1 day in the past | Phrases: Matt Bernard | Images: KTM IMAGES
In anticipation of the 2024 FIM Motocross World Championship, Purple Bull KTM Manufacturing unit Racing is gearing as much as defend its MX2 title and make a powerful push for extra MXGP victories. The workforce’s acquainted rider lineup, that includes Jeffrey Herlings, Andrea Adamo, Liam Everts, and Sacha Coenen, might be guided by the newly appointed Workforce Supervisor, Harry Norton.
Norton, a 29-year-old Australian, brings a wealth of expertise to his new function after serving because the Workforce Technical Co-ordinator. His journey with KTM started in 2019 when he made the transfer from Australia, (which you’ll learn extra about in our interview with Harry), the place he had a longstanding affiliation with KTM and the native racing scene. Norton’s ardour for filth bikes and technical experience rapidly made an impression inside the Purple Bull KTM Manufacturing unit Racing organisation.
Having performed a pivotal function within the workforce’s success because the Technical Co-ordinator, Norton is now set to steer the MXGP operation in 2024. Backed by figures like Dirk Gruebel, Workforce Co-ordinator Valentina Ragni, and Workforce Coach Joel Smets, Norton is poised to information the workforce to new heights.
Reflecting on his new function, Norton expressed his pleasure, describing it as a dream come true.
Harry Norton, Purple Bull KTM Manufacturing unit Racing Workforce Supervisor: “Individuals have requested me how I really feel about this, and the reply is just: excited. It was a dream to work for this workforce, and to make it as one of many key figures and to have such an enter into how we go racing is subsequent stage for me. I’ve had among the absolute best influences round me, akin to Dirk, Peter [Tillerkvist], Robert [Jonas] and Pit [Beirer], and I need to thank them for his or her assist and for sharing their expertise. We’ve obtained one other huge season forward and with the identical targets we all the time have. Now we have a powerful workforce and we’ll work with the identical ardour and the identical dedication to attain what we are able to.”
Robert Jonas, Vice President Offroad Racing: “Harry has reached this place based mostly on qualities that we actually admire and we actually worth. He’s passionate concerning the sport and devoted to the model: he already has an extended KTM historical past and made an enormous change to journey internationally and chase his skilled goals. He not solely has the technical data however has proven a excessive willingness to be taught and may consider conditions very nicely. What can be necessary is his character: Harry is open, pleasant and calm and these are important qualities for a race workforce that wants good organisation, a very good ambiance and to face the drama that sport can convey. We actually consider in him. 2023 was already a check of what he can do and now he’s directing considered one of our most profitable Purple Bull KTM groups. We’re assured that he, Valentina, Dirk and all the blokes have a powerful 2024.”