The following is from Team Norris Racing…
Team Norris Racing is proud to announce an expansion of its rider lineup for the 2019 MotoAmerica season. Returning for his sophomore year in the Supersport class is Benjamin Smith, the 2017 MotoAmerica KTM RC Cup Champion. Joining the Supersport effort is Norwegian rider Caroline Olsen. The pairing of Smith and Olsen, both aboard Yamaha YZF-R6s, will make for a competitive duo on the middleweight class.
Michael Gilbert is also set join Team Norris Racing, bumping up to the Stock 1000 class aboard a Kawasaki ZX-10R. The Californian is excited for his transition to the liter bike and is aiming to reach the top step of the podium in 2019.
“I am more than ready to get the 2019 season started,” Gilbert said. “I’m so thankful for the opportunity that Team Norris Racing has given me to go after the Stock 1000 title on competitive machinery. I couldn’t think of a better group of people to be surrounded by this coming season and will give them every bit of effort possible.”
Olsen is excited to return for another year of Supersport, now surrounded by a team that instills confidence in her that 2019 will be her best season yet.
“I couldn’t be happier to partner with such a great team,” Olsen said.“I’m so excited and ready to go racing. It’s been a tough last couple of years, but I’m confident that this team is a platform we can build on in 2019 and beyond. I’m going to give it everything I have to show my true potential. Thank you to Team Norris Racing, Jason Pridmore, MotoVixens, Loxy, and Ringstad for making this year possible.”
Smith, who is back for another year with Team Norris Racing, is looking to use his experience from the past season to achieve better results in 2019.
“I’m really excited for my second season in Supersport,” Smith said. “Having the experience of riding the 600 last year and now being able to learn from Michael and Caroline gives me confidence that I can improve on my results from2018.”
Angie and Kelly Norris, team owners of Team Norris Racing, are pleased with the expansion of the team in 2019.
“We’re so happy to expand the Team Norris Racing presence in the MotoAmerica paddock,” Norris said. “Bringing in Caroline Olsen and Michael Gilbert will add a level of knowledge and experience that will complement Benjamin and the existing team in its second year of competition. 2019 is set to be a great year.”