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Yamaha dominate at Anaheim 1

001Colt Nichols got the new year off to a sensational start tonight, taking his first career Monster Energy AMA Supercross 250SX win at the season opener at Angels Stadium of Anaheim. It was great night for Monster Energy/Star/ Yamaha Racing with teammate Dylan Ferrandis joining the Oklahoma native on the podium in second-place.

Nichols started the night looking poised for a top result with his solid second-place finish in his Heat race. When the gate dropped for the Main Event, he was ready. He got a good start and went on to lead every lap of the race in spite of worsening weather conditions. The result was an impressive win for the 24yr old and a stunning debut for the all-new 2019 Yamaha YZ250F.

It was a much more difficult night for Ferrandis, but the Frenchman never stopped fighting. He showed his resolve in his Heat race, charging back through the field after breaking free of a first corner melee. By comparison, the Main Event was much smoother, Ferrandis battling in the mud to claim second spot on the podium to make it a Yamaha 1-2.002

Justin Barcia Defies the Conditions to Conquer Anaheim 1

Anaheim, CA – January 5, 2019 – Justin Barcia fired the first shot of the 2019 Monster Energy AMA Supercross season, taking a thrilling victory aboard the Monster Energy Yamaha Factory Racing Team YZ450F at Anaheim 1.

It was a perfect night for Barcia, taking both Heat and main event wins. The win didn’t come easy either. In addition to the stacked field in the premier class, Mother Nature threw in an extra challenge, dumping more and more water on the track. Barcia put his head down though, and knocked down the laps to take his first 450SX win since Seattle Supercross 2013.

Adding to an already stellar night for Yamaha as a whole, Barcia’s teammate Aaron Plessinger had an impressive debut. The rookie was able to battle with the best, finishing third in his heat and sixth in the main event.

The Monster Energy/Star/ Yamaha Racing team heads to Glendale, Arizona, next Saturday, January 12, for Round 2 of the Monster Energy AMA Supercross Championship at State Farm Stadium.end bike test

THE SKY RACING TEAM VR46 AT THE POPULAR TALENT SHOW X FACTOR FOR THE UNVEIL OF THE NEW LIVERIES FOR THE NEXT SEASON.

LUCA MARINI AND NICOLO BULEGA IN MOTO2 WITH KALEX.

DENNIS FOGGIA AND CELESTINO VIETTI RAMUS IN MOTO3 WITH KTM.

PABLO NIETO AT THE HEAD OF THE TEAM OF THE YOUNG ITALIAN TALENTS FOR THE FIFTH CONSECUTIVE YEAR.

AFTER THE WORLD TITLE IN MOTO2, IN 2019 FRANCESCO BAGNAIA WILL DEBUT IN MOTOGP

Milan, December 13th 2018. As every year, the last stop before the Christmas holidays for the riders of the Sky Racing Team VR46 is the final of the popular musical talent show X Factor. For the occasion, Luca Marini, Nicolò Bulega, Dennis Foggia and Celestino Vietti Ramus, together with the Team Manager Pablo Nieto and World Champion Francesco Bagnaia, have unveiled - live on Sky Uno - the liveries of Moto2 and Moto3 for the 2019 season.

001After a 2018 of records with the world title, 9 victories, 7 pole positions and 4 different riders on the podium, the Team born in 2014 from the collaboration between Sky and the VR46 to support the growth path of the young Italian motorcycling talents has confirmed 4 bikes in two categories for the 2019 season: in Moto2 Nicolò Bulega will join Luca Marini on Kalex while, in Moto3, Celestino Vietti Ramus will be alongside Dennis Foggia on KTM. At the same time, Pecco Bagnaia will be the first rider of the Sky VR46 project to debut in MotoGP on the Ducati of Team Alma Pramac Racing.

Many technical innovations for the new Moto2 couple, with Marini, who will race with number 10, very fast from the first testing session with the new Triumph engine and Bulega at the debut in the middle category with his historic 11. In Moto3, it is confirmed the duo that has closed the last season with Foggia and Vietti Ramus, at the start respectively with the 7 and the 13, and ready to be protagonists.002

Waiting for them also a new livery revisited in the colors and lines: a touch of gray from the fuel tank up to the leather suits and to the whole image of the Team. A game of contrasts and lights, thanks to the presence of chromed blue, which gives new freshness to a look already tested over the years. Innovation and modernity also in the logo that distinguishes the side of the Sky VR46 livery: from the classic circle that refers to the Team logo, to the Q of Sky Q, the new experience of vision that has reinvented the way of living TV.

