Triumph began selling motorcycles 46 years before Honda, 48 years before Ducati, 50 years before Suzuki and 52 years before Yamaha. http://justacarguy.blogspot.com/2016/10/siegfried-bettmann-adopted-england-as.html
AJS, EMC, Matchless, Norton and Velocette have won Grand Prix victories, but Triumph had better sales, so they never felt motivated to race.
From the very beginning the company rarely went racing and its attitude became the norm across the British industry in the post-war years, even when racing legends like John Surtees came knocking at the door. The Triumph managing director said "we don’t need to go racing because we can sell all the bikes we make,” recalls Surtees