So where’s the new Day­tona?

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With so much fo­cus on per­for­mance, will the firm’s Day­tona su­pers­port bike fea­ture as ei­ther the chicken or the egg in the Moto2 en­gine story? “We’re not com­ment­ing on prod­uct plans,” comes the an­swer af­ter a short si­lence. “In the last 12 months we’ve launched 14 new models,” says Stroud “our plans go­ing for­ward are equally as ex­cit­ing.”

The project is likely to have rein­vig­o­rated in­ter­est at Tri­umph in the fu­ture of the Day­tona. The 675 en­gine doesn’t meet Euro4, but can be sold un­der dero­ga­tion un­til 2019 – the same year in which Tri­umph will blast onto the world rac­ing stage in Moto2.

That al­most guar­an­tees that it’ll be re­placed by the 765, doesn’t it? Well, no – but we wouldn’t bet against it. While the su­pers­port mar­ket is in a malaise so deep that it’s hard to imag­ine why any firms are both­er­ing, the ex­am­ple Du­cati have set with over­sized mid-ca­pac­ity sports­bikes – and the com­mon ac­cep­tance that litre- class su­per­bikes are just ‘ too much’ on the road – makes the thought of a Day­tona 765 truly mouth-wa­ter­ing.

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