By Ryan Adams
Watching the sunset from the British Racing Drivers’ Clubhouse aside the Silverstone circuit was one I won’t soon forget. Of course, I wasn’t there to enjoy the sunset and hors d’oeuvres. Motorcycle.com had the North American exclusive coverage of the media launch of the new Triumph Daytona Moto2 765 ahead of the MotoGP weekend at the British circuit.
Just after dusk, Dorna CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta and Triumph CEO Nick Bloor pulled the covers off of the carbon-clad, 765 Triple-powered limited edition sportbikes. While we’ve already shared the bulk of the information surrounding the new Daytona, we were able to learn a bit more about Triumph’s outlook and positioning for this model while also capturing other information not yet made available. At the end of the night I also had the opportunity to interview Triumph’s Chief Product Officer, Steve Sargent regarding the company’s involvement in Moto2, as well as Chief Engineer Stuart Wood to discuss the new model.
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Probably the most significant news we weren’t already privy to is the fact that Triumph has no plans to follow this limited release with a production Daytona 765. That’s right. We’re told if you’re interested in this top-spec Daytona, you’ve got 765 chances or rather 465 or so since I overheard approximately 300 are already sold via pre-order.
While this is disheartening news for fans of the Triumph sportbike, after seeing the new model introduced, it’s not entirely surprising. The Daytona Moto2 765 looks, well, like a 2017 Daytona with gorgeous carbon-fiber bodywork and top-o-the-line componentry thrown on it. Furthermore, some of the new componentry to this 2020 model isn’t actually new to the brand. Features like the TFT display, ride modes, and …read more