In both categories, the Sky Racing Team VR46 will be able to count on the commitment and trust of partners who have embraced the philosophy of the Team. Next to Oakley, which will be the main partner also in 2019, DELLORTO and Eni will continue to support the project with the brand of lubricants I-Ride and then Monster Energy, as well as Dainese and AGV, together with the Team since 2014.end bike test

YZF-R1 GYTR ‘20th Anniversary’

001Due to the incredible demand for the YZF-R1 GYTR '20th Anniversary' by the huge number of passionate Yamaha fans, applications are now closed for this very limited-edition machine.

The 2019 YZF-R1 GYTR '20th Anniversary’ is a hyper exclusive piece of motorsport history! This track only machine sports the same livery used by the Yamaha Factory Racing Team when they smashed their own record, winning a fourth consecutive Suzuka 8 Hours.002

This racetrack ready titan is an ultra-performance beast with 20 units built, one for each year the YZF-R1 has been tearing up the rule book and changing the game. Each unit has its limited-edition number engraved on the top yoke and is shipped with a certificate of authenticity.

Each one of these exclusive bikes will be painstakingly assembled, thoroughly tested and fine-tuned with their new owner in mind. They will be put together by an Official Yamaha Racing Team crew, receive a full dyno engine run-in and get a first oil change with premium Yamalube oil. These units will be ready to conquer the track, right out of the box.003

Every lucky owner who gets their hands on one of these supreme pieces is automatically invited to attend the Yamaha Racing Experience in Spring/Summer 2019. For those who choose to attend, they will receive an exclusive YZF-R1 GYRT set up session designed to fine tune their track conquering beast even further, so they can squeeze every available millisecond of race pace out of their bike.

This iconic race machine is for circuit use only and cannot be registered for road usage.

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2019 HONDA CRF250RX

h2001Model updates: The new CRF250RX arrives in cross-country specification to further strengthen Honda's off-road line-up. Sharing the frame and engine hardware of the CRF250R moto-crosser, it is fully adapted to its role, with 8.5L fuel tank, forged aluminium sidestand and 18-inch rear wheel, plus revisions to power delivery and suspension settings. It also features 3-level HRC Launch Control as standard.

2. Model Overview

In common with the CRF450RX, the CRF250RX uses the rock-solid base of its moto-cross sibling and adds the essential ingredients for closed-course cross-country riding. Thus, it features a 8.5L fuel tank (like the CRF450RX), and also uses an 18-inch rear wheel plus revised suspension settings front and rear. Fuelling and ignition mapping have also been adjusted to deliver a softer power delivery compared to the moto-crosser, and a forged aluminium sidestand is fitted as standard.

The CRF250RX also benefits from the upgrades made to the CRF250R for 19YM: engine changes which boost low-rpm torque to gain time out of slower corners

(thanks to revisions from the throttle body all the way to the exhaust), a new front brake caliper, Renthal Fatbars and 3-mode HRC Launch Control to help any rider gain a good start, every time.

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3. Key Features

  • Strong bottom-end torque, same top-end power as CRF250R
  • Benefits from 19YM CRF250R upgrades: revised throttle body, cylinder head, intake and exhaust for improved low-down performance
  • 3 level HRC Launch Control optimises start performance

New for YM19 (and as with the CRF250R) HRC's Launch Control system gives any rider the best option for a strong start and has 3 modes to choose from:

Level 3 - 8,250rpm, muddy conditions/beginner

Level 2 - 8,500rpm, dry conditions/basic

Level 1 - 9,500rpm, dry conditions/expert

Activating HRC Launch Control is easy - to turn on, pull in the clutch and push the Start button (on the right). The LED will blink once for Level 1 selection. Push the Start button again, for 0.5s or longer, and the LED will blink twice for Level 2. Repeat the process and the LED will blink 3 times, indication Level 3 has been chosen.

