Triumph is the new engine supplier for the Moto2 race series from the 2019 season onwards, replacing Honda. This confirms rumours that have been running in the paddock for a while now. The new engine will be a Street Triple 765 engine modified for race use.
The engine will be based on the Street Triple RS, but will have a modified cylinder head with bigger valves and ports for better airflow, titanium valves with stiffer springs for a higher rev limit (one that hasn't been disclosed), a low output race alternator that has reduced inertia, a taller first gear, a tunable slipper clutch, a race ECU developed with Magneti Marelli, slimmer engine covers that should allow for narrower fairings and better cornering clearance, and a sump that is more symmetrical that allows for exhaust headers to run back from either side of the engine.
Triumph has said it will not enter the class as a chassis supplier, as it will go against the spirit of the class. The new move has fueled renewed speculation about a Daytona 765, but nobody at Triumph is commenting on product plans at the moment.