Moto2 world championship race bikes will be powered by the new Triumph inline-3 engine from 2019 season. Triumph has been working on this engine for quite some time now. It seems that things are almost finished, as the engine has been put to test for the time on a race track.
The test was conducted at Aragon, Spain. There were three chassis manufacturer teams – Kalex, KTM, and NTS – which tested their new prototypes with Triumph’s 765cc, inline-3 engine. It was Alex Marquez and test rider Jesko Raffin astride the Kalex, the KTM was in the hands of Julian Simon, 2009 125cc World Champion and Moto2 runner-up and test rider Ricky Cardus, and the NTS was ridden by Moto2 and MotoGP rider Alex de Angelis.
Speaking about the test, Steve Sargent, Chief Product Officer, Triumph Motorcycles, said, “It was exciting to see the new chassis and our triple 756 cc engine together on the track for the first time, and better still to see such a great first test result. We are very pleased with the progress to date and impressed with the level of passion and effort from the chassis teams, the riders, the ECU team Magneti Marelli, Exernpro, and Dorna in developing the new generation of Moto2 motorcycles.”
The present Moto2 race machines are powered by Honda CBR600RR-sourced in-line four-cylinder engine. From the next season, this will be replaced by a much more powerful and bigger capacity Triumph engine. It’s the same engine that we’ve seen in the latest Street Triple, but, obviously, it has been completely redone to make it up to the standards of the Moto2 world championship. There will also be a new ECU by Magneti Marelli.