Scary brake pad bodge job

How Tri­umph’s new en­gine will shake-up the class

MCN - - CONTENTS - By Si­monPat­ter­son MO­TOGP RE­PORTER

Moto2’s new Tri­umph en­gine re­ceived al­most uni­ver­sal ap­proval first time out in test­ing at Jerez, with riders rav­ing about the new 765cc unit that re­placed Honda’s CBR600based en­gine af­ter a decade of ser­vice. Dur­ing the three-day test lap times fell with many teams un­der the lap record.

The three-cylin­der en­gine was cho­sen in a bid to rein­vig­o­rate the class by chang­ing rid­ing styles. With more ca­pac­ity but one less cylin­der, the Tri­umph not only makes around 15bhp more than the Honda, but gives a sig­nif­i­cant in­crease in torque, too.

That means rid­ing styles should be closer to Mo­toGP’s heavy brak­ing and ac­cel­er­at­ing, and so be a bet­ter step­ping stone to the pre­mier class. At Jerez, mid­corner speed was down al­most 10mph over the Honda, yet lap times were faster. Lead­ing Brit Sam Lowes was sec­ond fastest over­all and was sur­prised how good the Tri­umph was straight away. “I thought it might be re­ally strange but it feels great,” he told MCN. “I got on it, rode it, and im­me­di­ately thought it was mint. There’s a lot more low-down power and it’s go­ing to make a big of dif­fer­ence be­cause I’ll be a bit more in­volved as a rider. “There’ll be more than one way to make a lap time, with some riders fast and flow­ing, but oth­ers more stop-start and us­ing the power off the cor­ners the way I do. With the Honda, you couldn’t do that be­cause there was no power, but now there’s lots of lines through ev­ery cor­ner and that should make for bet­ter rac­ing.” Lowes fin­ished be­hind Ital­ian Luca Marini de­spite not hav­ing the new Dun­lop tyre Marini used to set his time. The 28-year-old Brit leaves the test de­lighted with his per­for­mance and his new Gresini squad af­ter a dif­fi­cult 2018 with the now-in­sol­vent Swiss In­no­va­tive In­vestors team.

He wasn’t the only Brit to have a good week­end at Jerez, with rookie Jake Dixon mak­ing strong head­way on the An­gel Ni­eto KTM. The British Su­per­bike run­nerup topped one wet ses­sion and fin­ished the three-day test 28th over­all, two and a half sec­onds off Marini.

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