Come 2019, the FIM (Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme) Moto2 World Championship motorycles will be powered by engines made by Triumph Motorcycles.
The British bike maker has signed a three-year contract with Dorna – the commercial rights holder of MotoGP – to supply race-spec 765cc, three-cylinder engines for Moto2 bikes. This motor is based on the one found in the 2017 Triumph Street Triple RS.
The Moto2-spec engine features a few key modifications over the road-legal Street Triple’s powerplant. These include revised inlet and exhaust ports for optimised gas flow, titanium valves and stiffer valve springs which are more durable at high engine speeds, a race-spec ECU (by Magneti Marelli) and slipper-clutch, and a taller first gear.
While the engine makes 123PS and 77Nm of peak power and torque in the Street Triple, the aforementioned modifications will result in a significant bump in outputs in the Moto2 bikes.
Speaking about the contract with Dorna, 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 Supersports 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. We are looking forward to the 2019 season and the beginning of a new generation of Moto2TM in partnership with Triumph.”