Inspiration: Festival

James Toseland on his Triumph at Goodwood

Moto2: In the company of legends

James Toseland’s hill climb confession

Two-time World Superbike champion James Toseland was in awe as he completed the Hill Climb at Goodwood’s Festival of Speed. Much of that was down to the “incredible” mid-range acceleration of the 765cc Triumph engine of the Moto2 bike.

However, it was the presence of speed legends Giacomo Agostini and Damon Hill that made it a truly memorable weekend for the Triumph Moto2 ambassador, before he’d even set a wheel on the famous Sussex track.

“It was the first time I’ve ridden it in the dry and it’s easy to see how it’s broken every lap record bar one in this year’s nine rounds,” he says: “What was truly amazing was to be putting on my leathers in the same changing room as some of my heroes, and to follow Agostini up the hill was a real honour.”

“It’s also a good opportunity to hear and feel the appreciation for the Moto2 engine”

James Toseland

“Dipping your toe back in the water and seeing world legends is what Goodwood is all about, and for me it’s also a good opportunity to hear and feel the appreciation for the Moto2 engine,” says James.

“To be honest it’s an easy sell because of the records being broken and how happy all the riders are with it. That little bit more power, acceleration and torque in the mid-range means riders can go slightly wide on the bends and still make it up, which is making every round intriguing.”

James, now preparing for the upcoming rounds in Spielberg, Austria on 11 August and England’s Silverstone on 25 August, adds: “I honestly can’t see any lap record being safe on any of the circuits, which is making for a thrilling season.”