Lorenzo Baldassari wins Triumph Moto2 debut
Last weekend marked the first Moto2 race using the new regulation power plant, a 765cc inline-three built by Triumph.
While power numbers are kept close to the vest, trackside rumblings mentioned an increase of 30 horses over the older Honda 600cc four. Officially, the number is “over 138hp” but an educated guess reckons the Trumpy donks are producing between 150 and 160hp.
That extra power meant the Marcel Schrotter’s pole-winning lap was just under two seconds faster than Alex Marquez’ time from 2018 (1:58.585 vs 2:00.299), along with a new highest top speed of 294.4km/h seen by Marquez.
Lorenzo Baldassari took the lead on lap two and didn’t look back, taking the chequered flag by just 0.026 from a hard-charging Thomas Luthi. There was another photo finish for third place, with Schrotter taking the final step of the podium from Remy Gardner by only 0.002 seconds.
Steve Sargent, Triumph’s Chief Product Officer, presented a one-off factory trophy to Lorenzo Baldassarri as the inaugural winner on a Triumph-powered Moto2 machine. Sargent said: “When we decided to come into Moto2 we wanted to provide an engine that gave exciting and close racing and they don’t come much closer than the finish in Qatar. The teams and riders have all been very complimentary about the Triumph engine and they believe there is more to come as they get used to the power and torque of the 765. It should be a great season.”