Triumph confirms 2022 WorldSSP return, signs Hannes Soomer

Triumph will enter the WorldSSP Championship in a factory capacity for the first time since 2012 with the naked-turned-sportsbike Triumph STR765 

Hannes Sooner - Dynavolt Triumph STR765, WorldSSP

Triumph has officially confirmed it will return to international motorsport competition this year with an entry into the 2022 WorldSSP Championship with an adapted version of its Street Triple 765 RS naked.

The British manufacturer had been weighing up a move into WorldSSP since the FIM and Dorna announced an overhaul of the WorldSSP regulations that would allow motorcycles with up to 960cc (depending on cylinders) to compete.

After being tasked with producing a ‘pilot’ entry into the British Supersport Championship to allow regulators to determine how to equalise the performance of a 765cc three-cylinder against its 600-660cc four-cylinder counterparts, the nominated model was included in the homologation entry list for 2022.

This, however, is the first time Triumph has stated it will compete in WorldSSP, marking its first factory-supported entry since 2012, though privately-entered versions of its Daytona 675 sportsbike would be entered in the seasons that followed. 

With Performance Technical Racing preparing the entry behind the scenes - under the Dynavolt Triumph banner - the manufacturer has also announced its first signing in Estonian racer Hannes Soomer, a triple podium winner at WorldSSP level. His team-mate is expected to be Moto2-convert Stefano Manzi.

“I am very happy to join the Dynavolt Triumph team for the 2022 season. I truly believe in the bike’s potential and the team’s experience and am sure we can find a good way to work quickly. 

“This year will present some new challenges with the new regulations which makes it very unpredictable and interesting. I can only say we will give it our all and I can’t wait to start testing and really working for the season ahead.”