The FIM Endurance World Championship is the ultimate test of man and machine, with races that range from 8 to 24 hours long, meaning reliability, fuel economy and much more come into play rather than just outright pace.
The Endurance-Spec YZF-R1 is heavier than short-distance race bikes because of its lights needed to ride in the dark, a bigger tank to hold more fuel and heavier bodywork for extra sturdiness. The machine is usually shared between three riders in a team; therefore finding a good setup is always a compromise.
The Yamaha YZF-R1 has propelled the Yamaha Official EWC Teams to four separate FIM Endurance World Championships, the latest being the spectacular 2016/2017 season that saw the GMT94 Yamaha Official EWC Team lift the title. The bike has also won a historic three victories in a row at the Suzuka 8 Hours for the Yamaha Factory Racing Team in 2015, 2016 and 2017.