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