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Matthew Birt  says:

Yamaha reveal details of YZR-M1 lease plan

Yamaha has exclusively revealed to MCN more details of its plan to lease a YZR-M1 engine package for the 2014 MotoGP world championship. In Texas last month, the Japanese factory confirmed its plan to lease YZR-M1 engines for a maximum of four riders in an initial scheme to run between 2014 and 2016. Interest in the project started to intensify during last...

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Nostrodamus

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Nostrodamus says:

Well that puts a bit of meat on the Yamaha bones

Of course it's nothing more than a hunch, but the HRC deal still strikes me as the better option of the two. With the 81mm bore 15k rpm is not going to be a problem for valve springs.

The Japanese have a lot of experience in putting their motors into chassis'. Remember the KR bike with the HRC engine. They never really got it breathing properly as I recall.

But great that Yamaha have enquiries, and we shall hopefully see a bit of variety of sorts on the grid 2014. Bye, bye CRT's. Now if Aprilia built a pukka GP engine (rather than this souped up road bike thing) with the spec ECU......

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GuyGraham

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GuyGraham says:

Its not the rev limit that the pnuematic valves will help with, but the speed at which the the valve is opened and shut, something which traditional springs can never match, plus there's also the future of variable lift and duration which will do away with the throttle butterflies, again something valve springs cannot cope with

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mchale2020 says:

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racingfan99

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racingfan99 says:

This is good news in many ways but only if there is a fantastic designer somewhere who is capable of making a frame/chassis of such a standard to do the engine justice. Otherwise it will be a dead duck. a fine engine on a poor motorbike is just as bad as a brilliant frame and a crappy engine. Down the years we have seen a few examples of both. Let's be honest HRC or Yamaha look good to open up their doors; but its unrealistic to expect any one getting too close to challenging their full factory bikes. Think Eddie Lawson and Kanemoto won championship beating Gardner on one, but think they had to mess around and tried 13 frames in one season!

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OwainGlyndwr

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OwainGlyndwr says:

"A chassis manufacturer probably needs at least four months to build a chassis around the engine"

after which, they need to spend lots of time and money testing. Then they get to race. Then they hand all the hardware back to Yamaha (having paid at least £675,000 for the privilege). No surprise that no-one's interested.

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carloslavado says:

I reckon Kalex will have a go at this. The MarcVDS team run Kalex in both Moto 2 and 3, so this might be a real option for Scott Redding. Hopefuly both Scott and Pol Espargaro will have some say in wich way to go with the frame. After all they are the fastest Kalex riders out there at the moment. Unlike the CRT's and an underpowered fake RCV. I actually see promise in an M1 powered Kalex/Yamaha. Bring it on. Looks wise it should be great too. The Kalex Moto2 bike is the best looking race bike out there.

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OwainGlyndwr

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OwainGlyndwr says:

Carlos

I think you'll find that FTR are 'in the frame' (sorry) on the chassis front. Yamaha intends to strictly control who (if anyone) gets these motors but you're right about Marc VDS being one of the very few teams who could possibly afford to go down this route.

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bluehaze60

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bluehaze60 says:

Good idea

I remember yamaha doing this in the 90,s with yzr 500 engines, Harris & roc chassis were used with great effect,

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bluehaze60

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bluehaze60 says:

Vds team running in moto gp ,redding elbow scraping , there's a thought:)

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Richard1967

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Richard1967 says:

Roc on

The Roc Yamaha got a third at Donington GP 1993 i think , Niall MacKenzie on board , great bike great rider

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