The Engine Mode Select Button (EMSB) alters the engine's characteristics and three maps are available to suit riding conditions or rider preference: Mode 1 (Standard), Mode 2 (Smooth) and Mode 3 (Aggressive). The LED also displays Mode selected.h2003

3.2 Chassis

  • Renthal Fatbar has 4-way adjustable positioning
  • DID rims finished in black, 18-inch rear wheel
  • Shares CRF250R upgrades for 19YM: new front brake caliper and hose for improved stopping performance; redesigned sump guard and fork protectors

The CRF250RX uses the same tapered-spar aluminium frame as the CRF250R, which returns excellent feedback and rear wheel grip due to its low centre of gravity.

Unchanged in its transition to RX-spec. it does use anew twin-piston front brake caliper - common with the YM19 CRF450R - which has 30 and 27mm diameter pistons. This allows for a lighter body and, along with low expansion rate brake hose, improved brake feel and staying power. It works on a 260mm wave-pattern disc, matched by a rear 240mm wave-pattern disc and single-piston caliper.end bike test

2019 HONDA CRF450L **NEW MODEL**

h003The trails are calling, and the all-new, road-legal CRF450L answers, expanding customers' off-road possibilities by enabling access to the best riding trails on public lands, even when that means connecting them via asphalt roads. Based on the CRF450R, the durable CRF450L is a full-fledged off-road machine, but with street legality achieved via features like LED lighting, mirrors, and a dedicated exhaust system, making this bike equally at home in the woods, desert, or the roads in between.h001

CRF450L Key Features

  • Lightweight, 7.6 litre titanium fuel tank for long range
  • Riding time maximized by lightweight, compact LED lighting system, featuring headlight with high-intensity projection for illuminating broad area
  • Rear-view mirrors
  • Lightweight lithium-ion battery with increased capacity compared to CRF450R, to power electrical components
  • Lightweight, compact digital meter with black characters on a white liquid-crystal background is easily legible while riding

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Engine/Drivetrain

  • 449.7cc Unicam® engine specially tailored for trail-to-trail riding
  • Finger rocker arm contributes to compact layout while using dedicated design to attain off-road-specific power characteristics. DLC surface treatment reduces friction
  • Dedicated valve timing for smooth power delivery in technical riding
  • High crank inertia (up 12% over CRF450R) for tractable power delivery in technical terrain
  • 12.0:1 compression ratio
  • New piston with three-ring design
  • Wide-ratio six-speed transmission is ready for a wide variety of off-road terrain or road going
  • Special clutch design enables light lever pull. Primary damper mechanism with friction springs suppresses engine torque fluctuations, ensuring smooth running
  • Large-capacity radiators with high heat-exchange efficiency for strong performance in demanding off-road conditions
  • Electric fan and thermostat control engine temperature in brutal conditions
  • ECU with dedicated settings
  • Noise emissions minimized via covers on the left and right crank cases
  • Powerful AC generator for street-legal lighting
  • Air cleaner box
  • Dedicated single-muffler exhaust system provides great sound while meeting emissions requirements

Chassis/Suspension

  • Aluminium twin-spar frame designed for nimble-yet-stable handling on trails
  • Subframe designed to ensure optimum rigidity balance appropriate for carrying tools
  • 49mm Showa fork with dedicated settings for trail-to-trail riding
  • Shock based on that of the CRF450R but with dedicated settings and link ratio for off-road riding
  • Front brake uses design from CRF450R, but with better fade resistance thanks to thicker discs and large-capacity reservoir
  • Endless sealed chain withstands the elements
  • Front and rear sprockets, produced in durable steel material, feature damper system for smooth, quiet running
  • Urethane injection in swing arm to reduce road noise
  • Fuel tank cap with a cut-off valve prevents fuel from flowing out of tank if the bike is on its side
  • LED turn signals with flexible mounts for durability
  • Easily accessible electronic component box on left side of the frame
  • Black 7/8" Renthal handlebar with red pad
  • Compact, lightweight handlebar switches
  • In-mold graphics are resistant to peeling caused by washing or abrasion
  • IRC GP-21F/GP-22R tires provide great balance of on- and off-road performance
  • Black rims for strong presence

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DAKAR LEGEND CONQUERS ‘MOTHER OF HARD ENDURO’

k001This weekend marked the 51st edition of Africa’s oldest enduro race – the Roof of Africa. Making a guest appearance in the Brother Leader Tread KTM squad was Lyndon Poskitt, an international rider well-known for his popular travel series ‘Races to Places’.

