Yamaha Europe and YART team up for limited-run Petronas MotoGP replica R1

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Yamaha Europe have teamed up with Yamaha Austria Racing Team (YART) to create a run of 46 individually numbered Petronas Sepang Racing MotoGP team replica YZF-R1s.

The 46 machines have been commissioned to celebrate 46 years of Petronas – the satellite squad’s title sponsor – and will cost (you guessed it) €46,000 each, excluding VAT. Around £41,300 in the UK, the bikes are available to European customers only.

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With the team currently leading the championship, thanks to two wins for Frenchman, Fabio Quartararo, at the beginning on the season, each bike has been dusted with a number of performances enhancing goodies to help the rider extract more on circuit.

The special Yamaha R1 alongside the MotoGP bikes

YART run one of three GYTR Pro Shops in Europe – specialist outlets selling ‘Genuine Yamaha Technology Racing’ performance parts to everyone from trackday riders, to World Superbike teams. 

Starting on the outside, the four-cylinder superbike gets a carbon fibre fairing kit, complete with MotoGP-inspired winglets and special livery supplied by the same company that do the race bikes. Hidden beneath that is a racing ECU, which will work in tandem with the quick action throttle for greater acceleration. Helping further and unlocking more of that yowling crossplane crank soundtrack is a full racing exhaust. 

Away from straight line punch, each bike will also get Öhlins FGRT series forks and a TTX rear shock, plus a new steering damper. For faster rubber changes in pitlane, there is also a quick release for the rear wheel. All bikes will be shod with Michelin race slicks upon sale.

Stopping power is provided by Brembo, with GP4-RX calipers biting onto chunky T-Drive discs. Brembo have also provided the clutch lever and front remote brake adjuster. The bike will also roll on seven-spoke aluminium Marchesini wheels.

It’s not all about the motorcycle though and alongside your race-ready superbike, each buyer will also receive a KYT helmet, Petronas Yamaha polo shirt and the opportunity to be a VIP guest at a future MotoGP round of their choosing.

Dan Sutherland

By Dan Sutherland

News Editor, sportsbike nut, and racing fan.