Triumph will compete in the 2024 FIM Motocross World Championship
On September 23, Triumph Motorcycles confirmed its intention to compete in the 2024 FIM Motocross World Championship, organized by the Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme and divided into two distinct classes: MXGP and MX2.
Triumph has also announced that the company will have a factory-supported racing program under an all-new Triumph Racing banner, which will now cover all of Triumph’s racing-related activities, including Moto2 and Supersport racing. This new Triumph Racing Team represents a partnership with successful team owner Thierry Chizat-Suzzoni, who will field two of Triumph’s all-new 250cc 4-stroke MX bikes in the 2024 MX2 class and add an entry into the 450cc MXGP class. in 2025.
In addition to its partnership with Chizat-Suzzoni, Triumph has also announced that its longtime team manager, Vincent Bereni, will lead the team, supported by Triumph’s in-house motocross design engineering department. Chizat-Suzzoni and Bereni’s track record includes more than 80 MXGP World Championship victories and a reputation for technical excellence and preparation. As part of Triumph Racing’s portfolio of commitments, the team will focus on the FIM Motocross World Championship – in MX2 and MXGP, as well as developing technology and talent to build Triumph’s future strength in international motocross races.
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In a media statement accompanying the announcement, Triumph CEO Nick Bloor said the new partnership with Chizat-Suzzoni demonstrates the company’s “long-term commitment to competing at the highest levels of racing”, and he called Triumph’s entry into the FIM Motocross World Championship a “marking moment”.
“We share a passion for world-class performance, and the experience that Thierry and his team will bring will prove invaluable in our ambition to leave our mark on a very competitive championship,” said Bloor.
Triumph Racing is based at Triumph’s global headquarters in Hinckley, UK, where the brand’s research, design, engineering development and prototype build is located, and the Motocross World Championship team will be based at Thierry’s race site near Eindhoven in Holland, where the race team, staff, operations and competition development will be housed.
Triumph said the Triumph factory and race team engineering groups are working closely together to continuously improve chassis and engine performance through an ongoing intensive testing program in the USA, in the UK and mainland Europe, with a view to the first MX2 Grand Prix of the 2024. FIM Motocross World Championship.
Chizat-Suzzoni said he was happy with the progress on the bike.
“It looks great, has speed on the track, and Vincent and my team are working with Hinckley engineers to make it a competitive package,” he said. “MXGP continues to grow around the world. I’m very happy to be back and can’t wait to race with Triumph.
David Luongo, CEO of Infront Moto Racing, which handles the exclusive worldwide television, marketing and promotional rights to the FIM Motocross World Championship, said Triumph’s announcement was “probably one of the most significant of in recent years,” and he backed Chizat-Suzzoni’s claim about the popularity of MXGP.
“With an average of 19 events per year, it provides the best platform for manufacturers to develop their bikes, components and advertise them around the world,” he said. “From Asia to South America to Europe, MXGP covers all the different markets and reaches most off-road fans around the world.”
Although getting into FIM Motocross is new to Triumph, Triumph engines are not new to FIM. Since the start of the 2019 season, Triumph has been the exclusive engine supplier to the FIM Moto2 World Championship, supplying all teams with race-tuned 765cc triples based on the Street Triple RS. The success of Triumph engines in Moto2 has been demonstrated by a top speed record and 11 all-time lap records. In 2021, Triumph announced that it had renewed its contract as exclusive engine supplier to FIM Moto2 for a further three years.
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Triumph said testing of the new motocross and enduro bikes is well underway and information on each model’s specifications, performance features and components will be released soon.
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