Celebrating Triumph’s return to the top flight of motorcycle racing for the 2019 Moto2 season and the British Grand Prix MotoGP. Triumph has arranged three showcase activities:
- Moto2 riders visit the Triumph factory for the unveiling of the final engine prototype bike.
- Triumph proudly supports the Day of Champions ‘Two Wheels for Life’ charity auction with two major prizes.
- Historic parade lap of Triumph’s Moto2 final engine prototype just before the Moto2 race – ridden by former multiple World Superbike Champion and BT Sport MotoGP commentator, James Toseland.
MOTO2 RIDERS FACTORY VISIT
On Wednesday 22nd August at 11 am, the first of three showcase activities that celebrate the British Grand Prix MotoGP race weekend and Triumph’s return to top flight motorcycle racing from the 2019 season onwards begins with a factory visit by seven Moto2 star riders from the current championship.
Luca Marini (ITA-Sky Racing Team VR46), Sam Lowes (GBR-Swiss Innovative Investors), Danny Kent (GBR-+Ego Speed Up Racing Team), Isaac Viñales (SPA-Forward Racing Team), Bo Bendsneyder (NED-Tech 3 Racing Team) and Joe Roberts (USA-NTS RW Racing GP), together with British Moto3 rider John McPhee (CIP – Green Power) will take a tour of Triumph’s main factory, see a historic line up of the most famous Triumph race bikes in history and unveil the final Triumph Moto2 engine development bike, which will be showcased on track just before the Moto2 race at the British Grand Prix.
DAY OF CHAMPIONS & TWO WHEELS FOR LIFE AUCTION TWO PRICELESS TRIUMPH LOTS TO WIN
On Thursday 23rd August Triumph are proud to support Two Wheels for life in fundraising for crucial causes in Africa, with two once-in-a-lifetime Triumph experiences on offer. The top prize winner will have the chance to join Triumph on a global press launch of a new motorcycle hosted in southern Europe. All expenses on the trip will be covered and the winner will be among the first in the world, and the only member of the general public, to ride the exciting new model before retail.
Triumph is also offering another unique opportunity for a winning bidder and nine of their friends to have a private all-access tour at the Hinckley factory and time with the official Triumph design team. The auction, which will take place at 3 pm on Thursday 23rd August, will raise funds to support the work of Riders for Health International and African programmes that ensures life-saving healthcare gets to rural communities using well-maintained motorcycles.
Hosted by Two Wheels for Life, Day of Champions is a fun day out for the whole family with entertainment throughout the day, including live music and stunt displays. A limited number of exclusive paddock and pit lane tickets will give lucky holders the chance to experience behind the scenes of MotoGP as riders and teams prepare for the race weekend ahead. Motorcyclists who are planning to arrive by bike can also take part in the famous Day of Champions ride-in, which includes two laps of the world-famous Silverstone circuit.
Paul Lilly, General Manager, Triumph Motorcycles UK & Ireland, said:
“Triumph is incredibly proud to support Two Wheels for Life and be part of the Day of Champions auction. We have some of the most unique and exclusive prizes up for grabs and look forward to a lucky Triumph fan winning them.’’
HISTORIC PARADE LAP
Just before the Moto2 race on Sunday 26th August at the Silverstone British Grand Prix former multiple World Superbike Champion and BT Sport MotoGPTM commentator James Toseland will ride Triumph’s final engine prototype bike, with eye-catching Union Jack scheme, in a historic parade lap in front of thousands of fans.
This marks a significant moment in Triumph’s racing history with the new 765cc Triple Moto2 race engine taking to the track at a Grand Prix weekend for the very first time. Prior to the parade lap the Triumph Moto2 engine prototype bike will be on display at the Go-Pro stand. Fans can also join Triumph, see our range, and meet the team on the Triumph stand.
ENGINE DEVELOPMENT UPDATE
On 19th June 2018 Triumph’s powerful new Moto2 Triple 765cc engines were matched with Magneti Marelli super-customisable ECUs and some of the key chassis manufacturers’ prototype race set-ups for the very first time, with results well on track for the 2019 racing season. During the test, three of the chassis manufacturer teams (Kalex, KTM and NTS ) ran the Triumph 765cc Moto2 engine for the first time on track in their prototype 2019 frames, pushing the 765cc powerplant under near-race conditions.
Trevor Morris, from Externpro said:
“This test was the first time everything was in place to see what the whole new package could do, and the results have been incredibly positive. This shows just how big a change is coming, and that’s exactly where we wanted to be.”
Steve Sargent, Triumph’s Chief Product Officer said:
“We are very pleased with the progress to date and impressed with the level of passion and effort from the chassis teams, the riders, the ECU team Magneti Marelli, Exernpro, and Dorna in developing the new generation of Moto2 motorcycles.”
“The ECU gives the teams a lot of choice to make changes with ignition, fuelling, engine braking, electronic throttle maps, quickshifter adjustments and pit lane speed limiters. Next year will be much closer to MotoGP levels of technology than Moto2 has ever been. The class is going to become even more interesting, with exciting racing and even more competition between team engineers to develop the best-performing package.”
TRIUMPH 2019 765cc MOTO2 ENGINE PARTNERSHIP
With a three-year contract with Dorna – the commercial rights holder of MotoGP – Triumph are to supply a dedicated race tuned 765cc Triumph Triple engine, based on the powerplant from the 2017 Triumph Street Triple. The new engine is a significant development of the race-winning Daytona 675R powerplant that has powered Supersports wins at the Isle of Man TT, Daytona 200 and British Supersports Championships in 2014 and 2015.
Based on the highest specification 765cc powerplant from the Street Triple RS, the Triumph Moto2 Triple race engine has been developed and tuned for a major step up in power and torque with the following modifications:
- Modified 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 will be tuneable
- Specific race ECU; which will be developed with Magneti Marelli
- Revised engine covers for reduced width
- Different sump to allow for improved header run
- In road set-up the new 765cc engine in the class-leading Street Triple RS delivers the highest ever level of
- Performance for a Street Triple; delivering power of 123 PS @ 11,700 rpm and 77 Nm torque @ 10,800 rpm
It has more than 80 new parts compared to the previous generation engine, including an increase to the bore and stroke. All-new engine components include:
- New crank
- New pistons
- New con-rods and balancer shaft
- Nikasil plated aluminium barrels
- Revised gearbox
The race specification Triumph 765cc Moto2 engine has been developed further to allow the engine to breathe more freely and rev harder than the production bike to increase overall performance. Other changes have been made specifically to adapt the engine for race use.