News 13 Jul 2017

Norton claims impressive fourth in Hattah senior debut

Teenager claims class win at the Victorian desert race.

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KTM-backed privateer Callum Norton lodged an impressive fourth outright finish at the Penrite Hattah Desert Race last weekend, claiming the 450cc category win in his first time in senior division of the event.

The Victorian has won four-consecutive junior titles at the prestigious event, with the teenager revealing it was a brutal experience, although heavily rewarding considering his result.

“I’m stoked with fourth, and winning the class is unreal,” said Norton. “I won four junior Hattahs in a row, so this year was my first senior one, and it was brutal, but awesome. That was my first time racing a 450 on anything outside of motocross. It’s good for me because I’m 85 kilos, so it gives me that bit more go in the deep sand.

“It’s four hours of probably the hardest racing that I’ve ever done, but it’s good fun at the same time, and it’s so rewarding if you have a good result. The factory guys let me pit next to them and they lent me a quick-fill fueller, and they helped me out when I got a flat, so I can’t thank them enough.”

It was an inspiring ride from Norton, who came back from a flat tyre to pass initial class leader and experienced desert racer Ivan Long (Husqvarna) for position.

The youthful talent will return to his regular role in the MXD category of the Motul MX Nationals this weekend at Shepparton, in Victoria.