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WorldSBK Race 2 in Qatar Cancelled Due to Adverse Track Conditions

008The Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team's 2018 FIM World Superbike Championship campaign came to a premature conclusion in Qatar this evening, when WorldSBK Race 2 was cancelled on safety grounds shortly before the scheduled start. The news brought the curtain down on the team's most successful WorldSBK season to date, during which Michael van der Mark and Alex Lowes racked up three race wins and a total of 14 podium finishes between them.

Van der Mark and Lowes were met by high winds, a sandstorm and then torrential rain as they arrived at the Losail International Circuit for the final race day of the 2018 season. The adverse weather saw a delay to the race program, with the WorldSBK riders taking to the track for 15 minutes of warm-up more than 90 minutes later than scheduled.009

Following the session concerns were raised by the riders about the track conditions, which resulted in a further delay to the program as circuit staff worked to disperse the water running across the track in several areas.

Following the WorldSSP race, which was shortened from 15 to 12 laps, the safety commission made the decision to cancel WorldSBK Race 2, due to standing water on the track and after taking into account the differences in power and tyres of WorldSBK and WorldSSP machines. 010

The cancellation of the final race of the 2018 season meant van der Mark missed the chance, albeit an outside one, to challenge for second place in the championship standings, but the Pata Yamaha rider was happy to finish third, which exceeded the expectations he had at the start of the year.011

For Lowes, whose speed and consistency in Qatar was impressive throughout the weekend, the cancellation of Race 2 meant he lost the opportunity to add another podium finish to the one he secured yesterday in Race 1 when he took a hard fought third place. The Pata Yamaha rider ended the season sixth in the championship standings with 248 points.

While Qatar marks the end of the 2018 FIM World Superbike season the work doesn't stop for the Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team. The team head to Spain next month, where van der Mark and Lowes will commence their build up to the 2019 season.012end bike test

New 2019 YZF-R3

0102018 marks the 20th anniversary of the YZF-R1, surely one of the most influential motorcycles ever to be launched by Yamaha. Designed without compromise, the original R1 brought race bike engine performance and new levels of handling agility to the road rider and introduced a new era in supersport motorcycle design.

Yamaha's R-series supersport line has grown to include four class-leading motorcycles that have been developed using the same no-compromise philosophy that has made the YZF-R1 such an enduring success.001

For 2019 Yamaha will introduce the new YZF-R3that features a radical YZR-M1 inspired look together with a range of new performance-enhancing technology and refined ergonomics. Together with the recent announcement of the new YZF-R125 - as well as the latest YZF-R6, YZF-R1 and YZF-R1M - the R-series range is the most comprehensive line up of premium supersport models. 

R World is calling002

Yamaha has a rich heritage of building the most sought after Supersport motorcycles designed to deliver the pinnacle of performance on and off the track. From the rider-friendly YZF-R3 to the competition-focused YZF-R1M, the Yamaha R-series model line-up provides options for riders of all skill levels to experience the pure exhilaration of R World.003

New 2019 YZF-R3

Powered by a 321cc twin-cylinder engine that delivers excellent power for navigating cross-town traffic, carving twisty roads, or participating in a track day, the new 2019 YZF-R3 is a user-friendly lightweight supersport featuring Yamaha's race-inspired R-series styling. With its accessible seat height and ergonomic riding position, the new YZF-R3 is the perfect bike for first-time riders or experienced sport bike pilots who prefer a compact, nimble and agile machine.006

Renowned engine and chassis

A reliable 321cc liquid-cooled, four-stroke, in-line twin-cylinder, dual overhead cam (DOHC), 4-valve, fuel-injected engine is at the heart of the YZF-R3. Featuring the latest combustion technology together with lightweight forged aluminium pistons and all-aluminium DiASil cylinders with an offset design, the smooth-running and quick-revving YZF-R3 engine produces easy-to-manage power.

A lightweight high tensile steel tubular frame with a simple design incorporates the engine's crankcase as a stressed structural member of the chassis, resulting in the perfect balance of rigidity and weight. The long asymmetrical swingarm design ensures the efficient transmission of engine power to the rear wheel and delivers excellent straight-line stability, while the Monocross rear suspension system features a preload-adjustable KYB rear shock that gives stable damping and contributes to a mass centralization of weight.005

Combined with the all-new inverted front forks, an all-new triple clamp, 10-spoke cast aluminium wheels, a 298mm front brake disc with a floating twin-piston brake caliper, 32 degrees of handlebar steering range, a 780mm seat height and approximately 50/50 front-rear weight distribution, the YZF-R3 chassis delivers agile and responsive handling.

