Renowned British manufacturer Triumph is set to replace Honda as Moto2’s sole engine provider at the beginning of the 2019 season. Honda to focus on premier class.
It’s been nine long years since Honda first took the reins over Moto2, and it looks like they won’t be keen to do it again after their contract expires. After Moto2 flipped itself upside-down in 2010 with the removal of their 250cc bikes with the four-cylinder CBR 600RR engines, the gap between Moto2 and MotoGP became a significantly shorter one. Yet it looks like Honda has its eyes set on the premier class.
Dorna Sports first attempted to replace Honda with MV Agusta, the Varese-based Italian manufacturer. After MV Agusta bailed out of the talks citing project costs, Dorna approached Triumph – and it looks like they’re more than eager to take their stab at the sport.
Triumph will be supplying teams with three-cylinder 750cc engines. Now, any change in the world of Motorsports can cause ripples that can impact the state of the race; but swapping out the core of the machine will have far-reaching impacts without a doubt. It’s far too early to tell what sort of changes Triumph will bring to the table, but their involvement is sure to bring a whole slew of excitement and uncertainty to the sport.
Which, if we’re being frank, will be much-needed. Moto2 and Moto3 have suffered from a falling lack of interest in recent years as their bigger brother has overshadowed them at nearly every season. Not to mention that the continuous technological improvements have led to an era where teenagers can race in a premier class. I’m looking at you, Marquez.
Triumph has already signed the agreement with Dorna, but it’s not likely that it will be announced until the opening race of the 2017 in Qatar.