Moto2™ Records fall with new Triumph 765cc engine
LANDMARK TESTING WEEKEND AT JEREZ
- Moto2 riders from 2019 teams complete a full weekend of testing at Jerez race track.
- Two testing laps completed inside previously recorded Jerez circuit Moto2™ fastest lap
- Team feedback – “We are ready for 2019 season”
On 23rd – 25th November Triumph attended the final testing weekend of 2018 at Jerez race track, with 2019 Moto2™ race teams trialling their new race bikes ahead of next season.
On Saturday 24th, two 2019 Moto2™ championship contenders riding different machines, both featuring the new 2019 Triumph triple 765cc race engine, recorded practice lap times inside the fastest recorded lap of Jerez Circuit of 1 minute 41 seconds (1'41.890). This is a landmark achievement in one of the first times the riders have ridden 2019 season race bikes in their new configurations.
On Sunday, it was predicted that riders would go even faster, but weather conditions prevented this. All teams used the full weekend on track to complete more testing, development and set up ahead of the forthcoming 2019 Moto2™ race season.
Steve Sargent, Triumph Chief Product Officer said; “This weekend feels like the culmination of 2 years of hard work by many people in Triumph. To hear all the bikes out on track at the same time is a dream come true for Triumph. We had direct and overwhelmingly positive feedback from the teams at Jerez as they gear up for the 2019 season. Bring on Qatar!”
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For further information contact Tom Robinson on Tom.Robinson@Triumph.co.uk
Engine Testing and Development
Triumph has completed a multiple phase testing programme focused on maximising; performance, durability and drivability, including;
- An extensive 2 year engine development program of factory-based, dynamometer and multiple track locations for testing.
- More than 2,500 “race pace” laps have been completed at a range of European circuits
- Developments include the application of high performance coatings to key internal components for enhanced performance
- Completed engine “double-lifecycle” in continuous track durability testing
To understand the background of our engine platform development, our Triumph Moto2™ triple race engines have been created based on our 765cc Street Triple RS engine, itself derived originally from the iconic Daytona Supersports 675cc bike.
These new race engines are built to bring more power and torque, designed to rev harder and run with a lower inertia and all delivered in a lighter weight package.
Our Street Triple RS engine was launched with over 80 new parts from the previous generation of Street Triple and with the race engine in addition; we have made these changes;
- Modified cylinder head with revised inlet & exhaust ports for optimised gas flow
- Higher compression ratio
- Titanium valves & stiffer valve springs revised cam timing > for increased rpm
- High Flow Fuel Injectors
- Low inertia race kit alternator
- Revised 1st and 2nd gear ratios
- Race developed slipper clutch (tuneable)
- Race ECU, Magneti Marelli
- Revised engine covers for reduced width
- Different sump for improved exhaust header run
ECU development testing
Triumph has also supported extensive ECU development testing with Magneti Marelli. This has been a track focused development program. In collaboration with Magneti Marelli, Triumph has supplied the base data and the provision of engines, a full test mule and Triumph technical support team.
Chassis development testing
Triumph has supplied development engines via Externpro to the chassis manufacturers to test. These test have included current and former Moto2™ championship racers. Triumph has additionally provided ECU development input to the chassis manufacturers.
Notes to Editors
- First established in 1902, Triumph Motorcycles celebrated 110 years of motorcycle manufacture in 2012. For more than two decades, Triumph Motorcycles has been based in Hinckley, Leicestershire, and has produced iconic bikes that perfectly blend authentic design, character, charisma and performance.
- Building around 65,000 bikes per year, Triumph is the largest British motorcycle manufacturer and has around 620 dealers across the world.
- This focus, innovation and engineering passion has today created a broad range of bikes suited to all motorcycle riders, including the iconic new Scrambler 1200, epic Speed Triple, the game changing all new Street Triple 765, the class defining Tiger 800, transcontinental Tiger 1200, iconic Triumph Bonneville family including the stunning Bonneville Bobber, legendary Thruxton, accessible Street Twin, Street Scramble and iconic Bonneville T120 and T100, plus an exciting and accessible A2 range of Triumph motorcycles
- Triumph currently employs around 2,000 personnel worldwide and has subsidiary operations in the UK, North America, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Japan, Sweden (Scandinavia), Benelux, Brazil, India and Thailand as well as a network of independent distributors. Triumph has manufacturing facilities in Hinckley, Leicestershire, and Thailand plus CKD facilities in Brazil and India.
- The Triumph Bonneville, famously named to celebrate Triumph’s 1956 land speed record on the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah, USA, was the original British superbike and a race-winner straight out of the crate. Chosen by famous motorcyclists of the past for its legendary handling, style, and character. It’s that handling, character and style, married to modern rider-focused technology that makes the new Bonneville family THE authentic modern classic choice today.
- Triumph holds a unique place in the history of the International Six Day Trials as the motorcycle of choice for both the multiple winning British teams and famously Steve McQueen’s US ride entry in 1964.