Ténéré to get GYTR makeover? Racing boss hints at hot new direction for Yamaha 700

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Yamaha Europe’s product management lead for racing has hinted that the firm are working on factory bolt-on rally-raiding extras for their Ténéré 700 range as part of their GYTR programme.

Standing for Genuine Yamaha Technology Racing, the scheme already allows on-track and motocross enthusiasts to install performance orientated parts, bodywork, and electronics.

Speaking to MCN at the recent launch of firm’s track-only R1 GYTR, Yamaha’s Leon Oosterhof said: “It could be interesting. We are looking into if that could be an option.”

MCN put the question to Oosterhof on the basis that last year’s Ténéré 700 World Raid concept, revealed at the 2021 EICMA show and later spawning a production bike, was littered with all-terrain extras, a rally navigation tower and a bespoke camo paint job displaying the letters ‘GYTR’.

“That bike had a lot of interest, so that was very motivational for us,” he said. “Sometimes you make a concept and then show it and see how the market reacts and if there’s enough curiosity and interest. We are looking into whether that could be an option.

“In off-road, we are also active with the GYTR programme. So, in motocross we are almost as active as we are in our R series. We have chassis parts and engine parts – both used by the factory teams. Products derived from those teams are then brought to customers.”