aggressive plan to bring out both racing and road bikes later this year, but that was the first I had heard of the GP racing plan. If you’re going to dream, dream big.
Personally, I think it’s a great idea and might be a nice way to add some excitement and interest to the new series. Having rotaries mixing it up with the piston engines would spark interest among a whole lot of motorheads and wouldn’t it be cool to see a Norton logo in the paddock? I like it!