AUSTRALIA. Teenager Callum Norton has had an exciting racing season. Posting the tenth fastest time in Prologue at the 2018 Tatts Finke Desert Race in his first attempt was impressive. To back that time up with the third athlete to make it to Finke, a fairy tale ending was emirate, however, Finke can eat its young and or machine, and that is what happened with Norton on day two, with the Honda expiring on the return to Alice Springs.
At seventeen years of age, Norton can be classed as a Veteran of Hattah, winning numerous classes as a Junior and his senior career has yet to fully blossom when it does it will be interesting to see which brand supports him. Finishing fourth in 2017 in his senior debut, 2018 was looking good for Norton, especially when he prolonged fifth. The top ten shootout didn’t go Norton’s way and a seventh quickest time was produced. Sunday racing didn’t go to plan either. A faulty stop switch saw Norton nurse the Honda 450 back to the pits on the opening lap for a fix, the teenager was dead last, and over the four-hour race, he worked his way past around 400 riders to finish ninth outright.
Even though Norton sits in eleventh overall in the MXD (Under 19s 250cc National Motocross), Callum has stepped up to the MX1 (450cc) after mechanicals moved the teenager out of podium contention. Finishing eighth overall at Round 7 and thirteenth overall at Round 8, Honda and Norton came to an amicable agreement to split.
This weekend will see Norton back on Husqvarna, a machine brand that Callum has spent three years as a Junior winning races, can he use that skill set to grow and adapt on the FC450 Husky? Race fans will find out this weekend as the MX Nationals heads to Queensland, Gladstone, and where Callum Norton will be under the DPH Motorsports awning riding a machine that can podium and has won a race against CDR Yamaha’s Dean Ferris, piloting Kade Mosig’s FC450 (Mosig has been suspended from competition at the moment).