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Powering Moto2™

8th June 2017

Triumph Chief Commercial Officer and Chief Product Officer with Dorna CEO at Moto2 Press release announcing Triumph as the official engine provider fro Moto2


June 8, 2017

Today, Triumph Motorcycles was announced as the exclusive engine supplier to the FIM Moto2TM World Championship from the 2019 season onwards.

Triumph signed a three-year contract with Dorna – the commercial rights holder of MotoGPTM – to supply a dedicated, race-tuned 765cc Triumph Triple engine based on the all-new 2017 Triumph Street Triple engine.

The new engine is a significant evolution of the race-winning Daytona 675R engine that powered supersport wins at the Isle of Man TT, Daytona 200 and British Supersport Championships in 2014 and 2015.

Based on the highest specification 765cc Street Triple RS engine, it was developed for Moto2TM with the following modifications:

  • Modified cylinder head with revised inlet and exhaust ports for optimized fuel flow
  • Titanium valves and stiffer valve springs for increased rpms
  • Low output race alternator kit for reduced inertia
  • Taller 1st gear ratio
  • Race developed slipper clutch (tunable)
  • Race-specific ECU developed with Magneti Marelli
  • Revised engine covers for reduced width
  • Different sump to allow for improved header run


The engine

Based on the new 2017 Street Triple engine, the Triumph Moto2TM 765cc triple engine was developed and tuned for a major step up in power and torque.

In ‘road’ setup the new 765cc engine delivers the highest-ever level of performance for a Street Triple, delivering 121 horsepower at 11,700 rpm and 57 foot-pounds of torque at 10,800 rpm.

It has more than 80 new parts compared to the previous generation engine, including an increase to the bore and stroke. All-new engine components include:

  • New crank
  • New pistons
  • New connecting rods and balancer shaft
  • Nikasil plated aluminum barrels
  • Revised gearbox

The race-specification Triumph 765cc Moto2 engine was developed further to allow the engine to breathe more freely and rev harder than the production motorcycle, increasing overall performance. Other changes were made specifically to adapt the engine for race use. 

To see a CGI film of the Triumph Moto2 engine click here:

Paul Stroud, Chief Commercial Officer for Triumph Motorcycles, said: “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 supersport race-winning Triple engines. We look forward to a long and thrilling relationship with Dorna and the Moto2TM teams, riders and fans.” 

Carmelo Ezpeleta, Chief Executive Officer of Dorna, added: “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 Moto2TM Championship. We are looking forward to the 2019 season and the beginning of a new generation of Moto2TM in partnership with Triumph.”

Hervé Poncharal, President of IRTA, stated: “Moto2™ is a key category in feeding talent into MotoGP™. We’re seeing a lot of top riders in MotoGP all come through the intermediate category. The arrival of Triumph as the sole engine supplier and with new ECUs in the intermediate class, marks a new era that is sure to prove another incredible step in its evolution, making it remain the ultimate category on the way to MotoGP.”

Trevor Morris, Technical Director from Externpro, who will be responsible for the final preparation of the engines for the race series, commented: “It is incredibly exciting to be working in conjunction with the iconic Triumph motorcycle company in supplying engines for the Moto2TM World Championship. I have been a fan of the triple engine for a long time; its unique characteristics and performance will ensure and enhance the future success of the championship.”

Julián Simón, 2009 125cc World Champion and Moto2 runner-up and experienced Moto2TM test rider, who has been involved with the engine development testing at Aragon, said: “The engine feels strong and in particular the mid-range is very impressive. The feel between the throttle and the rear wheel is very direct and controllable. The general feeling is very good and the engine already shows great potential.”

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