The Bike

Yamaha YZR-M1

Valentino Rossi has played a vital role in developing the YZR-M1 and their love story is one of the most famous tales in the world of motorsport. The Doctor first tested the YZR-M1 in 2004 and tried multiple engine prototypes before choosing one that he labeled a "sweet" engine. The story between Rossi and the M1 machine reached epic heights when he won his debut race on the Yamaha in Welkom (South Africa) that same season. He went on to win four MotoGP championships in nine seasons racing with it.

For the 2017 season the YZR-M1 carried veteran racer Valentino Rossi and his lightning fast new teammate Maverick Viñales to two positions in the top 5 for the year. Testing for the new year’s and new season’s YZR-M1 began in earnest just two days after the final round of the season and the YZR-M1 began its journey towards a thrilling 2018 season.

Main titles
2015 Jorge Lorenzo: World Champion
2012 Jorge Lorenzo: World Champion
2010 Jorge Lorenzo: World Champion
2009 Valentino Rossi: World Champion
2008 Valentino Rossi: World Champion
2005 Valentino Rossi: World Champion
2004 Valentino Rossi: World Champion
Yamaha YZR-M1 Movistar

Technical Specifications

Bike

  • Model:
  • YZR-M1

Specifications

  • Engine:
  • 1000cc Liquid cooled inline four-cylinder with crossplane crankshaft
  • Chassis:
  • Aluminium twin tube delta box with multi-adjustable steering geometry Aluminium swingarm
  • Transmission:
  • Six-speed cassette-type gearbox with alternative gear ratios available
  • Wheels:
  • MFR Forged Magnesium 17” front and rear
  • Brakes:
  • Brembo, two 320 mm or 340 mm carbon front discs, two four piston calipers. Single stainless steel rear disc, twin-piston caliper
  • Power:
  • Over 240 horsepower - 176KW
  • Suspension:
  • Öhlins upside down front forks and Öhlins rear shock all adjustable for pre-load and compression, rebound damping
  • Tyres:
  • Michelin, 17” front and rear, available as slick and wet tyres
  • Weight:
  • 157 kg, in accordance with FIM regulations