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18th November 2018

Rider stationary on Valencia MotoGP circuit, poised to ride the Triumph Moto2 prototype motorbike

Exciting action at historic 2018 season closer

November 18, 2018


Triumph race engines are supplied fully tested for reliability and consistency, producing more than 138 peak horsepower output.

Engine Testing and Development

Triumph completed a multi-phase testing program focused on maximizing performance, durability and drivability, including:

  • An extensive two-year engine development program consisting of factory-based dynamometer sessions and multiple locations for on-track testing
  • More than 2,500 “race pace” laps were completed at a range of top European circuits
  • Developments included the application of high performance coatings to key internal components for enhanced performance
  • Completed engine “double-lifecycle” in continuous track durability testing


Stuart Wood, Triumph Chief Engineer, said: “Triumph have been extremely warmly welcomed by Dorna, its partners and the press. It really feels like people share our excitement in Triumph’s entry into factory supported, top-flight motorcycle racing. We are confident that our engine development program has been extremely comprehensive and that the increased power, wide spread of torque and amazing triple sound will bring exciting racing in 2019.”

To understand the background of our engine platform development, our Triumph Moto2™ Triple race engines were created based on our 765cc Street Triple RS engine, itself derived originally from the iconic Daytona 675cc supersport motorcycle.

These new race engines are built to bring more power and torque, designed to rev harder and spin with lower inertia, all delivered in a lighter-weight package.

Our Street Triple RS engine was launched with over 80 new parts from the previous generation Street Triple. The developed race engine goes even further incorporating the following changes:

  • Modified cylinder head with revised inlet and exhaust ports for optimized fuel flow
  • Higher compression ratio
  • Titanium valves, stiffer valve springs and revised cam timing for increased rpms
  • High-flow fuel injectors
  • Low inertia race alternator kit
  • Revised 1st and 2nd gear ratios
  • Race-developed slipper clutch (tunable)
  • Race-specific ECU, developed with Magneti Marelli
  • Revised engine covers for reduced width
  • Different sump for improved exhaust header run


ECU development testing

Triumph also supported extensive ECU development testing with Magneti Marelli.  This was a track-focused development program. In collaboration with Magneti Marelli, Triumph supplied the base data and the provision of engines, a full test mule and a Triumph technical support team.


Chassis development testing

Triumph supplied development engines via Externpro to the chassis manufacturers to test. These tests included current and former Moto2™ championship racers. Triumph additionally provided ECU development input to the chassis manufacturers.


James Toseland’s Parade Lap aboard the Triumph Moto2™ Engine Prototype Motorcycle, Valencia November 18

Triumph Ambassador James Toseland took to a wet Valencia track on race day, between the Moto2 and Moto3 races, to showcase the future of Moto2 and the upcoming 2019 season for thousands of race fans. James treated the crowd to some magic Triumph Triple sound. James, who also commented for BT Sport during the race weekend, really enjoyed the short but sweet parade lap.


Sound recording for 2019 Moto GP™ Game

Working with Dorna, Triumph provided its Moto2™ engine prototype for recording, so that it will be included in the 2019 Moto GP™ game. The signature Triumph Triple engine will be replicated digitally, to treat online race fans new and old to a wall of British Triple sound!

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