Triumph’s new lineup of dirt bikes may still be under wraps, but the British manufacturer is putting its best foot forward and taking on dirt events like never before.
The latest Triumph to take to dirt competition is the Tiger 900 Rally Pro, which has taken on the Baja Aragon in the newly formed Trail category with five-time enduro World Champion Iván Cervantes behind the bars.
“I am discovering a whole new world for me as a result of starting to collaborate with Triumph, Cervantes said prior to the race.
“After years riding in high-end Enduro competition, new challenges arise for me, and when I heard about the premiere of the new Trail category to participate in the Baja with Triumph I thought: Let’s go for it!”
Cervantes’ entry into the Baja Aragón follows his commanding performance on the Tiger 900 in the Maxi-Trail class at Bassella, where he dominated the field from start to finish and took the chequered flag 25 seconds ahead of his closest competition.
Riding for the first time in the newly formed Trail category, Cervantes will put the Tiger 900 to the test in a series of timed stages through the Aragón region’s searing temperatures and challenging terrain, competing alongside purpose-built race machines.
To celebrate this historic moment, the Tiger has been hand-painted with a unique new ‘Baja Aragón’ race livery, adding to its aggressive attitude and style.
After riding across more than 450km of the Aragón region’s most challenging terrain, Cervantes finished with an overall time of 6 hours, 13 minutes, and 32 seconds, an hour and 6 minutes ahead of the second-placed rider in the category.
Perhaps even more impressively, in a race that counts as the 4th round of the 2022 FIM Bajas World Cup, Cervantes finished in 11th position overall, only 33 minutes and 50 seconds behind the first placed rider, against a field of 75 others, including some of the most competitive riders in the international rally scene and their purpose-built, Dakar specification racing motorcycles.