Norton Returning to MotoGP Racing

08/19/2010 @ 11:18 am, by Jensen Beeler12 COMMENTS

German magazine Speedweek is reporting that Norton will be back in GP racing for the 2012 season with a two-man team. Speedweek‘s highly respected Austrian journalist Gunther Wiesinger has received word that Norton has requested two spots on the 2012 MotoGP grid, and has signed a request to join the series when it returns to the 1000cc format. It’s unclear at this time if Norton will be entering as a claiming rule team (CRT), or be listed as a factory prototype, which could have a dramatic affect on the team’s success in the series.

If listed as a CRT, Norton will have the benefit of three more liters of fuel and three more engines during the 2012 season, whereas if the team is listed as a factory prototype, they won’t have these added benefits, and will have to compete with Honda, Yamaha, etc on an even keel.┬áThere is a possibility however that with how the rules are written that Norton could enter the 2012 season as a CRT, and then get moved up to factory prototype status if the team finds racing success halfway through the series.

With MotoGP’s 81mm maximum bore restriction, it would seem that Norton would be barred from enter a rotary-styled motor in MotoGP. Norton has been developing the Norton NRV700 for the past year, which is based off the company’s NRV500 that participated at Bonneville last year with it’s twin Wankel rotary. The British company seemed set on releasing some sort of production rotary motorcycle to the public, but with this development, it could be a sign that we’ll see a traditional piston-engined sportbike come into production from Norton.

Source: Speedweek via MotoMatters

  • TwinMe

    Norton, bring your A-GAME and The Best u can create forward…GodSpeed.

  • Jaybond

    If Norton to enter MotoGP (which of course must be using piston engined bike), it could be the birthchild of the collaboration between Norton & Maxsym Race Engines, the company which Norton has acquired few years back. This could be quite an ambitious project – as far as modern day 4 stroke MotoGP championship is concerned, no other teams have been able to match the performance of the big Japanese and Italian machineries.

    As for the rotary Norton NRV700, hopefully it will find its way into WSBK, it will make the racing even more exciting to the fans. Norton just need to negotiate with Flammini to get the permission.

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  • Willie

    I should have stayed out of here. Now I’m wanting to build another 850 III.

  • admirable ambition. Best of luck…will be great for racing

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  • Dr. Gellar

    If Norton are indeed serious about entering MotoGP, it’s certainly going to have to be with a brand new non rotary-engined machine. That alone is pretty exciting if this all comes to fruition.

    All the comments I’ve seen on the web about Norton possibly using their rotary in MotoGP make me laugh…hahaha. There is absolutely no way a rotary will be allowed to compete in the new-look 2012 MotoGP series.

  • Bring it on, hopefully BMW will enter to, that word VARIETY again. MotoGP needs more Manufacturers and Teams desperately….

  • Fantastic! The grid could certainly use more teams, Norton is a welcome addition.

  • if norton still retain its rotary engine i think norton has to reduce the volume from 1000 cc into 700 cc, because rotary engine is much lesser friction but more compact, like when mazda rotary engine join the british racing