Rumors suggest Triumph Motorcycles has agreed to become the official engine supplier of the Moto2 world championship starting in 2019.
The racing world is abuzz with the rumor that British manufacturer Triumph will replace Honda as the supplier of Moto2 Grand Prix racing engines starting in the 2019 season. Reportedly Triumph will supply 750cc engines based on the Street Triple as a replacement for the Honda CBR600RR powerplants, which have been the spec engines since the inception of the class in 2011.
Triumph has campaigned a 675cc triple in AMA and Canadian Superbike racing, and a twin in AMA Pro Flat Track racing. They also have the Racing Partners Purchase Program, which offers race bikes and parts at reduced prices to amateur and professional racers.
When asked about the Moto2 rumors, Triumph Chief Commercial Officer Paul Stroud smiled broadly and said simply: "Triumph has a policy of not commenting on rumors."
Whether that smile was quiet confirmation of the rumor, or amusement that it exists, is anyone's guess. If it were to happen, the Moto2 program would mark the first British engine in Grand Prix racing in decades, with the last win coming 48 years ago when Godfrey Nash won the 1969 Yugoslavian Grand Prix for Norton.