All-new Inverted front forks and R-series type aluminium handlebar crown2019-YZF-R3-Yamaha-Blue 1

To help achieve the right balance of comfort and sport riding performance for both street and track, the 2019 YZF-R3 features all-new KYB 37mm inverted front forks. Featuring a larger surface area between the outer and inner tubes than on conventional forks, the inverted design significantly improves fork rigidity, giving a sporty front-end feel and precise levels of surface feedback - while maintaining high levels of riding comfort.

Coupled with an all-new triple clamp that incorporates an aluminium handlebar crown with R-series styling, the new front suspension assembly works to provide the rider with outstanding handling during cornering and braking. The new inverted forks also enhance the overall specification of the 2019 YZF-R3 so that it more closely matches the premium appearance of the larger R-series models, giving a heightened pride of ownership and true feeling of belonging to the R family.004

New fuel tank design and lower handlebar position

The easy-to-ride character of the YZF-R3 is further enhanced for 2019 thanks to a new fuel tank and fuel tank cover design, along with a handlebar position that is 22mm lower. Fuel tank capacity remains at 14 litres, but the redesigned shape of the tank and cover (31.4mm wider above the knee area and 20mm lower at the fuel cap) helps to achieve a feeling of unity between the rider and machine.

From riding around town to being tucked in on a straight or banking over while apexing track corners, the ability to easily grip the YZF-R3 from multiple body positions allows the rider to take advantage of its full performance potential.009

Aerodynamic new front fairing and windscreen design

The new YZF-R3 features a front fairing and windscreen design that pays homage to Yamaha's flagship MotoGP®race bike, the YZR-M1, with an aggressive look that also achieves outstanding aerodynamic performance.

Developed in conjunction with wind tunnel and track tests, the new fairing and windscreen combination reduces aerodynamic drag by seven percent, enabling a decrease in air turbulence around the rider's helmet when in a tucked position, and giving an increase of up to 8 km/h in top speed. The YZR-M1 style central duct in the fairing also functions to direct airflow to the radiator, contributing to engine cooling performance.008

Additional new features

New YZF-R1 inspired dual LED headlights and position lights add to the aggressive look of the redesigned front fairing, and a new LCD instrument panel displays essential information that is easy to read at a glance.

The lightweight 10-spoke wheels are shod with radial tyres, providing the YZF-R3 rider with the best possible grip in all riding conditions.011

Key features

Ultimate Yamaha lightweight supersport

High-revving 321cc inline 2-cylinder liquid cooled DOHC 4-valve engine

Compact and lightweight high tensile tubular steel chassis

Radical new YZR-M1 MotoGP® inspired styling

New front fairing and screen gives up to 8 km/h top speed increase

YZF-R1 style dual LED headlamps and position lamps

Reshaped fuel tank and lower handlebars for improved sports ergonomics

New 37mm inverted front forks and Monocross rear shock

New multi-function LCD instruments with easy to read displays

Refined performance with outstanding reliability and excellent economy

Idealized 50/50 weight distribution for agile handling

R-series DNA

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005In the normal mode of celebrating a heritage of motorcycle racing, the Goodwood Revival now in its twentieth year of running, features some of the worlds superstar champions who were invited by Lord Marsh to contest the two-leg race on machines that pre-dated the 1954 cut off for these antique grand prix racers this year.

The race consists of some two legs run over the weekends packed race schedule. Each leg is contested by two riders who get around fifteen minutes of track time to strut their stuff before a crowd of over 50 000 race watchers all seemingly dressed up to the nines in 1950 period party type clothing. All this for the seasonal sporting occasion and a theatre for some of the most amazing cut and thrust racing to be seen in the UK on the a track with flowing layout and brisk corners. That always seems to provide dices in many of the races all day long from the first running of the track with its main focus on cars.