As a Malles Moto Dakar Rally specialist, signing up for Africa’s ‘Mother of Hard Enduro’ was a massive undertaking.

While navigating through unfamiliar territory came as no surprise to Poskitt, the pounding Lesotho trails, heat and high elevations were certainly a rude awakening.k002

To put this into perspective, I spent 9 hours taking on massive distances at the Dakar. Today we did 140km’s and it took me the same amount of time!” he said.

While he admits that after the time trial he grew extremely nervous about what he had signed up for, the rider stood in triumph on his Motorex green 2018 KTM 250 EXC TPI on Saturday as he crossed the finish line. Not only did he complete his first enduro race of this nature, but managed to place 23rd in the Silver Class.

I felt a bit like a fish out of water coming to do this, but here I am at the finish line! The terrain has been amazing and so diverse – from river crossings, drop-offs and steep climbs to rolling hills. The bike has been absolutely perfect, I loved it so much that I rang the dealer back home and bought one!” said an excited Poskitt.k003

Another stand-out achievement came from Brother Leader Tread KTM’s Kirsten Landman.

As the only female in her class, she impressively conquered the Gold route for the third time in her career. After 21 hours of riding in three days, Landman finished in 25th among the country’s enduro elite – the highest she has ever ranked in this event.

The days were long and there were lots of passes, it was an absolutely incredible route. There were times I just opened up the throttle and closed my eyes, but that’s why it’s called an extreme enduro – the stuff we do out there is extreme! This was by far the most victorious Roof of Africa for me, I’m over the moon,” enthused Landman.

Rounding out the orange squad was Dwayne Kleynhans, who put on the best ‘Mother of Hard Enduro’ performance of his career.

A podium finish looked promising for the rider when he wrapped up the first long day of mountain racing with a third place overall. However, after coming back from an arm injury that almost cost him the entire 2018 season, Kleynhans was pleased to have finished as high up in the ranks as he did.k004

It was touch and go at some points whether I’d even be able to enter the Roof this year. I’m slightly disappointed to have missed the podium, but at the same time I feel so privileged to have made it to the start line and raced as hard as I did,” said Kleynhans.

Missing from action was Scott Bouverie, who had to pull out of the event on the first race day due to illness. After a time trial that put Bouverie in the position to fight for the coveted Roof of Africa title, the Brother Leader Tread KTM team were gutted by the news.

Scott has gone through a testing year, filled with injuries and health issues, a year he’d more than likely want to forget. Despite all of this we continue to believe in Scott. He is one of the most talented riders in South Africa and seeing him push through pain to a point that his body could not take it anymore was heart breaking to say the least. Scott is the type of rider that will push on, even though in pain, so to see him abandoning his race shows the severity of his health issues and was the wise call to make. We’re hoping to see Scott come back strong again 2019, he has proven his worth many times and will sure continue to do so.” said Franziska Brandl, Managing Director of KTM South Africa.end bike test

SOUTH AFRICA’S ENDURO REIGN HAS NO END IN SIGHT

001As the 2018 hard enduro season draws to a close, it is only fitting to repeat the line from an international commentator at Red Bull Romaniacs this year – “What is it that they feed these South African riders?”

With the likes of current stars such as Wade Young and Travis Teasdale, and former enduro giants Alfie Cox and Darryl Curtis, it is clear that South African riders are doing something right.

Having recently wrapped up the Roof of Africa, it is obvious that our hard enduro success will only go from strength to strength in the future. A name that stood out this year was PEPSON PLASTICS HUSQVARNA RACING star, Matt Green.002The youngster turned 17-years old recently, and had tongues wagging in Lesotho when he chased down the country’s top racing talent on the smallest motorcycle in his class to claim 6th overall in the coveted event.

