BACK in July, Triumph Motorcycles announced the development of a comprehensive range of competition Motocross and Enduro motorcycles. Now the most successful motocross racer of all time, Ricky Carmichael has thrown a leg over the new Triumph Tiger 1200.
The legend himself has officially tested the prototype and put it through its paces in an exclusive first ride. “This thing is sweet! I know a lot of time and effort has gone into this new 1200, and it shows. It handles phenomenally,” he said.
The Triumph Tiger 1200 will join the brand’s class-leading and globally renowned motorcycle range as part of its new MX and Enduro family, and will bring engineering expertise to riders and racers worldwide.
This will be accompanied by a landmark moment for Triumph and the MX and Enduro racing world, with a Triumph factory race program, and a commitment to top-tier championship racing in both Motocross and Enduro series.
Hand-in-hand with this commitment to race and win at the highest level in the sport, Triumph also announced the welcoming of Carmichael and five-times Enduro World Champion Iván Cervantes to the family as active partners.
An announcement of the timetable for the launch and reveal of the motorcycles, as well as the racing program, the new Triumph MX and Enduro offerings will follow in the coming months.
And if you’ve read this far, and your still wondering who Ricky Carmichael is, and why he’s the greatest motocross racer of all time, let us explain. As an amateur, he won 67 National Championships before turning pro at age 17.
In his pro career, Carmichael won a record 15 motocross championships, with two perfect seasons and a further five Supercross championships. Over both motocross and supercross, he won an unsurpassed 150 races.
Ever popular in the paddock and with fans, Carmichael was voted AMA Rider of the Year five times during his career. Since retirement from pro-level motocross racing, he has remained heavily involved in the sport he loves.
He has done everything from owning a championship-winning team, designing tracks for the Daytona Supercross, and running Ricky Carmichael University, to commentating on the Monster Energy AMA Supercross.
Now he’s working with Triumph as part of the most exciting development in his sport in decades.