GBRacing’s products also form a crucial role in engine use management, as regulations restrict the maximum quantity available per rider. And, like many parts that make up our 330kph Yamaha R1 WorldSBK, there’s more to it than meets the eye!
Founded in 2007, GBRacing was born from 100 years of family company engineering expertise, and quickly established itself as the market leader in motorcycle protection products – gaining Federation of International Motorcyclists (FIM) accreditation in 2009. Since then, Graham and his son Tim Banks’ brand has become a mainstay in racing championships worldwide, from MotoGP to WorldSBK and across national series like British Superbikes.
GBRacing has worked with Crescent Racing almost from the beginning, and since Yamaha’s return to WorldSBK in 2016 has joined forces directly with Yamaha Motor Research & Development Europe (YMRE) for each iteration of the R1. The technology does more than just protect our bikes in the case of a crash, the development flows directly from track to road, as Tim explains.
“Our aim is to manufacture products which offer the same level of protection to the top level of racers through to road motorcyclists – call it full-factory for everyone,” he says. “The technology and process we’ve honed in-house enables us to adapt our products to each new Yamaha WorldSBK engine and clutch-housing shape in a fraction of the time it would take in a large-scale production style environment.”