News 13 Dec 2022

Triumph Racing to enter SMX championship from 2024 season

British brand partnering with Bobby Hewitt in US program.

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Triumph Racing will enter the SuperMotocross World Championship from the 2024 season in association with Bobby Hewitt, beginning with the 250 class before adding a 450 program in 2025.

The US outfit will be supported by Triumph’s in-house off-road design engineering department and managed by Stephen Westfall, operated in partnership with championship-winning owner and manager Hewitt as team principal.

“I always knew I would eventually get back into racing, but to be able to do it with an iconic brand like Triumph and to
be able to help build this US Triumph Racing team from the ground up is a once in a lifetime opportunity,” former Rockstar Energy Husqvarna team owner/manager Hewitt commented.

“Triumph Motorcycles has been a part of my family growing up and to have it now decide to enter into professional off-road racing is a tremendous opportunity for our sport and a testament to the growth of the motorcycle industry overall in America. I am also very fortunate to be able to work with Scuba [Steve Westfall] again and add the experience of Dave [Arnold] and Dudley [Cramond] to our team.

“I am honored to be working alongside everyone at the factory in Hinckley and cannot wait to get back to the racetrack in 2024 with our new team and compete for an SMX World Championship!”

It marks a significant addition to Triumph Racing’s worldwide motorsport portfolio, which includes the brand’s commitment to compete in the 2024 MX2 World Championship – with plans in place to compete in MXGP in 2025 – and its current activities as the exclusive engine supplier in the Moto2 World Championship and involvement in the Supersport World Championship.

Triumph CEO Nick Bloor stated: “Following close on the heels of our recent announcement to enter the FIM Motocross World Championship in 2024, today’s launch of Triumph’s partnership with the incredibly talented team of Bobby and Scuba in the all-new SuperMotocross World Championship continues our journey to the top tier of off-road competition and racing.

“I have no doubt, knowing the experience and capability shared between our dedicated in-house design and engineering teams, and Bobby’s hand-selected team of racing experts, that this partnership will make an indelible mark on the history of this incredible sport and Triumph’s illustrious brand.”

Supercross and motocross legend Ricky Carmichael is a key figure relating to the project, announced as a global ambassador for the brand last year when it was revealed that it would launch a dirt bike line, and he is involved in the development and race team introduction.

“It is great to take this next step in announcing our US Triumph Racing team,” Carmichael explained. “Bobby’s success in our sport as a championship team owner speaks for itself. The team he has assembled is already working with the factory in Hinckley during these final stages of development.

“They are some of the best people to have worked in our paddock and this shows the level of commitment, across the board, in this effort to compete for the SMX world championship. I look forward to working with Bobby and the entire team when we go racing in 2024.”

Triumph Racing will have representation in 2024 in both the 250SX western and eastern regional championships of Monster Energy AMA Supercross, before taking things outdoors in the 250MX category of Pro Motocross and into the SMX finals series. Further information on the Triumph Racing team remain to be announced next year.