Friday, March 23, 2012

2012 Yamaha YZR-M1 unveiled: High-res pics, video

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Jorge Lorenzo and Ben's Pies, ready for battle once again...
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Yamaha have taken the wraps off their 2012 YZR-M1 MotoGP racebike. In accordance with the change in MotoGP regulations coming into effect from this year, the new M1 is powered by a 1,000cc (instead of last year’s 800cc) inline-four with crossplane crankshaft, with a power output of more than 240bhp.

The 2012 Yamaha YZR-M1 also gets an updated aluminium twin tube deltabox chassis with multi-adjustable steering geometry, adjustable aluminium swingarm, 6-speed cassette-type gearbox (with alternative gear ratios available), 16.5-inch forged magnesium wheels, Bridgeston tyres, fully adjustable Ohlins suspension and Brembo brakes – twin 320mm carbon discs at the front, with two 4-piston calipers and single rear disc with 2-piston caliper. As per FIM regulations, the bike weighs 157 kilos, dry.

‘I think that at the start of this year, the bikes will be closer in terms of absolute comparison performance compared to last year. Will it bring closer racing in general? I don’t know, we’ll have to see because the 1,000cc is different, the bikes are heavier, the power is stronger, the tyres are different,’ says Lin Jarvis, Managing Director, Yamaha Motor Racing Srl. ‘For me, there are two riders who have a ‘plus alpha’ at this moment and they are Casey Stoner and Jorge Lorenzo, so I have every confidence that Jorge, in terms of his capacity, is definitely able to win the MotoGP world championship again this year. I have no doubt. Let’s see how it works out with the bike and the competition. It’s a long season and many things can happen, but I expect Jorge to win many races this season,’ he adds.

‘The most significant new sponsor to join us is JX Nippon Oil & Energy Corporation. You will see them on the bike as ENEOS brand, which is their main petroleum and lubricant brand. They are a Japanese corporation, very strong in oil and energy, and they have a strong business connection with Yamaha, so we welcome ENEOS joining us. Also, we have an Italian company, PIZZOLI, one of the major companies here in Italy in the food sector,’ says Jarvis, about Yamaha’s new sponsors in MotoGP.

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Update (25.03.2012): Jorge Lorenzo and Ben's Pies aboard the YZR M1, at the pre-season test in Jerez
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