More new lap records in Austria as Triumph powers another Moto2™ race winner with stunning Brad Binder victory
Brad Binder became the fifth different Moto2 winner of the 2019 season in Austria, as Triumph powered the Red Bull KTM Ajo rider to a dominant victory that was nearly lights-to-flag. Having qualified second, he took the lead into turn one on the opening lap, and whilst he never relinquished the lead he came under intense pressure from championship leader Alex Marquez.
Marquez came through from a qualifying position of 11th to move into second with five laps remaining, but didn’t have an answer to Binder who took his first win of 2019 and his fifth in the Moto2 category by 0.3seconds.
Meanwhile, Tetsuta Nagashima set a blistering pole position time for a new overall circuit Moto2 record, and in the race Luca Marini set another new lap record and a fastest top speed of 265.3kmh for another clean sweep with Triumph 765cc power.
After 11 rounds of the season, Marquez leads the title chase ahead of Thomas Luthi, with Jorge Navarro third. After his early dominance of three wins from the first four races, Lorenzo Baldassarri is fifth, showing how the class is evolving as the teams and riders adapt to the new Triumph 765cc triple engine.
Steve Sargent, Triumph’s Chief Product Officer, said: “It’s fantastic to see another rider, this time, Brad Binder on the top step of the podium in the second half of our first Moto2 season, continuing to demonstrate just how close the competition is, as the field continues to learn the capability and performance of our 765cc engine. Another clean sweep of lap and top speed records is a great demonstration of how the class is progressing. With the amazing surroundings here in Austria, the scene is set for what I’m sure will be equally amazing racing over the next eight rounds as the title race really heats up.”
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 the Moto2 series is the British Grand Prix at Silverstone on 25 August, which will be a very special event for Triumph with the global debut of a very exciting motorcycle.
Notes to Editors
- The Triumph Moto2™ 765cc race engine is a development of the class-leading Street Triple RS 765cc road motorcycle with 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.
(For further information contact Tom Robinson on Tom.Robinson@Triumph.co.uk )