The Barry Sheen races are a highly prized event for two-wheel petrol heads. The addition to the mix of Freddie Spencer, John McGuiness, Jeremy McWilliams and Troy Corser, soon showed who was up for it. With Glen English and riding partner, John McGuinness setting pole position time. Second place went to an 85-year-old supercharged BMW with Troy Bayliss and this rigid framed machine, owned by Herbert Schibe was packing an extra 30 horse power over the rest of the fields Manx Norton’s, Matchless and Velocette racers. In fact, Corser set a speed trap time of over 130mph, while the machine handled like a pogo stick in the corners where the wheel jumped around like crazy, said Corser.001

Race 1

The 1929 BMW Compressor of Bayliss refused to start at the Le Mans race and he got away last, way behind Glen English who opened up a huge lead advantage over James Hillier and Ian Bain’s other Manx Norton. At the time, Jeremey McWilliams was out in front in the early laps but sadly the previous winning combination of himself and Duncan Fitchett were side lined as the long stroke Manx expired with a puff of blue smoke to end their charge. Meanwhile, Corser was turbocharged as he and Schwab sliced through the field to claim the third place behind Hillier and a steady riding John McGuiness who was fresh from his win at the Isle of Man Classic race.002

Race 2

The 500cc racers were all lined up for the second day’s events in stunning weather but this day was to belong to Troy Corser who was due to ride the second-leg of the race at the rider change, after which the fast riding of multiple classic racing world champion, Glen English and McGuiness held over 16 seconds advantage on the Manx Norton at the rider change.

The enduro riding style of Corser cut the advantage down by 12 seconds on the first lap and he was soon among the top riders like Charlie Williams, Adam Child and Ian Bain, gobbling them up at an alarming rate.003

With the favourites of McWilliams and Fitchett once again side-lined with mechanical gremlins on their weekend to forget, Troy gave a brilliant riding display when passing the Norton, he gave a pat on the back to John McGuiness as he shot by on the main straight with three laps to go. In a demonstration of sheer brilliance to give BMW their first win in the Memorial Race in the 20 year drought of competing in the slipstream of the 20th year of the event which can only be described as thrilling to behold for any spectator parked on the embankments at this star studded event.004end bike test

Suzuki KATANA launch

001The original Suzuki GSX1100S KATANA caused a sensation when it launched in 1981. It won the hearts of riders around the world and forever changed street motorcycle trends. The impact was so great, the KATANA continues to influence motorcycle designs even today.

Having poured its heart and soul into forging the original KATANA, Suzuki never lost its passion for the model. The legend of the KATANA lived on within the company as successive generations of designers and engineers anticipated the day they might get to work on new version.002

Fast forward to the fall of 2017 when the KATANA 3.0 CONCEPT model was introduced at EICMA in Milan. Designed by famed motorcycle designer Rodolfo Frascoli and built by Engines Engineering, this new vision of a thoroughly modern KATANA sparked a fire in the hearts of all.

Listening keenly to the feedback from EICMA and excited about the potential demonstrated by the KATANA 3.0 CONCEPT, Suzuki felt this was the right time to introduce a thoroughly modern version of the legendary KATANA. Development began soon after, with a team of designers and engineers burning the midnight oil in Hamamatsu until satisfied they had brought together all the elements necessary to create a new legend with the 2020 KATANA.003

Each of the styling features and performance components that distinguish the KATANA underwent many iterations to achieve the desired level of refinement and functional beauty. Overall, the development process came to closely resemble the arduous process of creating the Japanese sword from which the model’s name is derived.005

The KATANA product concept is;

“Forging a New Street Legend”

The KATANA was developed to be a sporty-looking standard street motorcycle that takes lean, mean retro flair and evolves it to offer thoroughly modern styling and performance. Built to deliver the exciting ride one would desire in a current 1000cm3 class motorcycle, the KATANA is also designed to provide easy control over that power and a comfortable riding position.

