This weekend, Triumph is revving up to make motorsport history. On Saturday, February 3, the cutting-edge Triumph TF 250-X motocross bike will make its competitive debut at the Detroit round of AMA Supercross in the USA. The momentum doesn’t stop there, with the MX2 World Championship team lining up for their first gate-drop at the pre-season MX race in Talavera de la Reina, Spain, just one day later.
Lining up for Round 1 of the 250SX East category, riders Jalek Swoll (#33) and rookie Evan Ferry (#751) are excited to finally stop the testing and complete some race laps aboard their new machines under the lights of the huge Ford Field stadium in Detroit; this weekend’s event will mark the first ever entry into Supercross competition for Triumph Racing. Having both had little race time during the previous season, the Triumph Racing riders are fired up and hungry for the challenge. The aim during the Supercross season is to improve week-by-week, gaining valuable feedback aboard the Triumph TF 250-X.
Over in Europe, the Monster Energy Triumph Racing duo of Mikkel Haarup and Camden McLellan, who are preparing to compete in the FIM MX2 World Championship this season, will enjoy their first gate-drop with the Triumph TF 250-X at the first round of the Spanish Championship. Regarded as one of the pre-season ‘warm-up’ races with a host of Grand Prix riders in attendance, the event allows the team to gauge their preparations ahead of the first FIM Motocross World Championship event in Argentina in early March.
Motocross is a completely new segment for the British brand and 2024 represents a historic year with the launch of the Triumph TF 250-X and a fully committed racing programme on demanding dirt. In less than two years after announcing its intentions to build, sell, and race a motocross bike, Triumph has created a dedicated programme operating on both sides of the Atlantic and boasting some of the most successful names in the sport to bring it to the pinnacle.
The OEM bike, available in dealers soon, will enter the heat of the battle in the SuperMotocross World championship incorporating the AMA Supercross Championship and the AMA Pro Motocross Series in the 250 categories. With the homologation ruling in place for the US-based series, it means the majority of components on the race bikes have to be those sold on the mass market; although both series naturally require the OEM product to be at the absolute highest level, making it the toughest yet most ideal development ground for Triumph’s off-road lineup.