WSS » WSS: Triumph ‘great regret’ at BE1 split, future unknown


"We had intended to continue our collaboration with BE1 Racing... but it became clear that our respective business plans were not compatible" - Triumph.

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MD - Unregistered

January 25, 2011 9:41 AM

Well we keep hearing across all areas of the UK biking press (and the mainstream press) how well Triumph are doing and how much profit they are making.

So it's time then for them to step up to the plate and run a full factory SS600 team based in the UK - they can easily afford it!

They seem at the moment to be doing precious little to support UK bike sport.

PAPI - Unregistered

January 25, 2011 10:58 AM

That's surprising considering Triumph have launched the 675R with ohlins etc as standard. I would have thought that would have been aimed at supersport

norville2 - Unregistered

January 25, 2011 11:33 AM

Why would Gary McCoy be laughing? he was not contracted to Triumph he was contracted to BE1, besides he was off the boil anyway? in 2 seasons he only had 1 podium.

Cardiacs955i

January 25, 2011 12:13 PM

Reading between the lines, looks like BE1 have had a better offer from Yamaha. At a guess, I'd say the pot of available pennies at Yamaha is somewhat deeper than that at Triumph.

Triumph have never made it a secret that they will only race on their terms, and for a certain budget...and rightly so I guess. The 675 aside there are no serious sports bikes within their range to promote. Triumph ain't Ducati - Race Sunday, buy Monday doesn't necessarily work for em.

Really hope to see some trumpets on the grid in some sort of factory effort...the new RR was looking very promising...

RawDawg

January 25, 2011 12:27 PM

"the livelihood and careers of the BE1 Racing staff and riders at stake, we felt that the best option is to end our partnership and for BE1 Racing to enter the 2011 season with another manufacturer."

Rightly or wrongly, When I read "livelihood" I instantly think of money. It seems either BE1 needed Truimph to setup with more money or that Truimph didn't want to pay what they have been paying. The question is which is it?

Sick Cylinder - Unregistered

January 25, 2011 12:55 PM

Agreed Raw

"...when we came to the final contract negotiations it became clear that our respective business plans were not compatible."

Business plan being code for budget.

I would love to know the full story.

Fergs - Unregistered

January 25, 2011 10:05 PM

What a shame -- just when everything was falling into place -- lets hope another team can pick up the Triumph and give it the success it deserves --- it is a stunning bike and as Davies showed last year --- a real contender in the right hands

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