Monday, February 02, 2009

2009 Yamaha YZR M1 and Valentino Rossi unveiled...


2009 Yamaha YZR M1 and The Doctor. We're hoping this will be the most effective combo in the 2009 MotoGP season, making mincemeat out of Casey 'Loudmouth' Stoner...

Yamaha have just released pics and specs of the 2009 YZR M1 and the new, spruced-up-for-2009 Valentino Rossi. We’ll start with the M1, which still packs more than 200bhp from its inline-four and has a top speed in excess of 320km/h. The gearbox is a six-speed cassette-type unit, with quick-swappable ratios, while the chassis is an aluminium twin tube delta box jobbie, with multi-adjustable steering geometry, wheelbase and ride height.

The swingarm is made of aluminium, suspension is Ohlins (front and rear), adjustable for everything that can possibly be adjusted, and then some. The brakes are Brembo – twin 320mm carbon discs with four-piston callipers at front, single 220mm stainless steel disc with twin-piston calliper at the back.

The 2009 M1 weighs 148 kilos (in accordance with FIM regulations) and rides on 16.5-inch Marchesini wheels that are available in a variety of rim widths and which are shod with Bridgestone tyres – slick, intermediate, wet or hand-cut.

‘I had the chance to try the 2009 prototype briefly after Valencia, but more so in Jerez, when I was very fast. The bike seems better and I was faster than I was with the 2008 version. I'm very confident, and anyway we're only at the beginning of our work and now we must use these months before April to improve the 2009 M1 even more,’ says Valentino Rossi, speaking about the 2009 YZR M1. 'We're working a lot on the engine and we're trying to find a way to improve the acceleration a bit, and I think that this is the area in which we will be concentrating,' he adds.

Yamaha have also been working on engine management controls and fuel injection maps, with which they hope to improve acceleration significantly. The aim is to allow Rossi and Lorenzo to open the throttle earlier - and harder - while exiting corners. 'In 2008, when we won everything - the Constructors' title, the Riders' title, the Teams' title - it provoked great motivation and reaction from rival riders and factories, and they must have all started working to produce a bike capable of beating us. We'll do the same,' says Rossi's team manager, Davide Brivio.

Moving on from the M1 and coming to the 2009 Valentino Rossi, The Doctor is in fine fettle as ever. With six MotoGP world championships to his credit, Rossi is now the only man who’s ever won world championships in the two-stroke 500cc as well four-stroke 990cc and 800cc classes.

Now 30 years old, No.46 will be one of the top contenders for winning the 2009 MotoGP world championship. Of course, he doesn’t need the money anymore – he races because he loves it. Rossi earned an estimated US$34 million in 2007 and probably much more in 2008. This year, global recession or not, The Doctor could be raking in as much as US$45 million according to some estimates.

Do we think Rossi will kick Stoner’s arse all over the world again, this year? But of course. Go……!!!!!

Also see:
Huge collection of MotoGP wallpaper from the 2008 season...
Vittoriano Guareschi is impressed with the 2009 Ducati GP9 racebike...
Barry Sheene tribute GSX-R750...
Face-off: 2009 Yamaha R1 vs 1990s Yamaha 500 GP bikes...
Riding impression: Regis Laconi’s WSBK Kawasaki ZX-10R...
Memorable: Graeme Crosby and his bikes...
Duel in hell: BMW HP2 Sport vs KTM RC8...

Elsewhere today:
Pics from the 2009 London Motorcycle Show...
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