British marque set to power the intermediate class into the future
Triumph Motorcycles has been chosen as the exclusive engine supplier to the FIM Moto2™ World Championship from 2019, with the announcement coming at the Gran Premio d’Italia Oakley at Mugello on Saturday. The three year agreement between Triumph and MotoGP™ commercial rights holder Dorna Sports will see the British marque supply a dedicated race-tuned 765cc Triumph triple engine to the class, which is based on the powerplant from the all-new 2017 Triumph Street Triple.
The new engine is a significant development of the race-winning Daytona 675R powerplant that has powered Supersport wins at the Isle of Man TT, Daytona 200 and British Supersport Championships in 2014 and 2015 – with Moto2™ ready to add more incredible pedigree to the history of the class and legendary British manufacturer.
Paul Stroud, Chief Commercial Officer for Triumph Motorcycles, said: “This is a significant moment for Triumph that brings an exciting new chapter to our 110-year racing history and builds on our celebrated TT and Supersport race winning triple engines. We look forward to a long and thrilling relationship with Dorna and the Moto2 eams, riders and fans.”
Carmelo Ezpeleta, Chief Executive Officer of Dorna added: “We are very excited to be working with one of the world’s most iconic motorcycle brands. The Triumph triple engines are renowned for their strong, linear power and torque delivery and have achieved many successes on the track, making them the ideal choice for the Moto2 Championship. We are looking forward to the 2019 season and the beginning of a new generation of Moto2 in partnership with Triumph.”
Herve Poncharal, President of IRTA, stated: “Moto2 is a key category in feeding talent into MotoGP, and we see a lot of top riders in MotoGP all come through the intermediate category. The arrival of Triumph as the sole engine supplier, as well as new ECUs in the intermediate class, marks a new era that is sure to prove another incredible step in its evolution, making sure it remains the ultimate category on the way to MotoGP.”