Fernandez takes his second win of 2019 as Triumph power smashes Silverstone lap record by two seconds
The race also played host to the reveal and dynamic debut of the new Triumph Daytona Moto2™ 765 Limited Edition with MotoGP™ legend Loris Capirossi
A scorching British Grand Prix got underway this weekend with the global reveal of the all-new Daytona Moto2™ 765 Limited Edition, launched at the home of British motorsport, the exclusive British Racing Drivers’ Club. In addition, moments before the start of the Moto2™ race, former middleweight World Champion and MotoGP legend Loris Capirossi demonstrated the bike to the fans with a parade lap around the Silverstone circuit.
From the start the pace of the weekend was as hot as the newly-laid tarmac, and the lap records fell in the very first session of the weekend. The field continued to get even quicker, and by the end of the weekend there was a new lap record, a new outright fastest lap and a new top speed record.
After a rare mistake from Alex Marquez, when he crashed out of the lead, the battle for the win was an intense one between Augusto Fernandez and Jorge Navarro, who on the Speed Up machine was fighting for what would have been his first win of the season, and indeed of his Moto2™ career.
Controlling much of the second half of the race from the front, he carried a slim advantage of 0.1seconds into the final lap. But a resurgent Fernandez, who slipped to 6th on the opening lap, proved just too strong.
It means that Marquez still leads the title chase, albeit with a reduced 35-point lead now, but Fernandez, Luthi and Navarro are on equal points sharing what is effectively joint second position in the championship.
Steve Sargent, Triumph’s Chief Product Officer, said: ““What a weekend it’s been for Triumph and for racing fans – stunning weather, fantastic racing, incredible pace with another clean sweep of lap and speed records. Congratulations to Augusto Fernandez and the Pons team for an exciting last lap victory. The championship is now very open with three riders on equal points behind leader Alex Marquez. In addition to the superb racing, Friday saw the global launch of our new Daytona Moto2 765 Limited Edition which Loris Capirossi rode on a parade lap on Sunday. There were also huge crowds to see Peter Hickman on the Triumph stand on Saturday – it’s been absolutely action-packed and a weekend that marks a significant milestone in this modern era of Triumph in motorsport!”
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.
Next up for Moto2™ is the San Marino Grand Prix at Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli on 15 September. #PoweredByTriumph #TriumphOfficial
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Notes to Editors
- The Triumph Moto2™ 765cc race engine is a development of the class-leading Street Triple RS 765cc road motorcycle and is producing more than 140PS and the same visceral soundtrack.
- First established in 1902, Triumph Motorcycles celebrated 115 years of motorcycle manufacture in 2017. For more than three 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 650 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 Speed Twin, Bonneville Bobber, legendary Thruxton, accessible Street Twin, Street Scrambler 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 has a glorious racing history, competing in and winning races in almost every class and field of motorcycle sporting achievement. From winning the second ever Isle of Man TT in 1908, through to 1960s road and track domination in Europe and America, right up to contemporary racing achievements with the 675cc Triumph triple powered 2014 Daytona 200 win, the 2014 Isle of Man Supersports TT win, the 2014 and 2015 British Supersports titles and World SuperSport racing, and again this year, with another victory at the Isle of Man Supersports TT, piloted by Peter Hickman. And of course with the new generation 765cc triple engine powering the 2019 Moto2™ championship, Triumph’s racing legend continues.