Triumph begin their second Moto2™ season and launch the Triumph Triple Trophy

New Era Triumph Moto2™ Engine Handover 01Triumph begin their second Moto2™ season with engine developments and launch the Triumph Triple Trophy #PoweredByTriumph.

Engine Developments

The Qatar Grand Prix, held this weekend (5-8 March) at the Losail International Circuit, represents the start of Triumph’s second season powering the Moto2™ category after a record-breaking inaugural year. Records fell throughout the 2019 season as the Triumph 765cc triple powerplant redefined the class, and there’s even more to come in 2020.

Working hard over the off-season, Triumph’s testing has focused on using the data acquired, and a full examination of all of the engines used, to understand how each individual component has performed in the first season of this highly competitive motorcycle championship.

From this input the team have focused on looking at improvements to dimensions and tolerances which have allowed us to soften the over-rev limit imposed last year on downshifting. Combined with the benefit to the teams of having one year’s worth of data using Triumph engines, and the levelling factor of so many rider changes since 2019, the 2020 season is sure to be another thriller delivering even faster lap times and even closer racing.

The culmination of these developments from Triumph, engine management provider Magneti Marelli, and the benefit of last year’s data is already bearing fruit, with the outright lap record at Jerez being beaten by over 0.8seconds in the first official winter test and a new outright lap record set during the recent official Qatar test.

The Triumph Triple Trophy #PoweredByTriumph

To celebrate the closeness of the competition in Moto2™, Triumph are pleased to announce the launch of the ‘Triumph Triple Trophy #PoweredByTriumph’ for 2020.

This reflects the incredibly competitive nature of Moto2™racing, where achieving a race win is only one dimension of the story to come out of a race weekend.

This initiative has been created to recognise and further reward those standout riders during each Grand Prix weekend, starting in Qatar, awarding points across three categories: fastest top speed of the weekend, pole position, and fastest race lap. The one rider at the top of each of these categories (or multiple riders in the case of a tie) will be awarded 7, 6 and 5 points respectively at each Grand Prix:

The Triumph Triple Trophy #PoweredByTriumph

Fastest top speed: 7 points for the fastest rider / riders in case of a tie
Pole position: 6 points for the rider on pole
Fastest race lap: 5 points for the fastest rider / riders in case of a tie

The winner – the rider who has achieved the greatest number of points throughout the season – will be awarded a Triumph Street Triple RS motorcycle which is powered by the 765cc triple engine from which the Moto2™ powerplant is derived.

Steve Sargent, Triumph’s Chief Product Officer, said: “We’re very proud of what we achieved last year in Moto2™, but we won’t rest on our laurels and we’ve worked hard over the winter to make improvements using the benefits of a full season of race data, and as we’ve already seen, this year has started with more new lap records, beating those set using our engines last year, and with a number of new riders appearing near the top of the time sheets. It means the spectacle on track will look, and sound, even better this year, and we can’t wait to see the lights turn green on Sunday.

“We’re also launching the new ‘Triumph Triple Trophy #PoweredByTriumph’ in time for the first round, to give the riders the chance to win a Triumph Street Triple RS at the end of the year. This production machine features the 765cc triple engine from which we developed the Moto2™racing variant, and our top-spec RS variant is as perfectly suited to the track as it is the road.”

 The Triumph Moto2™ 765cc race engine is a development of the class-leading Street Triple RS 765cc road motorcycle and produces more than 140PS and the same visceral soundtrack.

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In 2019 Triumph’s first year in the Moto2™ World Championship was a story of remarkable success, yielding some of the category’s closest-ever racing, a new World Champion, and new records set at 85 percent of the races. Triumph brought a new level of energy and performance into the class and our second historic season in 2020 brings about massive changes with new riders, different team set-ups and, with a winter of testing activities, the 2020 Moto2™ promises to be another thriller.

The 2020 season geared up for a flying start with the Qatar lap record broken in testing just last week and the Jerez lap record taken by 0.8 seconds earlier in the winter development cycle. This highlights the culmination of the developments and learnings from all parties after the inaugural season powered by Triumph.

2020 Triumph Triple Trophy #PoweredByTriumph Season champion wins a new Street Triple RS

This season Triumph are proud to introduce the Triumph Triple Trophy #PoweredByTriumph. The objective of this trophy is to highlight a greater range of Moto2™ riders and shine the spotlight on some of the less well-known names in the category. We know that due to the incredibly competitive nature of Moto2™ racing, achieving a race win is only one dimension of the story to come out of a race weekend.

This initiative will further recognise and reward those standout riders each Grand Prix weekend and will, starting in Qatar, award points across three categories: fastest top speed of the weekend, pole position, and fastest race lap. The one rider at the top of each of these categories (or multiple riders in the case of a tie) will be awarded 7, 6 and 5 points respectively each Grand Prix, in reference to the triple cylinder engine’s layout and capacity:

Fastest top speed: 7 points for the fastest rider
Pole position: 6 points for the rider on pole
Fastest race lap: 5 points for the fastest rider *

The winner, defined as the rider who has achieved the greatest number of points throughout the season, will be awarded a Triumph Street Triple RS motorcycle, which boasts the 765cc triple engine from which the Moto2™

2019 Quick Facts

More than 300,00km of flat-out 14,000rpm track action in 2019

14 new lap records
18 top speed
12 outright circuit bests

*Subject to possible schedule changes, multiple riders may be awarded points in the unlikely event of a draw