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Tue, 13 Jun 2017

Triumph Engines to Power FIM Moto2 World Championship from 2019

The 765cc engine for the new Street Triple range was developed from the race-winning Daytona 675R powerplant that powered supersports wins at the Isle of Man TT, Daytona 200 and British Supersports Championships in 2014 and 2015.  The new range, comprising 3 models in varying states of tune and spec levels (Street Triple S, Street Triple R and Street Triple RS) have received rave reviews in the bike media since launch. 

So the team at Jack Lilley were naturally very happy when we heard that Triumph Motorcycles have signed a three-year contract with Dorna - the commercial rights holder of MotoGPTM - to supply a dedicated race-tuned 765cc Triumph triple engine, based on the powerplant from the Street Triple. 

About the Triumph Moto2TM 765cc triple engine

The engine will be based on the highest spec 765cc Street Triple powerplant which has more than 80 new parts compared to the previous generation engine, including a new crank, con-rods and balancer shaft, Nikasil plated barrels and a revised gearbox.

The race spec engine has been developed further to allow the engine to breathe more freely and rev harder than the production bike, increasing overall performance. Developments include:

  • - 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

Some quotes from Triumph's official press release

“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.” - Paul Stroud, Chief Commercial Officer for Triumph Motorcycles

“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.” - Carmelo Ezpeleta, Chief Executive Officer of Dorna

“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 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." - Herve Poncharal, President of IRTA

“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.” - Trevor Morris, Technical Director from ExternPro (who will be responsible for the final preparation of the engines for the race series)

“The engine feels strong and In particular the mid-range is very impressive. The feel between the throttle and the rear wheel is very direct and controllable. The general feeling is very good and the engine already shows great potential.” - Julian Simon, 2009 125cc World Champion and Moto2 runner-up (who's been involved with the engine development testing at Aragon)

To see a CGI film of the Triumph Moto2 engine click here: https://youtu.be/bDT8y0WEfxo

If you'd like to experience the new Street Triple yourself, why not come and have a test ride?  We have the Street Triple RS available at both our branches and also a Street Triple S at our Ashford branch.  Call us on either 01784 862834 (Ashford) or 01708 548366 (Romford) to find out more.