In paying due tribute to Suzuki’s legendary KATANA while updating both the looks and level of performance to a leading standard for today’s street scene, the KATANA reflects Suzuki’s ongoing commitment to fine craftsmanship and its willingness to sweat every detail to get them right.006

Major features of the KATANA

Design features:

Sleek, sporty profile with sharp, sweeping lines

Gives the distinctive design of the legendary KATANA a totally modern look

Sharp front end and clean, taut-looking rear end

Distinctive new LED headlight and LED front position lights design

Unique satellite rear fender extending from the swingarm

Red logo decal inherited from the legendary 1980s KATANA

Two-tone seat designed for comfort and good looks

Custom black upswept muffler


Performance features:

High-performance 999cm3 liquid-cooled inline-four engine

Inherited from the GSX-R1000 and custom-tuned for the street

Precision fuel injection system

Advanced engine control management

Suzuki Dual Throttle Valve (SDTV) system

Suzuki Exhaust Tuning (SET) system

Custom 4-2-1 exhaust system

Lightweight, compact and highly rigid aluminum frame

Lightweight, ruggedly braced aluminum swingarm

Fully adjustable Ø43mm KYB inverted front forks

Radial mount 4-piston Brembo front brake calipers


Controllability features:

3-mode traction control system

Low RPM Assist

Suzuki Easy Start System

Back-torque limiting clutch

Tubeless Dunlop tires with custom-designed pattern

Antilock Braking System (ABS)

Comfortable upright riding position

Informative full-LCD instrumentation



The 110kW (150PS) inline-four engine that powers the KATANA is directly inherited from the one that has long earned popularity and a solid reputation on the GSX-R1000.

However, a few minor modifications were implemented to realize even smoother throttle response and a wider torque band, as well as to optimize the induction roar and exhaust note.

Engine design - outline

Power is supplied by a four-stroke, liquid-cooled, DOHC, 999cm3 inline-four engine. It is a street-tuned version of the legendary 2005-2008 GSX-R1000 engine designed to provide smooth throttle response and immediate, controlled acceleration. The result is exciting and thoroughly satisfying performance with characteristics that make it easy to control.010

The reasons Suzuki chose to use the GSX-R1000 engine (from 2005-2008) are as follows:

Its long stroke design delivers broad low-to-mid range power and torque that is well suited for street riding.

Its crankshaft/gearbox layout allows the use of a frame design that runs straight from the steering head to swing-arm pivot. This results in realizing a lighter weight main frame design.

The 2005-2008 generation GSX-R1000 won a number of racing championships around the world. The engine has great reputation in the market, it is reliable, and it delivers plenty of power.

The engine features a long-stroke design with a 73.4mm bore and 59.0mm stroke.

The long-stroke design allows the combustion chamber to be compact. This makes it possible to regulate the compression ratio while maintaining a flat-top piston shape. The result is a broad power range delivered smoothly across the entire rev range.end bike test

Monster Energy and Yamaha Motor Europe Strengthen Motocross Racing Partnership Through to 2021

002Building on an already successful relationship, Yamaha Motor Europe is excited to announce a comprehensive new agreement has been reached with Monster Energy that will see the hugely popular energy drink increase their commitment to all Factory and Official Yamaha Racing MXGP, MX2, EMX250 and EMX125 teams through to 2021.

Having already collaborated with the Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team, Kemea Yamaha Official MX2 and ASTES4-TESAR Yamaha Official EMX250 teams for the past three years, Monster Energy has strengthened its support to include the Wilvo Yamaha Official MXGP and MJC Yamaha Official EMX125 teams from 2019 onwards. The new agreement will see the American energy drink brand extend the Title Sponsorship from the Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team to include the newly named Monster Energy Wilvo Yamaha Official MXGP and Monster Energy Kemea Yamaha Official MX2 Teams.001

In a major announcement ahead of the final round of the MXGP World Championship taking place at the popular Imola road-racing circuit in Italy this weekend, September 30th, Monster Energy celebrated the three-year agreement with Yamaha Motor Europe by unveiling the base livery that the Monster Energy supported Yamaha Factory and Official teams will use in 2019. end bike test

All new 2019 WR450F: The bike for all reasons

001More power, increased agility and added versatility in the victorYZone 

The all-new WR450F celebrates 20 years of Yamaha 4-stroke enduro production with a complete redesign that delivers stronger power with increased agility, as well as greater versatility and lighter handling. At the same time as being lighter, slimmer and faster, the all-new 2019 model maintains the characteristics that have made it one of the most popular 450cc enduro models all over the world, namely rock-solid stability, legendary reliability and outstanding high-speed performance.  002

In the two decades since the first WR-F 4-stroke revolutionized the enduro scene it has established a reputation for its linear and tractable power, high build quality and rugged construction - and these are the key elements that have made the WR450F a firm favourite with fast trail riders and serious racers alike. 

