Rumour: Triumph behind with their 450cc bike development?

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Triumph Racing have been a welcome new brand in the Motocross world in 2024. In the MX2 World Championship, Mikkel Haarup is having a strong season sitting seventh in the championship standings after seven rounds and has even been on the podium.

Camden McLellan was also having a strong season and got his first podium in the MX2 World Championship. The South African picked up an injury in Portugal and is currently on the injury list. In America, Jalek Swoll has also showed good pace in AMA Supercross.

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Triumph did have plans to have a 450cc machine ready for the 2025 season to enter the MXGP World Championship and AMA Supercross championships next year. However, we believe they aren’t currently where they’d like to be with bike development of the 450cc.

At the moment, rumours in the GP paddock suggest the manufacturer may not be racing the MXGP World Championship in 2025 after initially planning at least one MXGP rider next year, it’s now in doubt. They had an option to keep Mikkel Haarup if both parties were happy and Romain Febvre was also linked but KRT will now be more confident of keeping him under the awning.

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Unfortunately for Haarup, as he ages out of the MX2 World Championship and if Triumph don’t run an MXGP rider in 2025, he’ll be on the look out for another ride for his rookie season in MXGP. It is worth noting that there is still time to get the bike on track and for a U turn.

If this does materialize it means that Triumph will be on the rider market to snap up another MX2 World Championship for the 2025 season to partner Camden McLellan who is expected to stay under the awning. Triumph will then be expected to enter the MXGP World Championship in 2026.

As for America, it may mean Joey Savatgy has to face another season without racing AMA Supercross as he was due to race the 450cc next year but isn’t currently eligible to race the 250SX class. Jordon Smith is rumoured to be heading to Triumph next year from Star Yamaha to partner Jalek Swoll.

The good news is that Ducati are pushing ahead with their MXGP World Championship plans are still on course to line up with two MXGP World Championship riders in 2025.