His growth over the past year has been truly ground-breaking. In 2017 he managed to finish 20th in a Roof of Africa edition that some Gold riders claimed to be ‘too easy’. The general comments that were repeated about this year’s route described an extreme challenge that had top riders sweating from start to finish, yet Green improved his standings tremendously.003 “Super stoked with my results. There’s a lot of experience that’s required to do well in this race, and I learnt some valuable lessons that will hopefully see me crack the top five next year or even better. I’ve come a long way this season, and I feel confident about the potential I have for the future,” said Green.

His hard enduro efforts were picked up on the international radar too this season.

Green made headlines when he stormed to a top five Gold Class finish at the renowned Red Bull Sea to Sky in Turkey. He also snatched up sixth overall in Silver at Red Bull Romaniacs, which was boasted to be the most ‘epic’ edition yet.

The future looks bright for the young Kwa-Zulu Natal star, as does the country’s future in this sport.end bike test

Key Feature Changes on 2019 Standard Tank Africa Twin

00Engine management electronics

  • TBW (Throttle by Wire) brings with it 3 rider modes to tailor engine character and traction
  • The riding modes are comprised of different levels of Power (P), Engine Braking (EB) and Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC)
  • HSTC now has 7 levels and OFF
  • New intake design and exhaust aid mid-range response
  • New exhaust also designed to improve engine note
  • New lighter balance shaft weight
  • New lithium-ion battery saves 2.3 kg and enhances durability
  • Power is smooth and consistent, with linear torque delivery
  • Assist/slipper clutch helps upshifts and downshifts
  • Wet weight 2kg lighter at 230kg (MT version)
  • Rider foot pegs and pillion foot peg hangers redesigned for off-road use
  • Stainless steel spokes improve durability and ease of care
  • New Emergency Stop Signal function for rear indicators

1.2 CRF1000D1 Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT)

  • Super-fast, seamless gear changes in Manual Transmission (MT) or Automatic D mode
  • S mode (with 3 levels) revs higher and downshifts sooner, for aggressive riding
  • G switch improves rear wheel traction when off-road
  • Incline detection adapts shift pattern depending on road gradient

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2. Accessories

A full range of genuine Honda accessories are available for the CRF1000L Africa Twin, including:

  • Top box and inner bags
  • Touring bags
  • Frame guard
  • Smoke screen
  • High screen
  • Upper and lower wind deflectors
  • Rubber pillion footpegs
  • DCT foot shifter
  • Heated grips
  • 12V socket
  • Fog lamps with cowl mounting bar
  • Wheel stripes
  • Alarm system.
  • Centre stand
  • Sump guard
  • Lower and higher seats
  • Quick shifter

Available in these TWO colours only:01

Matt Ballistic Black and Grand Prix Red / previously Rally Red

Recommended Retail Price:

CRF1000A (Man) L1  R181 500 Including VAT

CRF1000 DCT L1      R193 999 Including VAT

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2019 CRF1000 L2 Africa Twin Adventure Sports (Big Tank):

Key Features on 19YM Big Tank Africa Twin Adventure Sport

  • Longer travel suspension, flatter seat and more upright riding position
  • Extended fairing protection and taller screen
  • Heated grips as standard plus AC charging socket
  • Rider's foot pegs/pillion foot peg hangers designed for off-road use
  • Stainless steel spokes offer durability and ease of care
  • Emergency Stop Signal function for rear indicators
  • Throttle By Wire (TBW) brings with it 3 rider modes to tailor engine character and traction. The riding modes are comprised of different levels of Power (P), Engine Braking (EB) and Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC)
  • HSTC now has 7 levels and OFF
  • New intake design and exhaust aid mid-range response
  • New exhaust also designed to improve engine note
  • New lighter balance shaft weight
  • New lithium-ion battery saves 2.3 kg and enhances durability
  • Power is smooth and consistent, with linear torque delivery
  • Assist/slipper clutch helps upshifts and downshifts

Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT)

  • Super-fast, seamless gear changes in Manual Transmission (MT) or Automatic D mode
  • S mode (with 3 levels) revs higher and downshifts sooner, for aggressive riding
  • G switch improves rear wheel traction when off-road
  • Incline detection adapts shift pattern depending on road gradient

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Accessories

A full range of genuine Honda accessories are available for the CRF1000L Africa Twin Adventure Sports, including:

