Triumph is hard at work, developing its Moto2TM race engine ready for the 2019 season – and in the snaps we’ve seen, the bike its powering looks a lot like a new 765 Daytona.
Of course, there’s been no official word from Triumph – but adding two and two together, we’re sure that the Moto2 machine will make it to market in the not too distant future.
Back to its engine, and 2009 125cc World Champion, Moto2TM runner-up and experienced Moto2TM test rider Julian Simon, has been putting the prototype through its paces at Aragón. A quick shakedown on track offers the chance to source essential data regarding performance and durability. In regards to power, torque and durability, Triumph say they are ahead of expectations – and during the track sessions saw promising results, as the bike and engine delivered consistent and competitive lap times.
Steve Sargent, Chief Product Officer for Triumph Motorcycles, said; “At this stage of the development programme we are in a good place. We are very pleased with the pace that Julian is showing with the latest engine and his feedback has been very positive. We have confidence that we will deliver an engine that the teams will enjoy racing with and a spectacle and sound that will excite the fans.”
Julian Simon, 2009 125cc World Champion, Moto2TM runner-up and experienced Moto2TM test rider said “I am really happy to be here in Aragón testing the development of the 2019 Moto2 engines with Triumph. I can see there has been a big improvement with the latest engine, giving a great feeling. There’s a lot of power and the gearing is fantastic, and for the sound, this is also fantastic. To me, it’s fun.”
This testing update follows on from the announcement of Triumph Motorcycles as the exclusive engine supplier to the FIM Moto2TM World Championship from the 2019 season onwards. We’ll be keeping our ear close to the ground over the next few months regarding the Daytona 765, particularly as manufacturers prepare to unveil their 2018 models at the Tokyo and Milan trade shows.