WorldSBK - Yamaha YZF-R1

The Yamaha YZF-R1 has proved itself on and off the track, claiming victory in the Suzuka 8 Hours endurance race alongside the British and American Superbike Championship titles during the first year of its triumphant return to motorsports in 2015. The R1 has since gone on to make it four consecutive victories at Suzuka (2015, 2016, 2017, 2018), plus also won the 2016/2017 FIM Endurance World Championship in the hands of the GMT94 Yamaha Official EWC Team. In 2018 the YZF-R1 secured three race wins in the FIM Superbike World Championship in the hands of Michael van der Mark and Alex Lowes.

Championship competition by removing road-safety aspects such as headlights and wing-mirrors, replacing bodywork with racing items and allowing modifications to engine management, exhaust systems, suspension, brakes and a number of engine parts. Current regulations stipulate the bike must weigh a minimum of 168kg, with power ranging between 750cc and 1200cc, depending on the number of cylinders the engine contains, while the tuning of race machines is now subject to more limitations than in previous years due to the restriction of technical modifications.

Now in their fourth year back in the FIM Superbike World Championship, Yamaha has been showing the competition what makes them one of the most well respected and timeless names in motorsport. With consistent results and year on year improvements to form, the YZF-R1 earned six podiums in 2017 for the Pata Yamaha WorldSBK Team's Alex Lowes (4) and Michael van der Mark (2), establishing them as regular podium contenders by the end of the season.

A program of continual development saw the YZF-R1 even more competitive in 2018, securing 14 podium finishes in the hands of van der Mark (10) and Lowes (4), with both riders claiming their first WorldSBK race wins during the season. Van der Mark dominated the Donington Park round to win both races, while Lowes got the better of his teammate in Brno to claim a third win for the YZF-R1.

Main titles
2009 Ben Spies: World Champion
Yamaha YZF-R1 Pata WorldSBK

Technical Specifications


  • Model:
  • YZF-R1
  • Engine type: :
  • Liquid-cooled, 4-stroke, DOHC, forward-inclined parallel 4-cylinder, 4-valves
  • Displacement:
  • 998cc
  • Bore and Stroke:
  • 79.0mm x 50.9mm
  • Maximum power:
  • over 220 P.S.
  • Lubrication system:
  • Wet sump
  • Clutch type:
  • Wet, Multiple Disc
  • Fuel system:
  • Fuel Injection
  • Ignition system:
  • Marelli MLE
  • Starter system:
  • Electric
  • Transmission system:
  • Constant Mesh, 6-speed
  • Final transmission:
  • Chain


  • Frame:
  • Aluminium Deltabox
  • Front suspension system:
  • Ohlins Ø 46 mm
  • Front travel:
  • 130 mm
  • Caster angle:
  • 24º (+/- 1º)
  • Rear suspension system:
  • Swingarm, (link suspension)
  • Rear travel:
  • 120 mm
  • Front brake:
  • Hydraulic dual disc, Ø 336mm Brembo
  • Rear brake:
  • Hydraulic single disc, Ø 218 mm Brembo
  • Front tyre:
  • 120/70 17” Pirelli
  • Rear tyre:
  • 200/50 17” Pirelli


  • Overall length:
  • 2,055 mm
  • Overall width:
  • 690 mm
  • Overall height:
  • 1,150 mm
  • Seat height:
  • 855 mm
  • Wheel base:
  • 1,450 mm (+/- 15)
  • Minimum ground clearance:
  • 130 mm
  • Wet weight:
  • 168 kg
  • Fuel tank capacity:
  • 24 litres
  • Oil tank capacity:
  • 3.9 litres