Yamaha Racing Experience days cancelled for 2020 due to Coronavirus

Yamaha have taken the decision to cancel both Racing Experience days in the midst of the Coronavirus crisis. No new dates have been put forward, so you'll need to wait until 2021 to get your fix. 

The firm states: "Yamaha would like to assure all R1M owners that they will be contacted at a later date with regards to the future YRE events, at which Yamaha aim to offer a once in a lifetime experience where R1M owners will improve their riding skills and technical knowledge, while hitting the track with some of Yamaha's official riders"


Want to learn how your R1M really rides? Get on track with the 2020 Yamaha Racing Experience days

First published 11 December 2019 by Gareth Evans

If you’ve placed an order for a new Yamaha R1M, the company would like to invite you to one of two special two-day circuit experiences they’re putting on at a pair of MotoGP circuits.

The Yamaha Racing Experience days are to be held on April 20-21 at Misano World Circuit in Italy, and June 25-26 at Le Mans Circuit, France, and owners of the 2020 YZF-R1M can register for a free place at either event.

You’ll be joined by a group of professional instructors and Official Yamaha riders who’ll be on hand to help you get the best from your World Superbike M1-inspired superbike. Precise rider lineups will be announced closer to the events, but WSB star Michael van der Mark, starring in the promo video above, will be at both events. We'll bring you more information on who else will be there as we get it.

If you’ve ordered an R1M, you’ll have received an email with details of the event on your confirmation if you bought using the online ordering system.

However, if you own a pre-2020 R1, all is not lost. You’ll still be able to register for a limited number of places on these events. All you need to do is email YRE@yamaha-motor.eu with your bike’s VIN, model year and the event you’d like to go to. Applicants will hear if they've been successful when invitations are issued towards the end of January.

2020 Yamaha R1: the story

First reported 15 July 2019 by Dan Sutherland

2020 Yamaha R1 on track

This is the story of the 2020 Yamaha R1 and R1M - the Japanese firm's sportsbike pairing aimed at taking on the likes of the Ducati Panigale V4S, BMW S1000RR and Aprilia RSV4 1100 Factory

Boasting more efficient aerodynamics, an improved electronics package and reworked engine internals for greater performance, the standard bike will cost £16,799, with the limited-run M model priced at £21,999.

Tell me more about the 2020 Yamaha YZF-R1...

The R1 gets a more MotoGP-inspired styling makeover with new screen and fairing that integrates straight into the tank, promising a 5.3% increase in aerodynamic efficiency and greater comfort for a broader range of riders.

Alongside improved aero, there is also greater fairing rigidity, thanks to an aluminium air duct behind the front section, as well as titanium lower panelling covering the exhaust. This is coupled with new LED headlights which help give the bike a more aggressive stance. Both the R1 and R1M will also feature an aluminium fuel tank and aluminium wheels, too.

Meanwhile, the now Euro5-compliant 998cc crossplane crank engine has been reworked to include a new intake system, complete with new 10-hole Bosch fuel injectors for a wider spray angle giving a more efficient burn.

Although power remains unchanged at a claimed 197bhp, the bike receives updated finger-follower rocker arms and new cam lobes, that deliver more stable valve operation at high rpm. Extracting this top-end rush is made easier by a lighter ride-by-wire throttle, which is said to give a more natural feel.

To help pass emissions regulations, the reworked exhaust system now also features four catalysers, with one pair in front of the exhaust chamber and the other set at the rear. Both the silencer itself and the bike's engine heat protectors also feature noise reduction measures.

2020 Yamaha R1

Keeping all of that performance under control is an updated 43mm Kayaba fork with a new damping set up, alongside a revised steering damper and reworked rear shock settings.

Helping improve feel further are new Bridgestone Battlax RS11 tyres and a whopping seven electronic control systems, including a new Brake Control (cornering ABS), which works in tandem with the bike's six-axis IMU.

Featuring two modes (one fixed and one self-adjusting), it assesses data like lean angle and hydraulic brake pressure, to prevent lock-ups. Additional braking power is delivered by new high-friction front pads.

Available in blue or black, the bike also gets a new three-mode Engine Braking Management unit, that allows riders to adjust the severity of engine braking (high, medium or low).

Designed for greater deceleration performance, the system uses data including gear position, engine rpm, throttle position and throttle valve position, before the bike's ECU alters throttle opening, ignition timing and fuel injection to suit.

The latest R1 also gets an updated launch control system, which has now been modified to activate at 9000rpm, at a throttle opening of 41 degrees, producing faster race starts. What's more, all of these system indicators will be visible through an improved TFT dash.

Enter the Yamaha R1M

The limited-run R1M will feature the same electronic improvements as the base bike and sheds extra weight thanks to a set of carbon fibre front fairings, mudguard and tail section, alongside magnesium wheels and rear subframe. A titanium lower fairing cover completes the look.

Alongside weight-shedding, the Kayaba suspension is replaced with the latest in Öhlins finery, with a new electronic anti-cavitator NPX gas fork, to reduce negative pressure on the rebound stroke. The electronic rear shock also gains modified preload settings.

Finished in an updated sliver, blue and carbon livery, Yamaha have also produced a number of apps to go with the new bike, allowing riders to produce their own ideal settings with ease.

The YRC Setting app allows users to control the seven electronic systems to ensure they provide the preferred level of interference. Some controls can be switched off completely.

Meanwhile, the new Y-TRAC app allows customers to access the bike's Communication Control Unit (CCU) to download a range of data to your mobile. This can be viewed on a Google Maps rendering of a track, displaying information including acceleration and G-forces.

For some added individuality, every R1M will also have an engraved plaque with a unique production number, too.

Keep an eye out for the full 2020 Yamaha R1 review coming soon on MCN. 

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