December 1, 2023 – (Motor Sports NewsWire) – The 2023 Triumph Triple Trophy has been awarded to Spain’s Pedro Acosta, after a phenomenal season which saw him clinch the World Champion title, the Triumph Triple Trophy and a seat in the MotoGP category next year.
The Triple Trophy prize, a stunning, unique Triumph Street Triple RS 765, specifically built and customised at Triumph’s global HQ at Hinckley, UK, was presented to Pedro Acosta in Valencia at the final round of the 2023 season.
Awarded by Triumph Motorcycles, the official engine supplier to Moto2TM, Acosta becomes the fourth winner of the Trophy, which runs alongside the Moto2TM World Championship. This is the first time it has been won by the World Champion, demonstrating Acosta’s grip on the season this year.
The Triumph Triple Trophy recognises the many successes and achievements of a GP weekend beyond the race victory, with the scoring designed to reflect the incredibly close nature of the competition in Moto2™:
- 7 points – Best race progression from start to finish: 7 points for the rider or riders making up the most positions from race start to chequered flag
- 6 points – Pole position: 6 points for the rider who qualifies on pole
- 5 points – Fastest race lap: 5 points for the fastest rider/riders in case of an equal fastest lap
Acosta’s consistent pace this season means he has scored points at nine of the rounds – way ahead of his nearest rivals who only had four points-scoring races each.
He scored points for three pole positions in Sachsenring, Silverstone and the Red Bull Ring, and set the fastest race lap an incredible eight times as he becomes the latest graduate from Triumph’s Moto2TM era to step up to the MotoGP category.
The Trophy was secured at the Malaysian Grand Prix in October, when there were still three riders in contention: Pedro Acosta from the Red Bull KTM Ajo Team, Taiga Hada from the Pertamina Mandalika SAG Team and GASGAS Aspar Team’s Jake Dixon.
Hada had scored top points for best race progression four times going into Malaysia to sit second on the leaderboard. It was Alex Escrig who scored top points in that race though, his first Triumph Triple Trophy points, making him the 26th rider to join the scoreboard. With Fermin Aldeguer scoring all the remaining points for his pole position and fastest lap of the race, this meant that no one else could catch Pedro and he was crowned the Triple Trophy winner on the same day that he clinched the Moto2TM championship. Aldeguer’s late run of points has seen him jump into second overall, with just nine points separating second to fourth positions.
Pedro Acosta, Red Bull KTM Ajo Team commented: “I’m very happy for winning this award, at the end of the day it’s an amazing bike. I see many people enjoying riding it and maybe now is the time to get my license so I can enjoy riding it on the road too. In the end we know it’s the same engine that we use in Moto2TM, and we see how fast Moto2TM is. It’s going to be fun to do some stoppies and wheelies on this bike!”
Steve Sargent, Chief Product Officer, Triumph Motorcycles said: “Congratulations Pedro on such an impressive season and being the 2023 Triumph Triple Trophy winner. It’s great to see such talent coming through on our 765 Triple and with the gap from Moto2TM to MotoGP being closer than ever with the latest engine upgrades, we are excited to see how you get on in MotoGP in 2024. We hope you enjoy your prize, the brand new Street Triple RS, with its custom Triumph Triple Trophy livery and look forward to watching your progress next year.”
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Notes to Editors
- First established in 1902, Triumph Motorcycles celebrated 120 years of motorcycle manufacture in 2022. For more than three decades, Triumph Motorcycles has been based in Hinckley, Leicestershire, and has produced iconic bikes that perfectly blend authentic design, character, charisma, and performance.
A GLOBAL BRITISH SUCCESS STORY
- With more than 83,389 motorcycles delivered in calendar year 2022, and on track to reach a milestone 800 dealers across the world in 2023, Triumph is the largest British motorcycle manufacturer.
- Triumph currently employs around 3,000 personnel worldwide and has subsidiary operations in the UK, North America, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Japan, Sweden (Scandinavia), Benelux, Brazil, China, and Thailand as well as a network of independent distributors. Triumph has manufacturing facilities in Hinckley, Leicestershire, and Thailand plus CKD facilities in Brazil and India.
