Yamaha have released pics of the 2011 M1, and it looks a bit... drab. No, really, The Doctor seems to have taken all the magic away with him. The machine may or may not still be as good to ride as it has been in the last three years – we’ll surely find out when the racing season kicks off next month – but somehow, the YZR-M1 doesn’t evoke any emotion in us anymore. There’s no logic there, we know, but what can we do – our loyalties are with Valentino Rossi and he’s now with Ducati.
Here are some high-res official pics of the 2011 Yamaha YZR-M1. Hope it doesn’t win too many races this year!
2011 Yamaha YZR-M1: Tech specs
Engine: Liquid-cooled crossplane-crankshaft inline-four
Top speed: In excess of 320km/h
Transmission: Six-speed cassette-type gearbox, with alternative gear ratios available
Chassis: Aluminium twin tube delta box, multi-adjustable steering geometry/wheelbase/ride height, aluminium swingarm
Suspension: Ohlins upside-down front forks and Ohlins rear shock, all adjustable for preload, high- and low-speed compression and rebound damping. Alternative rear suspension links available
Wheels: MFR forged Magnesium, 16.5-inches front and rear
Tyres: Bridgestone, 16.5-inches front and rear, available as slick, intermediate, wet and hand-cut
Brakes: Brembo, two 320mm carbon discs at front, two four-piston callipers, and single 220mm stainless steel disc at the back, with twin-piston calliper
Weight: 150kg, in accordance with FIM regulations
Can Ben Spies and Jorge Lorenzo on the YZR-M1 take on Valentino Rossi on the GP11 Ducati Desmosedici? Oh, well, we hope the Desmo kicks the M1's arse into orbit...
...and now that you've seen this dull blue-white-and-black Yamaha, you need to see the hottest 2011 MotoGP machine, here!