Triumph Motorcycles is returning to the British Supersport paddock. In partnership with Simon Buckmaster’s Performance Technical Racing (PTR), the Triumph – PTR Racing BSS team is a full factory-backed effort. This partnership marks the British Manufacturer’s return to supersport racing.
Triumph is providing support with the bike and bike development… The Triumph Street Triple RS 765 and the Street Triple RS 765 engine, to be exact. The 765 engine is the same powerplant that Moto2 engines are developed from. The Triumph 765cc engine delivers 121hp at 11,700 rpm, and 58 foot-pounds of torque at 10,800 rpm.
“As things developed towards the end of this year, we were happy to be able to reach an agreement with Triumph to become the Official Triumph Team. I’m really excited about this project, it’s a fantastic opportunity and to be working in collaboration with MSVR, Dorna and the FIM to update the rules for BSS & WSS is a real opportunity to do something for the good of motorcycle sport and I can honestly say I am proud to be a part of that. We can’t wait to get started, we are working together with Triumph to get the 765 Street Triple RS ready for the start of the 2021 season, to develop it through the season and to establish the eligibility for both series and other series in the world going forward. From that point of view, I would say this is the best thing that has ever happened to PTR and to me personally. As a young lad I started racing on a Triumph Bonneville so for me it is almost like going back to my roots. We are currently talking to riders and we hope to be able to bring on some young British talent and achieve our aims of winning British Supersport in year one and challenge for the World title in World Supersport the year after.” Simon Buckmaster – PTR Team Manager.
While Triumph states that the Triumph – PTR Racing BSS team bike will be a full fairing competition machine, it will not be an upgraded version of the Daytona 765. The heart and soul of the Triumph – PTR Racing BSS bikes will be all Street Triple RS 765.
“Triumph has a long and very successful history in Supersport racing with the Daytona 675 and our experience of racing in Supersport ultimately led to the development of the Moto2 engine which has been so successful for the last 2 years. Supersport has always been an important championship which has developed riders who have gone on to race at the highest level in WSBK and MotoGP. We are therefore extremely pleased that MSVR, Dorna and the FIM are working to take the Supersport category forward and to encourage manufacturers like Triumph to come back into the class. We have joined with PTR racing on this journey and they will bring a wealth of experience to run our factory supported team. We look forward to a successful 2021.” Steve Sargent – Triumph Motorcycles Chief Product Officer.
Triumph – PTR Racing BSS team has not announced any riders, yet. But they make it clear that this an all-hands-on-deck effort. This is not just about a return to racing. Triumph – PTR is in for the long haul. They are focused on a successful 2021 British Supersport season. If all goes well, they will investigate the options of stepping up to the Word Supersport challenge in 2022.
“MSVR as the promoter of the Quattro Group British Supersport Championship, which is the principle support category to BSB, is one of the driving forces behind the reset and redefinition of the tremendously important Supersport category. This development which will pilot in the UK in 2021 before, hopefully, adoption at the international level, will immediately open up the possibility for manufacturers to reengage. It is of significance that Triumph, with proven success in the intermediate production derived class can now return, and we are very excited about the prospect of this across the British circuits in 2021.” Stuart Higgs – BSB Series Director.
Triumph – PTR Racing BSS team is now in the process of developing and dialing in the mapping for the bikes’ ECU and exhaust systems, a small challenge during these COVID times. However, the team is hopeful that they will overcome these hurdles. They are equally hopeful that racing will be back in full swing for the 2021 season.