Triumph wins the Bassella enduro race in a Tiger 900 rally

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Apparently, Triumph wasn’t kidding when it announced last year that it was not only diving headlong into the world of dirt bike manufacturing, but also aiming to make a name for itself in the world of enduro races. He qualified that intention by hiring five-time enduro world champion Ivan Cervantes and motocross legend Ricky Carmichael to help with all aspects of the development and testing of new off-road models, as well as preparation and eventual participation. to the new race program.

Triumph Tiger 900 wins the Bassella Enduro Race Adventure Class
The Rallye Tiger 900 dominated the race with enduro champion Ivan Cervantes at the helm, beating three-time FIM Bajas World Cup champion Alessandro Ruoso and Dakar veteran Gerard Farres.

Well, Ivan obviously couldn’t wait for the smaller displacement enduro bikes (which are said to be well on their way to production), and went ahead and put Triumph in the spotlight by riding a Tiger 900 Rally Pro to first place in the adventure bike (“Maxi-Trail”) class of the popular Bassella race in Spain.

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But let’s be clear, he didn’t just win the race on the Tiger, he dominated the course from the moment he left the start line wet in the rain until he crossed the finish line. finishing 25 seconds ahead of another world-class enduro rider, three-time FIM Bajas World Cup champion Alessandro Ruoso, riding a Yamaha Tenere 700. In third place was Gerard Farrés, aboard a Macbor Montana XR5 500.

Three-time FIM Bajas World Cup champion Alessandro Ruoso took second place aboard the Tenere 700.


Although the maxi-trail class is relatively new to European raid circuits, it looks set to become a staple, largely due to the public’s ever-growing affection for travel-ready adventure bikes. Ivan thinks it’s a good thing. “Maxi-trails are all the rage…and the idea of ​​creating a category for them was an absolute hit,” he told Spain’s SoloMoto in a post-race interview.

“In the beginning, handling a motorcycle weighing almost 200 kilos [441 lbs] like the Triumph I was driving can induce a certain respect, but later, when you get used to it, you find that its handling is much better than you think, ”he said of the Tiger Rally Pro, which it appears to have run stock, except for the addition of a custom skid plate, knobby tires and an Arrow silencer, an accessory offered by Triumph for the Tiger 900 range. , a rider of Ivan’s caliber is said to have had the Rally Pro’s Showa suspension professionally tuned, and the decals on the bike’s Showa fork tell us it happened via Andreani’s famed tuning house MHS in Barcelona.

Triumph Tiger 900 wins the Bassella Enduro Race Adventure Class

In the video of the race, it’s clear that the Tiger Rally Pro ate everything thrown at it, including lots of inclines, whoops and jumps. To see additional footage of Ivan putting the Tiger 900 Rally Pro through its paces, check out his Instagram post where he makes the big bike look like it was made for enduro riding.

If this heady Bassella Race win is a harbinger of Triumph’s quest to make a name for itself in the enduro and racing world, we’re eager to hear more. The bikes we expect to see soon, according to an interview Ivan did with enduro21.com on the subject, are 250cc and 450cc 4-strokes. “It will be a completely new bike, with a 100% Triumph engine and chassis,” Ivan said in the interview.

Triumph Tiger 900 wins the Bassella Enduro Race Adventure Class

It also hints that the 450cc model could be on course for rally racing and a Dakar race, an interesting badge twist just as Yamaha announced it would be pulling out of the event after 44 years.

But for Triumph, a company famous for its street machines, it’s full throttle down to the dirt tracks, and Ivan is happy to be on board. “That’s one of the reasons why I got fully involved in it, to make a dream come true. For me, it’s great to be part of a factory project like this, where I can contribute my point of view and all my experience.

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Photos of Nicki Martinez | Basselle race

Author: Jamie Elvidge

Jamie has been a motorcycle journalist for over 30 years, testing the full range of motorcycles for major print magazines and specializing in stories related to adventure travel. To date, she has written and provided photography for articles describing what it is like to ride in all 50 states and 43 foreign countries, receiving two Lowell Thomas Society of American Travel Writer’s Awards along the way. Her toughest adventure to date was participating in the 2018 GS Trophy in Mongolia as an embedded reporter for Team AusAmerica.

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