  • Touring bags
  • Rubber pillion footpegs
  • DCT foot shifter
  • Fog lamps
  • Wheel stripes
  • Alarm system
  • Centre stand
  • Sump guard
  • Two types of lower seat
  • Quickshifter
  • Tank Bag

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Yamalube Yamaha Rally Ready For 2019 Dakar

Y01Yamalube Yamaha Rally team riders are all-set to take on the 2019 Dakar aboard the newest edition of the WR450F Rally works machine. With this 41st edition of the prestigious event contested exclusively in Peru, Yamaha will be strongly represented by Adrien Van BeverenXavier de Soultraitand Rodney FaggotterFranco Caimi's participation will be decided prior to the event's start in Peru.

Working hard during the last few months to be ready for the biggest event in the annual rally racing calendar, the Yamalube Yamaha Rally team members are all looking forward to the 2019 Dakar. Remaining under the guidance of team director Alexandre Kowalski, team manager José Leloir and sport manager Jordi Arcarons, all riders are looking to make the most of their experience as they battle against the world's elite rally racers in what is expected to be an anything but easy event.Y02

Spearheading the team's efforts for yet another year is Adrien Van Beveren. One of the revelations of the 2018 Dakar Rally, Adrien is eager to impress by fighting for the overall victory next January. At the top of his game following months of hard work, the French rider is now ready to do battle in the dunes of Peru.

Putting in many thousands of racing and training kilometres aboard his WR450F Rally machine in 2018, Xavier de Soultrait is set to enter the fifth Dakar Rally of his career this coming January. Working hard to further improve his navigational skills, the Frenchman has his eyes set on climbing onto the podium in Lima.Y03

Playing a crucial role for the Yamalube Yamaha Rally team during the last two Dakar Rallies, Rodney Faggotter remains with the squad going into the 2019 edition of the event. Enjoying an extremely consistent run that saw him finish 16th overall at the 2018 Dakar Rally, the Aussie will look to improve on this result in January 2019.

With the team 100% ready to have Franco Caimi enter the 2019 Dakar Rally, his participation will be decided just before the start of the race. Doing everything possible to return to full fitness following his injury during the Morocco Rally, the rider from Argentina is expecting to undergo his last medical checks just a few days before the start of the event.

Further strengthening Yamaha's presence at the 2019 Dakar will be Camelia Liparoti. Teaming up with Rosa Romero Font as her co-driver, the two highly-experienced racers will compete in Yamaha's YXZ1000R side-by-side machine at the coming edition of the event in Peru.Y04

Taking place in the southern part of Peru, the 2019 Dakar Rally features a total of 10 demanding stages. The race kicks off on January 7 in Lima, with competitors returning to the Peruvian city for the big finish on January 17 and after an exhaustive 5,000km in the dunes of the South American country.end bike test

Moto2™ Records fall with new Triumph 765cc engine

LANDMARK TESTING WEEKEND AT JEREZ

Moto2 riders from 2019 teams complete a full weekend of testing at Jerez race track.

Two testing laps completed inside previously recorded Jerez circuit Moto2™ fastest lap

Team feedback – “We are ready for 2019 season”T03On 23rd – 25th November Triumph attended the final testing weekend of 2018 at Jerez race track, with 2019 Moto2™ race teams trialling their new race bikes ahead of next season.

On Saturday 24th, two 2019 Moto2™ championship contenders riding different machines, both featuring the new 2019 Triumph triple 765cc race engine, recorded practice lap times inside the fastest recorded lap of Jerez Circuit of 1 minute 41 seconds (1'41.890). This is a landmark achievement in one of the first times the riders have ridden 2019 season race bikes in their new configurations.T02

On Sunday, it was predicted that riders would go even faster, but weather conditions prevented this. All teams used the full weekend on track to complete more testing, development and set up ahead of the forthcoming 2019 Moto2™ race season.

Steve Sargent, Triumph Chief Product Officer said; “This weekend feels like the culmination of 2 years of hard work by many people in Triumph. To hear all the bikes out on track at the same time is a dream come true for Triumph. We had direct and overwhelmingly positive feedback from the teams at Jerez as they gear up for the 2019 season. Bring on Qatar!”T03end bike test

 

 

 

 

 

 

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