Triumph has entered a ‘new chapter’ in its 110-year racing history with the announcement of an exclusive deal to supply engines to the FIM Moto2TM Championship.
The three-year contract with MotoGPTM commercial rights holder Dorna runs from the 2019 season. It means dedicated, race-tuned 765cc Triumph triple engines, based on the powerplant from the all-new 2017 Triumph Street Triple, being used in every race.
“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 Supersports race-winning triple engines,” says Paul Stroud, Triumph’s Chief Commercial Officer. “We look forward to a long and thrilling relationship with Dorna and the Moto2TM teams, riders and fans.”
Back to the motorsports pinnacle
The partnership, which allows Triumph commercial rights to MotoGPTM and the Moto2TM Championship, takes Triumph back to the pinnacle of motorsports and will build on the success of the race-winning Daytona 675R powerplant that led the way at the Isle of Man TT, Daytona 200 and British Supersports Championships in 2014 and 2015.
Based on the new 2017 Street Triple powerplant, the Triumph Moto2TM 765cc triple engine has been developed and tuned for a major step up in power and torque by allowing the engine to breathe more freely and rev harder than the production bike, increasing overall performance.
Highest performance level
In ‘road’ set-up, the new 765cc engine delivers the highest level of performance for a Street Triple and has more than 80 new parts, compared to the previous generation engine, including new crank, pistons, con-rods and balancer shaft, Nikasil plated aluminium barrels and a revised gearbox.
Initial tests indicate the engine delivers more than 133PS compared to the 123PS on the Street Triple RS, and an increase in peak torque to more than 80NM.
Experienced test rider Julian Simon, the 2009 125cc World Champion and Moto2TM runner-up, has been involved with the engine development testing at Aragon and says: “The engine feels strong and, in particular, the mid-range is impressive. The feel between the throttle and the rear wheel is direct and controllable. The general feeling is good and the engine already shows great potential.”
The exciting partnership will see up to 34 teams using the same pre-sealed engine to ensure a level playing field and marks a significant investment by Triumph, which will allow the manufacturer to demonstrate its capability on a world stage.
‘Strong, linear power and torque delivery’
Carmelo Ezpeleta, Chief Executive Officer of Dorna, says: “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 Moto2TM Championship. We are looking forward to the 2019 season and the beginning of a new generation of Moto2TM in partnership with Triumph.”
Trevor Morris, Technical Director from ExternPro, who will be responsible for the final preparation of the engines for the race series, adds: “It is incredibly exciting to be working in conjunction with the iconic Triumph motorcycle company in supplying engines for the Moto2TM World Championship. I have been a fan of the triple engine for a long time. Its unique characteristics and performance will ensure and enhance the future success of the Championship.”
Herve Poncharal, President of IRTA says the partnership marks a new era in the sport: “Moto2™ is a key category in feeding talent into MotoGP™. We’re seeing a lot of top riders in MotoGP all come through the intermediate category. The arrival of Triumph as the sole engine supplier and with new ECU’s in the intermediate class, marks a new era that is sure to prove another incredible step in its evolution, making it remain the ultimate category on the way to MotoGP.
The new Moto2TM 765cc triple engine features
- New cylinder head with revised inlet and exhaust ports for optimised gas flow.
- Titanium valves and stiffer valve springs for increased rpm.
- Low output race kit alternator for reduced inertia.
- Taller 1st gear ratio.
- Race-developed slipper clutch, which is tuneable.
- Specific race ECU to be developed with Magneti Marelli.
- Revised engine covers for reduced width.
- Different sump to allow for improved header run.