Since its original launch in 1998, the WR-F's engine has grown from 400cc to 426cc, and the latest generation reverse cylinder head engine displaces a full 450cc. The new 2019 model has been further developed using advanced engine and chassis technology derived from the latest highly successful YZ450F platform - an apex predator motocross bike that blends mind bending power with absolute control.  

WR450F: Built to win in any environment 

Yamaha's WR-F enduro bikes have been proving their race-winning potential all over the world in a wide variety of competitive off-road events. In the FIM Enduro World Championship, Outsiders Yamaha Official Enduro Team riders Jamie McCanney (E1) and Löic Larrieu (E2) have been challenging hard for the top place on the podium throughout the year - while Larrieu took a sensational outright victory in the 2017 ISDE against the world's best riders. Riding WR-F enduro bikes, Manxman McCanney and Frenchman Larrieu have established Yamaha as a main contender in EWC and underlined the company's total commitment to enduro. 010In the 2018 Dakar Rally, Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team rider Adrien Van Beveren retained the overall lead on his WR450F Rally for five days until an unfortunate race-ending crash on stage 10. With one stage victory and three more stage runner-up results, Frenchman Van Beveren proved the winning capabilities of the WR450F in the toughest possible environment. 

In addition to the legendary Dakar Rally, Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team riders have also had a full season competing in Cross Country Rallies all over the world, and the experience gained has contributed towards the development of the new WR450F. 007

Faster and stronger 450cc reverse-head engine 

The all-new WR450F is equipped with a sophisticated reverse cylinder head engine featuring a rearward slanting cylinder that helps to ensure idealized mass centralization. Developed from the MXGP-winning YZ450F motocross bike - and equipped with enduro-specific intake and exhaust systems, fuel injection and ignition advance maps - the new high torque 450cc 4-valve engine produces a broad and linear spread of useable power.  With an excellent feeling of traction, the WR450F delivers harder-hitting performance for winning times on enduro special tests. 

The stronger engine produces a wider band of pulling power and offers smoother throttle control for technical sections, and these enhanced characteristics - together with the lighter and slimmer feeling chassis - enable the WR450F rider to maintain a faster pace throughout the day. 004

New smartphone tuning with the Power Tuner app 

On board WiFi means that you can tune the new WR450F to suit different tracks and changing weather conditions using a smartphone in association with the Communication Control Unit that is available in the optional race kit*. The new Power Tuner app gives every WR450F rider the ability to make instant fueling and ignition timing changes and upload/share data for the ultimate in track-side tuning. 

The free Yamaha Power Tuner app also allows owners to record race log information and monitor a range of data such as maintenance and system diagnosis, engine run time and more. 
(* Race kit available separately) 005

Adjustable engine mode switch 

A handlebar-mounted dual engine map switch has been adopted and positioned next to the clutch lever to enable changes in the engine power delivery characteristics mid-race. This switch allows the rider to select one of two engine maps on the fly at the press of a button to cater for changes in the riding environment. Together with the new engine's wider spread of torque, this engine mode switch underlines the new WR450F's versatility and adaptability, making it an ideal enduro bike for racers as well as leisure riders. 009

Sharper handling aluminium bilateral beam frame 

Developed from the latest YZ450F, the all-new aluminium bilateral beam frame is slimmer and lighter, giving it a much lighter and more agile feel through twisty, rocky and technical terrain. The new frame design includes a revised head pipe position, straight tank rail, larger absorption zone and an enlarged rear arm bracket and these elements contribute to an improved agility, precision and traction. 011

Industry leading front and rear suspension 

The WR450F runs a sophisticated suspension system that provides a stable damping force with plenty of surface feedback at low to mid speeds. 

Featuring new internals with longer high-rate springs, the industry-leading KYB® air-oil-separate upside-down front forks provide stable damping characteristics over all types of terrain - while the flex-resistant outer tubes contribute to a secure feeling of ground contact. This front suspension system is widely acknowledged as being one of the best available on a production dirt bike, and responds particularly well during the transition between the compression and rebound strokes. 

The rear shock absorber is also based on the YZ450F unit and, like the forks, features enduro model-specific settings. Its new 11.5mm diameter coil spring is 350 grams lighter and has a higher fatigue strength than the current model's - and for cooler running and more stable damping force, the capacity of the shock's reservoir has been increased by 30cc. 006

Larger 7.9 litre fuel tank 

For increased riding time between fuel stops the 2019 WR450F is equipped with a newly designed large-capacity 7.9-litre plastic resin fuel tank featuring a compact fuel pump. The increased fuel capacity has been achieved by extending the fuel tank's lower section towards the centre of the bike - a move that improves mass centralization and ensures a slim and compact body design that enhances rider comfort and mobility. 

