So where’s the new Daytona?
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.