MotoGP: Triumph and Dorna extend Moto2 engine partnership
Triumph Motorcycles will continue as the sole engine supplier in the Moto2 World Championship for the next three seasons (2022-2024) after signing a new contract with Dorna.
Since 2019, Triumph has provided all Moto2 teams with race-tuned 765cc triple engines, each of which is based on the Street Triple RS engine. The race engine revs harder and delivers a peak power output of more than 140PS - an increase of over 17% on the production engine.
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The Triumph engine has broken several records since taking over from Honda. New lap records have been set at 34 events, including records which have been broken and re-broken year-on-year. Meanwhile, the Triumph engine also powered Stefano Manzi to the first-ever 300+km/h top speed recording in the history of Moto2 at Phillip Island. The record speed was reached in 2019.
"Moto2 has been the perfect environment to showcase, and prove the reliability and performance advantages of, our triple engines, where we have seen the top 20 qualifying times consistently come within a second of each other," Triumph Chief Product Officer, Steve Sargent said. "Not only has it raised our profile and credibility on the world stage, for me the success of Moto2 has also been an incredible catalyst, reigniting the passion for racing within Triumph motorcycles.
"I am delighted to have played a part in this landmark activity for Triumph and excited to see the extension to another three seasons. We are committed to delivering further improvements to the performance of the engines, which we are sure will be appreciated by both the riders and the teams."
The increase in power and torque created from the Triumph engine, as well as a more advanced electronics package, appears to have had a positive effect on those who graduate to MotoGP - suggesting that Dorna's hopes of closing the gap between MotoGP and Moto2 is becoming a reality.
Brad Binder was victorious in only his third premier class appearance, whilst Jorge Martin has two poles and a victory from his first seven MotoGP events. 2019 Moto2 world champion Alex Marquez also secured a pair of second places in 2020. All eyes will be on 2021 Moto2 title fighters Remy Gardner and Raul Fernandez when they move to Tech3 KTM in 2022.
"Our first years together have been a wonderful success and I’d like to thank Triumph for their help and hard work over these first three years - especially during the pandemic,"Carlos Ezpeleta, Dorna Sports Managing Director, added.
"The FIM, IRTA and Dorna are happy with the results this project has shown and it’s validated the consistency of the steps between Moto3, Moto2 and MotoGP. Overall, we are pleased with the partnership, and we look forward to three more exciting years together."
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