Lighter, slimmer and sharper bodywork and headlight design 

Current WR450F riders will appreciate how much this bike has changed for 2019 - and those who are new to Yamaha 4-stroke enduro will be impressed by its easy ergonomics. The new frame has enabled Yamaha's designers to fit much slimmer bodywork that looks and feels more like a 250, making this one of the most compact 450 enduro bikes. Mass centralization is also improved, and the overall impression of lightness and agility is reinforced by the new headlight cowl that sits lower and closer to the rider, giving a sharper race-bred look. 

The WR450F is also equipped with new and more compact radiators that facilitate the fitment of narrower and closer-fitting radiator shrouds that contribute towards rider mobility and give added control during stand-up riding. The new shrouds also feature wear resistant in-mould graphics that accentuate the athletic lines of the slim new body design. 012

More protective skid plate and new speed sensor 

The new model gets a larger and lighter plastic resin skid plate that is designed to protect the frame, engine, hoses and water pump from deep ruts and flying debris - and its close-fitting frontal area prevents mud and stones from accumulating in any cavities around the crankcases and so reduces additional running weight. 

For quicker and easier front wheel removal the new Yamaha enduro is equipped with a new type speed sensor. 

Free flow air filter 

For easy maintenance the WR450F gets an all-new airbox that enables tool-free filter changes. The new filter element gives reduced airflow resistance with increased reliability, and features rubber seals at the centre positioning pin for increased dust-filtering capability. 

Lighter, tougher clutch & wide?ratio 5?speed transmission 

In order to better handle harsh enduro conditions, the durable new clutch is equipped with a highly heat-resistant friction plate - and a new design that eliminates the judder spring is adopted to give a much lighter pull at the lever for better feel and improved controllability. 

The new WR450F adopts a wide-ratio 5-speed transmission with modified internals that provides strong off-road performance in difficult and technical areas, as well as strong high-speed performance for flat dirt sections. Also, the shapes of the dog gears have been revised. 003

Lower and narrower seat 

Whether you're sitting down or standing up, the new seat's slimmer design makes it easier to shift your body weight. As well as being 2cm narrower in the front section, the middle and rear sections of the seat are also lower, enabling you to move backwards or forwards more easily for more control when cornering, accelerating or braking. 

2019 WR450F Key Features 

All-new 450cc engine with optimized settings 
Optional race kit with CCU enables Power Tuner app 
New handlebar mounted switch adjusts engine mode 
New YZ450F-based lightweight bilateral beam frame 
Revised KYB® suspension for stable & smooth ride 
Slim, mass-centralized 7.9 litre fuel tank 
New light, slim and sharp body & headlight design 
Tough new skid plate and new speed sensor 
New radiator shrouds and easy-access air filter box design 
Durable new clutch, 5-speed wide-ratio gearbox 
New narrow, lower and more accessible seat 
Tough new wear-resistant in-mould graphics 008

2019 Off Road Competition Models

Yamaha's extensive range of Off Road Competition models including the WR250F enduro, TT-R 4-strokes and the PW50 2-stroke all feature new colours and graphics for 2019. 

Genuine Yamaha Accessories 

Genuine Yamaha Accessories & GYTR® Performance Products enable every rider to transform their stock Yamaha into a unique factory-style race bike. Designed to give enhanced performance, functionality and style, the range of components includes titanium exhausts and slip-on mufflers, billet clutch covers, discs, wheels, protectors and more. 
Yamaha is working closely with approved suppliers to develop new products, and so the Genuine Yamaha Accessories range of parts and accessories is constantly evolving. For full information please visit: bike test







001Pablo Nieto: "To give new life to our project, with the confirmed Luca Marini and Dennis Foggia, we have decided to invest into two rookies".

Nicolò Bulega: "It will be a new challenge, I am motivated to give my best and happy to face this jump together with the Sky Racing Team VR46, the team with which I made my debut in the World Championship in 2016".

Celestino Vietti Ramus: "Arriving into the World Championship is a dream comes true. A lot of work awaits me, the required effort will be really important, but it is a great opportunity".

