On 23rd – 25th November Triumph attended the final testing weekend of 2018 at Jerez race track, with 2019 Moto2™ race teams trialling their new race bikes ahead of next season.
On Saturday 24th, two 2019 Moto2™ championship contenders riding different machines, both featuring the new 2019 Triumph triple 765cc race engine, recorded practice lap times inside the fastest recorded lap of Jerez Circuit of 1 minute 41 seconds (1’41.890). This is a landmark achievement in one of the first times the riders have ridden 2019 season race bikes in their new configurations.
On Sunday, it was predicted that riders would go even faster, but weather conditions prevented this. All teams used the full weekend on track to complete more testing, development and set up ahead of the forthcoming 2019 Moto2™ race season.
Steve Sargent, Triumph Chief Product Officer said; “This weekend feels like the culmination of 2 years of hard work by many people in Triumph. To hear all the bikes out on track at the same time is a dream come true for Triumph. We had direct and overwhelmingly positive feedback from the teams at Jerez as they gear up for the 2019 season. Bring on Qatar!”
Triumph completed a multi phase testing programme focused on maximising; performance, durability and drivability that included an extensive 2 year engine development program of factory-based, dynamometer and multiple track locations for testing completing more than 2,500 “race pace” laps have been completed at a range of European circuits.
To understand the background of their engine platform development, the Triumph Moto2™ triple race engines have been created based on the 765cc Street Triple RS engine, itself derived originally from the iconic Daytona Supersports 675cc bike.
These new race engines are built to bring more power and torque, designed to rev harder and run with a lower inertia and all delivered in a lighter weight package.
Triumph has also supported extensive ECU development testing with Magneti Marelli. This has been a track focused development program. In collaboration with Magneti Marelli, Triumph has supplied the base data and the provision of engines, a full test mule and Triumph technical support team.
Development engines were supplied via Externpro to the chassis manufacturers to test. These test have included current and former Moto2™ championship racers. Triumph has additionally provided ECU development input to the chassis manufacturers.