Do you remember when we told that MotoGP was dropping Honda’s CBR600RR engine in favor of Triumph’s Street Triple as the base for the Moto2 category? Well, there has been further developments! But what does this mean for the new Moto2 category coming in 2019?
The New Moto2 Engine *Update*!!!
The first thing you need to know is that Moto2 veteran Julian Simon has been acquired as the test rider for Triumph’s new Moto2 engine. This makes a lot of sense considering the years of experience and podiums Simon has won in the Moto 2 class.
The next thing you need to know is that the factory has just concluded hard testing at Motorland Aragon, and word is things went well. Simon took a Street Triple RS engine out on the track to test its performance and durability during race conditions. The triple was bolted into a modified Daytona 675 chassis and let loose on the Spanish track.
Simon later went on to report that the he was happy with the engine’s performance, and he could fee big improvements over previous incarnations of the Moto2 engine. This latest test mule had a new tuneable slipper clutch, longer 1st gear, and new cylinder heads with titanium valves and stiffer springs. The 756cc inline triple reportedly produces 121 horsepower in its production form, but these latest improvements will push the engine’s limits well beyond that.
The new Moto2 class is expected to premiere in 2019, which means teams and chassis builders will need access to the engine soon. Right now, Triumph is expected to deliver those engines by June of 2018, and though they are moving on schedule now, there’s no telling if gremlins could appear later in the process.
The attorneys who ride at Metier Law Firm can’t wait to see this new class of racing debut!