This engine has the best possible chance of being a game changer’, says Julian Simon. The former 125cc World Champion will be testing the new Moto2 triple engine ahead of the 2019 season.
A Moto2 runner-up in 2010, the Spaniard was one of the first riders run in the 765cc engine at a two-day shakedown in Aragon, Spain, late last year.
“It is a great honour for me to be associated with Triumph at such an exciting time and on a project that will have a big effect in Moto2.” In this exclusive behind-the-scenes interview, Simon gives his honest appraisal of the new engine.
‘It’s the biggest shake up in the Grand Prix intermediate class since Moto2 replaced 250cc two-strokes in 2010. Not only will the new Street Triple RS-based engine be more powerful, it bulges with the kind of mid-range torque the current Honda motor could only dream of. And that’s not all – for the first time the class will run traction control and autoblippers.’ – MCN
Based on the new 2017 Street Triple powerplant, the Moto2 triple is being developed and fine-tuned ready for its first competitive outing in the 2019 Championships. The new engine is designed to breathe more freely and rev harder than the production bike. It’s a significant move on from 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.
So, the scene is set for the next chapter in Triumph’s 110-year racing history. Simon’s instinctive and detailed verdict on the engine’s performance will form a major part in further modifications. Right now, Triumph is using the rider’s feedback in addition to its own analytical data to complete a full testing programme prior to the handover in June.
Stay tuned for exciting updates!