Exciting action at historic 2018 season closer

  • Engine Development Press Conference
    Triumph Motorcycles presents at Moto2™ press conference alongside Externpro, Magneti Marelli and Dorna and publishes power figures for Triumph Moto2™ race engines.
  • James Toseland Parade Lap aboard Triumph Moto2™ Engine Prototype Motorcycle
    Triumph ambassador James Toseland completes a historic race day Parade Lap aboard the Triumph Moto2™ Engine Prototype motorcycle, at the Valencia MotoGP™ season finale.
  • Sound recording for 2019 Moto GP™ Game
    Triumph’s signature triple race engine sound captured for 2019 MotoGP™ game


Engine Development Press Conference, Valencia 19th November

Triumph race engines are going to be supplied, fully tested for reliability and consistency, producing more than 140 PS at peak power output.

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

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 programme 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 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.

James Toseland Parade Lap aboard Triumph Moto2™ Engine Prototype Motorcycle, Valencia 18th November

Triumph Ambassador James Toseland took to the wet Valencia track on Sunday 18th on race day, in between Moto2 and Moto3 races to showcase the future of Moto2, to thousands of race fans, for the forthcoming 2019 season. James treated the crowd to some magic Triumph triple sound. James who was also commentating for BT Sport during the race weekend really enjoyed a short, but sweet parade lap. 


Sound recording for 2019 Moto GP™ Game

Working with Dorna, Triumph provided its Moto2™ Engine Prototype Motorcycle for recording, so that it will be included within 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 sound!


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Notes to Editors

About Triumph 

  • 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.


About James Toseland
James Toseland became the man to beat in high level motorcycle racing from the early 2000s having completed 5 consecutive years of the World Superbike Championship finishing in the top 4 positions between 2003 and 2007.

James’s determination really paid off becoming a 2 time World Superbike Championship winner in 2004 and 2007, riding for different manufacturers. He also completed two years of racing in MotoGP, the premier class of the sport, during 2008 and 2009.

James is a multi-faceted individual; as an experienced presenter, he is currently retained by BT Sport as a commentator in the Moto GP, Moto2 and Moto3 series. James has also utilised his experience to mentor and develop many young riders coming into the sport. James’s other clear passion is music and alongside his multi-award winning wife Katie Melua, James himself is an accomplished musician and his band “Toseland” tour extensively.

Association with Triumph
James Toseland joins Charley Boorman representing Triumph Motorcycles on a Global stage, supporting an extensive network of national Brand ambassadors across the World. James will be commentating on the 2019 Moto2 season, which will be exclusively powered by Triumph 765cc Triple engines (a development of the powerful Street Triple RS powerplant) in addition to attending key Triumph events, promoting and showcasing the Brand to a growing audience of Triumph fans young and old.