A WORLD-CLASS RANGE
- With a laser-sharp focus on what riders across the world are looking for, a passion to deliver the perfect ride for every customer, and attention to detail that delivers the highest quality motorcycles, Triumph offers a growing range of category-leading motorcycles spanning Modern Classics, Roadsters and Adventure bikes. From the accessible Speed 400cc TR series to the Rocket 3 with its powerful 2500cc engine, every model exemplifies Triumph’s iconic style, quality and performance.
- Delivering a fun, agile and confidence-inspiring ride for riders of all ages and experience levels, the Speed 400 and Scrambler 400 X launched in 2023 with a brand-new single engine platform (TR Series), representing incredible value for money and bringing Triumph to a whole new generation of riders.
- The Modern Classics feature Triumph’s legendary Bonneville twin engine. Famously named to celebrate Triumph’s 1956 land speed record on the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah, USA, the Bonneville was the original British superbike and a race-winner straight out of the crate, chosen by famous motorcyclists of the past for its handling, style, and character. Now, the Bonneville family has evolved, with rider-focused technology and cool custom style. The range includes the Bonneville Bobber, Speedmaster, Thruxton RS, Speed Twin 900, Speed Twin 1200, Scrambler 900, Scrambler 1200 and the iconic Bonneville T120 and T100.
- The Roadsters start with the agile and popular Trident 660, then the Street Triple 765, and finally the Speed Triple 1200 RS and RR.
- For adventure riders, Triumph has a complete line-up of epic Tigers, starting with the Tiger Sport 660, moving up to the Tiger 850 Sport and Tiger 900 range, and finally to the Tiger 1200 range.
- In 2023 Triumph officially claimed the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ title for ‘The greatest distance travelled on a motorcycle in 24 hours (individual)’. Riding a factory-specification Tiger 1200 GT Explorer on the High-Speed Ring at the Nardò Technical Center in Italy, 5x Enduro World Champion and Triumph Global Ambassador Iván Cervantes travelled more than 4012km in a 24-hour period, beating the previous record of 3406km by a huge margin of more than 600km.
- Triumph has a glorious racing history, competing in and winning races in almost every class and field of motorcycle sporting achievement. From winning the second ever Isle of Man TT in 1908, through to 1960s road and track success in Europe and America, right up to contemporary racing achievements with the Triumph triple powered 2014 and 2015 SuperSport titles and World SuperSport racing, Isle of Man SuperSport TT wins in 2014 and 2019, courtesy of Gary Johnson and Peter Hickman, plus an average speed of over 130mph 2023 by Peter Hickman on his Triumph STR765, and a thrilling last-lap victory at the legendary Daytona 200 by Brandon Paasch on the Street Triple 765 in 2022.
- Triumph’s racing legend continues as the exclusive engine supplier to the FIM Moto2™ World Championship since the start of the 2019 season. Triumph Motorcycles provides all the teams with race-tuned 765cc triples, each of which is based on the class-leading Street Triple RS powerplant. Redefining the class, Triumph broke record after record in the inaugural year, including the first ever +300km/h Moto2™ top speed. Reflecting these great successes, the wonderful feedback, and partnerships that Triumph have had with the riders and their teams, and the incredible response from Triumph fans across the world, Triumph and Dorna, decided to extend the relationship in 2021 and again in 2023, signing a new contract for another five years of racing: 2025 – 2029.
- In 2022 Triumph revealed its partnership with Thierry Chizat-Suzzoni, one of the sport’s most experienced and successful team owners, who will field two of Triumph’s all-new 250cc 4-stroke MX bikes in the 2024 MX2 class and will add an entry into the 450cc MXGP class in 2025, and with Team Principal Bobby Hewitt and Team Manager Stephen ‘Scuba’ Westfall to field its all-new Triumph 250cc 4-stroke MX bikes in the 2024 Supermotocross World Championship, which is comprised of the Monster Energy Supercross World Championship, and the Pro Motocross Championship, with three season-ending Supermotocross rounds. For the 2025 season Triumph will additionally field its new 450cc bike in the Supermotocross World Championship.
Source: Triumph Motorcycles America Ltd