The 2019 WR450F Rally

Receiving key updates for 2019, the new WR450F Rally is the machine that Yamalube Yamaha Rally riders Adrien Van Beveren, Xavier de Soultrait, Franco Caimi and Rodney Faggotter will be riding throughout the Dakar Rally 2019.

Taking advantage of the WR450F reversed cylinder technology, the engine produces a strong and controllable power and torque output. Featuring parts developed by GYTR, all internal engine modifications focus on combining outstanding performance with controllability. A series of specially developed EFI fuel maps along with an Akrapovic titanium exhaust, which sweeps under the engine, further enhance the bike’s performance.

Based on Yamaha’s aluminium frame the WR450F Rally’s chassis package features a 2cm longer swingarm for added high-speed stability. Topping the team’s priorities was the goal of maintaining a neutral riding position, which is as close as possible to the stock WR450F enduro bike. Featuring a modified offset of 25mm, team engineers placed the extra fuel tanks in a position that allows free and easy rider movement. 

To safeguard fuel autonomy for the long stages the new plastic tanks hold 33lt of fuel. Prioritising weight optimisation on every part of the bike, the end result gives a total dry weight of 142kg. In the suspension department, the new WR450F Rally has a KYB Factory developed rear shock. An oversize 300mm front disk handles the added loads of braking from higher speeds.

Kicking off on January 7 in Lima, Peru the 2019 edition of the Dakar will see team riders pilot the new WR450F Rally over 5,000km of rough terrain. With the 2019 Dakar Rally featuring 10 stages, 70% of them will be contested in the sandy dunes of the South American country.

Partnering with Rally Raid Parts and Accessories Manufacturer DRAG'ON, Yamaha Motor Europe will be making the official Yamaha WR450F Rally Replica available for purchase to all aspiring Dakar Rally racers. You may read all about it here.