In preparations for Triumph’s debut in the 2024 SuperMotocross and MXGP/MX2 World Championships, Triumph Racing confirms it has signed two top class riders to lead its race development testing. Triumph currently employs around 2000 personnel worldwide and has subsidiary operations in the UK, North America, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Japan, Sweden , Benelux, Brazil, India, 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. However, motocross bikes have not been in their product line since the mid 1970s.

Ivan Tedesco was the 2005 AMA 125 National Champion for Team Pro Circuit and after retiring was the test rider for the Pro Circuit team.

Ivan Tedesco comes onboard as full-time test rider for the Triumph Racing US SuperMotocross team. Tedesco turned Pro in 1999 and had a successful carer that spanned 14 years. Tedesco won the 2004 and 2005 AMA 125cc West Supercross titles, the 2005 AMA 125cc National Motocross Championship and represented the United States at three Motocross des Nations (2005, 2006 and 2009).

Ivan Tedesco.

Ivan said, “I’m super excited to be part of the new Triumph racing program and to be working with Ricky Carmichael and Bobby Hewitt again. To have the opportunity to work with a new brand in our sport, to take a new bike and develop it to a race-ready package, is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.”

Clement Desalle finished his Grand Prix career at Team Kawasaki in 2020.

Meanwhile, in Europe, Clément Desalle will join Triumph as the test rider for the Triumph Racing FIM World Motocross Championship 450 and 250 team, run by Thierry Chizat-Suzzon. Desalle raced the FIM 450 World Championships for 15 years. He was runner-up three times, third in the World Championship three times and twice finished fourth. The Belgium won 23 GPs before retiring from racing in 2020 and turning his attention to test riding and developing race bikes. Clement is already making a major contribution to Triumph’s progress with its new race bike.

Clement Desalle.

Clement said, “Joining the Triumph MX2 program allows me to make use of my years of experience as a professional racer to help take the stock bike to a full factory race bike, ready for the MX2 season in 2024.”

Triumph Motorcycles will enter the Monster Energy AMA SuperMotocross Championship at the start of the 2024 season, with a fully supported three-man 250 factory race program in partnership with Bobby Hewitt before entering the 450 class in 2025.

Ricky Carmichael Triumph
Ricky Carmichael is the front man for the Triumph effort.

Similarly, Triumph will also field two Triumph 250cc four-strokes bikes in the 2024 FIM 250 World Championships and will add an entry into the 450 MXGP class in 2025. The MXGP/MX2 World Championship team will be based at Thierry’s race facility near Eindhoven in Holland, while the SuperMotocross World Championship operation will be based at a dedicated new state-of-the-art race facility in the USA. Engineering groups at the Triumph factory and the race teams are working closely together on continuously enhancing chassis and engine performance through an intensive testing schedule, led by Ivan Tedesco and Clément Desalle, underway in the USA, UK and Europe, building towards the competitive World Championship debut in 2024.


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