British manufacturer Triumph says that it is ‘in a good place’ after conducting its second track test of the new 765cc three-cylinder engine that will be used in the Moto2 world championship from 2019.
The Leicestershire based company will take over from Honda as the sole engine supplier to the intermediate class and has been testing the Street Triple RS derived motor in a prototype chassis that appears to be based on the Daytona 675 supersport machine.
Former Moto2 championship runner up Julian Simon put the development machine through its paces at the Aragon circuit in Spain last week, with the 2009 125cc world champion claiming that the company has made major developments in the months since the initial shakedown tests. He said: “I am really happy to be here in Aragón testing the development of the 2019 Moto2 engines with Triumph. I can see there has been a big improvement with the latest engine, giving a great feeling. There’s a lot of power and the gearing is fantastic, and for the sound, this is also fantastic. To me, it’s fun.”
Triumph is mid-way through development of the Moto2 engine and will hand the final specification units over to Spanish company Externpro next June, when they will prepare the first batch of identically prepared race engines – which will be allocated at random to the participating teams.
Speaking after the test, Steve Sargent, Chief Product Officer at Triumph Motorcycles, added: “At this stage of the development programme we are in a good place. We are very pleased with the pace that Julian is showing with the latest engine and his feedback has been very positive. We have confidence that we will deliver an engine that the teams will enjoy racing with and a spectacle and sound that will excite the fans.”
Moto2, which is a support class to the MotoGP world championship, will continue to use Honda CBR600RR based engines next year, before the Triumph’s initial three-year supply deal starts in 2019.
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