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Should We Expect a Triumph Daytona 765 In The Near Future?

The Moto2 Engine Test Mule Looks Like The Preview Of A Future Triumph Daytona 765

Updated August 23, 2018

After being declared the chief engine supplier for the 2019 Moto2 season, will Triumph be pulling the covers off of a Daytona 765 sometime in the near future? They’ve already got the engine in the bag, and with the Moto2 contract in place, they have the reasoning to put it into a sportsbike body. So is it ever going to happen? After looking at the latest batch of test photos from Triumph, we’re almost convinced that a Daytona 765 for the average rider is on the way.

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Earlier on this year we were treated to the unveiling of a brand new engine from Triumph that sat in pride of place in their new 2017 Triumph Street Triple. Available in three distinct versions – the S, R, and RS – the new engine provided a notable power boost over the old school 675cc arrangement. And that’s all we heard – with no mention of a Daytona 765.

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Next, we were told that Triumph would be the official engine supplier for the Moto2 championship. Normally powered by Honda CBR600RR engines, this new arrangement has been a very interesting talking point for fans of the Moto2. Not only would the new triple cylinder engine Triumph 765 engine be an exciting change from the inline-four Honda 600 unit, but it provoked the question: will Triumph be using the Moto2 to help launch a new breed of Daytona? And if these testing photos are anything to go by, we’d say that the answer is a definite yes.

Is There A Triumph Daytona 765 On The Way?

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Triumph would be missing a golden opportunity if a Daytona 765 wasn’t in the pipeline, and from what their test riders and race engineers have to say, this 765 engine wrapped in a sportsbike package is quite the weapon. Here’s what Triumph’s Chief Product Officer, Steve Sargent had to say about the development of the new platform so far: “At this stage of the development program we are in a good place. We are very pleased with the pace that Julian is showing with the latest engine and his feedback has been very positive. We have confidence that we will deliver an engine that the teams will enjoy racing with and a spectacle and sound that will excite the fans.”

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Since Moto2 engines aren’t closely guarded company prototypes like you’d find in the MotoGP, we have a few details about exactly what Triumph have done to the 765 Street Triple engine to make it race ready. First, they’ve added a modified cylinder head and upgraded the inlet and exhaust ports for better gas flow. Triumph have also added titanium valves and stiffer valve springs, a taller first gear ratio, and a new sump to help improve the header run. Next, Triumph included a low-output race kit alternator to help reduce inertia. Other add on goodies include a new, tunable slipper clutch, a special race ECU (developed in partnership with Magneti Marelli), and new engine covers to give the engine a slimmer profile.

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Development test rider and former 125cc World Champion Julian Simon talked about the development progress after a recent test session in Aragon: “I am really happy to be here in Aragón testing the development of the 2019 Moto2 engines with Triumph. I can see there has been a big improvement with the latest engine, giving a great feeling. There’s a lot of power and the gearing is fantastic, and for the sound, this is also fantastic. To me, it’s fun.”

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While there’s no official indication that a Triumph Daytona 765 is in the works, we’d be very surprised if we’re wrong. Until then, we will be paying close attention to Triumph’s offerings at the upcoming international trade shows. Until then, enjoy these images of the Moto2 test mule!

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