Sure, this is supposed to be all about the engine, but let’s be honest about what we really want to see.
The announcement earlier this year that Triumph had won the Moto2 contract, taking over from the outgoing Honda was met with surprise, a little bit of British patriotism and general excitement about the future of the mid-weight sportsbike market.
With Honda essentially pulling out of the mid-weight segment, Ducati deciding that 959cc is perfectly small enough thank you very much and the other manufacturers paying the segment lip-service at best, those of us who yearn for a decent, middleweight sportsbike are looking to Triumph to satisfactorily fill the void.
That means that this latest update and video from the British manufacturer detailing the development of the Moto2 engine for delivery in June 2018 – ready for the ’19 season – has us a little more excited than perhaps we should be.
Why? Well, let’s put it this way. If you were the engine manufacturer for a World Championship series and had spent years developing an engine to suit that displacement size perfectly what would your next step along the project plan be? How could your next milestone not be the launch of a road-going version of the same machine!
As for the development of the engine itself, Steve Sargent, the Chief Product Officer for Triumph seems to think that it’s all going swimmingly,
“At this stage of the development programme we are in a good place. We are very pleased with the pace that Julian [Simon, test rider and 2009 125cc World Champion] is showing with the latest engine and his feedback has been very positive. We have confidence that we will deliver an engine that the teams will enjoy racing with and a spectacle and sound that will excite the fans.”
Which we’re sure is both great news for Triumph and Moto2, but even better news for those of us who still have a hankering for the Daytona and everything that it represents.