The worst kept secret in the MotoGP paddock was finally made official today when Triumph was announced as the future engine supplier for the Moto2 World Championship.
The deal with Moto2 commercial rights holder Dorna will see Triumph serve as exclusive engine supplier to the category for three years, effective from the 2019 season. The Triumph triples will replace the 600cc Honda fours that have been used in the Moto2 class since it launched in 2010.
The actual engine used will be a race-tuned version of the 765cc three-cylinder engine from Triumph’s latest Street Triple road bike, specifically the top-spec Street Triple RS.
Changes made to this engine to suit Moto2 competition include a modified cylinder head with revised porting, titanium valves and stronger valve springs, as well as a race-spec alternator, Magneti Marelli-developed race ECU, slimmer engine covers and a modified sump. A tuneable, race-developed slipper clutch will be standard, along with a taller first gear ratio.
In roadgoing trim, this triple produces 95kW and 77Nm. How much more power and torque the race-spec engines are expected to produce has not been revealed, but around 100kW has been rumoured. Triumph, who have shown no interest in also supplying a chassis to the series, only state that the engines will breathe freer and rev harder.
Carmelo Ezpeleta, CEO of Dorna, said: “We are very excited to be working with one of the world’s most iconic motorcycle brands. The Triumph triple engines are renowned for their strong, linear power and torque delivery and have achieved many successes on the track making them the ideal choice for the Moto2 Championship. We are looking forward to the 2019 season and the beginning of a new generation of Moto2 in partnership with Triumph.”
Paul Stroud, CCO of Triumph Motorcycles, added: “This is a significant moment for Triumph that brings an exciting new chapter to our 110-year racing history and builds on our celebrated TT and Supersports race winning triple engines.
“We look forward to a long and thrilling relationship with Dorna and the Moto2 teams, riders and fans.”
The engines have been in development for the past six months and are expected to undergo full race testing in next year’s CEV European Moto2 Championship before the 2019 international Moto2 series debut.
The Triumph engines will be matched to ECUs from Magneti Marelli; the Italian company winning the tender to supply the control ECU back in January. Like Triumph, these ECUs will be implemented from 2019 in a three-year deal.