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Eicma 2018: Yamaha reveal special edition GYTR R1 and R3

Published: 05 November 2018

Yamaha have released two special edition racing-focussed motorcycles at their Eicma 2018 press conference this evening in Milan, developed to shine in both the superbike and supersport 300 categories.

Produced as part of the Yamaha GYTR development program (Genuine Yamaha Technology Racing) the bikes consist of a limited-run R1 and R3, with both developed solely for track riding.

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YZF-R1 GYTR

Complete in a striking red and white livery in celebration of 20 years of the Yamaha R1 and the Japanese firm’s recent success at the Suzuki 8 Hours race, this new exclusive litre-bike will be available in just 20 units and has been draped in quality parts to help make it a competent track-centric missile.

The model shown this evening is only a prototype, with the full specs and pricing expected in mid-December. Reservation will then be open online, with the final sale completed within an official Yamaha dealership.

A neat etching on the yoke displays your model number

Specialist parts include a race ECU and CCU – or Computer Control Unit, which allows you to analyse the data from your riding to help you improve, as well as a quick-action throttle.

Electronics aside, the bike also receives an Öhlins FGRT 219 front fork package and TTX36 GP rear shock, complete with a fully adjustable steering damper and full titanium Akrapovič exhaust system.

In the event of a spill, protection will be supplied by Gilles Tooling, with armour installed on the crankcase and wheel axles.  

Additional racing parts

If all of this electrickery and performance enhancing extras don’t offer you the full bling-factor you desire, Yamaha will also give would-be owners the option to install a series of non-factory racing extras, specially selected and installed by racing engineers.

Once ready for the customer, a dyno engine break-in and tailored chassis set-up is then performed, to ensure optimal performance. What's more, ownership will also grant a place on the 2019 Yamaha Racing Experience, where they will be taught how to extract as much from their bike as they can.

YZF-R3 GYTR

The Yamaha R3 GYTR ridden on stage

Revealed alongside the road-going YZF-R125 and YZF-R3 towards the start of the show, this GYTR miniature supersport racer will come as a race pack that transforms the road bike into an all-out racer.

This achieved with the inclusion of Öhlins Racing suspension and a Brembo front disc, partnered with a titanium Akrapovič exhaust and GYTR engine kit that helps the motor comply with 2019 World Supersport 300 championship FIM regulations.

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