For a brand with almost 120 years of history, Triumph has finally made an emphatic impact on FIM Grand Prix racing in 2019. The Hinckley firm used the British Grand Prix at Silverstone last weekend – round 12 of 19 – to unveil its new Daytona 765 sports bike; the machine that has been derived from the company’s position as official engine supplier to Moto2 (the intermediate class of MotoGP), during which Triumph assisted five riders to victory and 10 to podium positions in their first season.
Lap records have fallen at almost every single race as the three-cylinder motor has re-energised a competition that had been powered by a Honda 600cc powerplant from 2010-2018.
“The biggest comment came from the riders when some said ‘This now feels like a real racing motorcycle’,” says Trevor Morris, technical director of ExternPro; the Spain-based company that is the intermediary between Triumph, the teams and electronics firm Magneti Marelli, and has been the technical curator of Moto2 since its inception in 2010.
“With the Honda the riders always felt they had a prototype chassis, prototype suspension and brakes but with the underlying sensation that there was a production engine in the bike. There was something missing in the DNA of Moto2 and we have that now.”