An exclusive interview with Dorna CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta, moments after the official announcement that Triumph will take over from Honda as exclusive engine supplier for the Moto2 World Championship in 2019...

Crash.net:
Carmelo, were there many options to consider before you decided on Triumph?

Carmelo Ezpeleta:
As always we had different options available to consider and clearly we chose the best in our opinion. It'll be challenging in 2019, a new era for the class, because it's not just the engine, there will also be new chassis and a new ECU. Many changes. We also listened to the opinion of the teams, who told us 'we are very proud about the Moto2 class and the way it has worked, but now is maybe the time to refresh and restart'.

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Crash.net:
What has been the reaction of the chassis manufacturers?

Carmelo Ezpeleta:
It has created a lot of interest, we have been contacted not only by the current chassis manufacturers, but also new manufacturers and I can say some that were here before and are looking to come back. I think it's normal because Moto2 is a big battle for the chassis manufacturers and they need to convince the teams to use their chassis. We think that there will be a lot of possibilities for the Moto2 paddock to choose from.

Crash.net:
The engine size is changing from 600cc four-cylinder to 765cc three-cylinder, which will make Moto2 even more unique - no longer the same as Supersport...

Carmelo Ezpeleta:
Exactly. We think it is good for the class also because the other opportunities we had, even to continue with Honda with a special series engine for us, were two-cylinders or four-cylinders. But we wanted to make a radical change. Reliability is more important than performance, but we are also sure the performance will be similar or better than it is now. Not only because of the bigger engine, but also the new ECU.

Crash.net:
The 2019 ECU, to be built by Magneti-Marelli, will be more similar to MotoGP?

Carmelo Ezpeleta:
Yes, it's something we hear from the riders because at the moment you have some electronics in Moto3, practically nothing in Moto2 and a lot in MotoGP. So maybe we can create a clear scale; a little more electronics in Moto2 than Moto3, but less than MotoGP.

Crash.net:
Were Honda open to another manufacturer taking over in Moto2?

Carmelo Ezpeleta:
In general the more manufacturers that are here the better. It seems that the MotoGP world is successful and we think it's a good opportunity for another manufacturer, another European manufacturer, to join us. It's not bad.

Crash.net:
Will the costs change for Moto2 teams?

Carmelo Ezpeleta:
It will be the same. We will also continue using the same random distribution of the engines by ExternPro [who prepare and maintain the current Honda Moto2 engines]. They are already starting to work on the new engine now. Because it's a new partnership, I think there will be closer co-operation between ExternPro and Triumph.

Crash.net:
Thanks Carmelo.

Carmelo Ezpeleta:
Thank-you.

Moto2 riders' world champions:
2016: Johann Zarco (Kalex)
2015: Johann Zarco (Kalex)
2014: Tito Rabat (Kalex)
2013: Pol Espargaro (Kalex)
2012: Marc Marquez (Suter)
2011: Stefan Bradl (Kalex)
2010: Toni Elias (Moriwaki)

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