Milan, September 19th, 2018. New beginnings, innovations and confirmations for the 2019 season of the Sky Racing Team VR46, which continues its project of growth and valorization of young talents of Italian motorcycling supporting them on both aspects, human and sporting side, of their growth. A goal achieved with Francesco Bagnaia, who with the Sky Racing Team VR46 raced in Moto3 and then in Moto2, before arriving in MotoGP where next year he will ride the Ducati of Team Alma Pramac Racing.002

For the 2019 season, the Team born in 2014 from the partnership between Sky and the VR46, will be on the starting grid with great ambitions, both in Moto2 and Moto3, thanks to the passion and the professionalism of its crew, the talent of the riders and under the guidance of the Team Manager Pablo Nieto.

For the third consecutive year, the lineup of the Team is composed by four riders in two categories: Nicolò Bulega will join Luca Marini in Moto2 on Kalex, while Celestino Vietti Ramus will debut in the World Championship alongside Dennis Foggia in Moto3 on KTM.

MOTO2 -  A new challenge awaits Nicolò Bulega, who will share the Moto2 garage with Luca Marini confirmed in the intermediate category for achieving ambitious goals in 2019. Luca is one of the most convincing and competitive riders of the season so far with three podiums in a row. Nicolò, after having made his debut in the World Championship with the Sky Racing Team VR46 in Moto3 in 2016, continues his natural growth path jumping in a category that is better suited to his technical and physical characteristics.

"After three seasons in Moto3, I'm ready to join this new adventure, full of expectations and motivations – said Bulega - I'll give my best and I'm really happy to have at my side, once again in a key moment of my career, the Sky Racing Team VR46. I will continue to stay focused on the current season, but I can not wait to get on the new bike".003

MOTO3 - From the CEV to the World Championship: after two seasons with the Sky VR46 Junior Team, Celestino Vietti Ramus will arrive in Moto3. The 16 years old, will repeat the same steps of his team-mate Dennis Foggia who made his debut in the World Championship in 2018 after having dressed the colors of the Junior Team. In the VR46 Riders Academy since 2015, Celestino is currently in tenth place in the FIM CEV standings with a third place in Barcelona as the best result of the season so far.

"Every young rider dreams of having this kind support and making his debut in the Championship in one of the best teams in the category. After two seasons in the CEV with the Junior Team, where I grew up, I gained experience thanks to the competence and professionalism of my crew, it's time to take this step and join the new challenge together with Sky and the VR46 Riders Academy. I'm really happy, a lot of work will be waiting me, the effort required will be really important, but it's a great opportunity ". – said Vietti.

At his side, for the second year on the starting grid of the Moto3 World Championship, Dennis Foggia for confirming all the good things he has shown in the current season.004

The Team Manager Pablo Nieto: "Thanks to Pecco, we have achieved our goal and, next year, for the first time a rider grown up in the Sky Racing Team VR46 will debut in MotoGP with a very competitive bike and Team. It was a great result for all of us, we have celebrated it, we have enjoyed this great satisfaction, but at the same time, this pushes us to move forward and continue to support the young Italian riders of our team with the same passion and professionalism. We have achieve an important result thanks to the effort of all the crew and this has to motivate us to continue in this direction without leaving any detail to chance.  For this reason, to give new life to our project, alongside the confirmed Luca Marini and Dennis Foggia, we have decided to invest into two rookies. On one hand, in Moto2, Nicolò will debut in the upper category with many expectations, riding a bike that it will best suit on his physical characteristics and with which he can express his full potential. On the other hand, Celestino will join the Moto3 Team, after a two-year experience with the Junior Team. He is young, but ready to jump in the World Championship and motivated to give his 100%. From a technical point of view, we have made a choice that menas stability considering the relationships of mutual trust that, over the years, we have built with KTM and Kalex ".end bike test

Gautier Paulin Joins Wilvo Yamaha Official MXGP in 2019

003Yamaha Motor Europe is pleased to announce the signing of Gautier Paulin to the Wilvo Yamaha Official MXGP Team where he will race a YZ450F alongside teammate Arnaud Tonus in the 2019 MXGP World Championship.

As one of the most talented riders in the world, Paulin already has an incredible list of achievements. The 28-year-old Frenchman has won 11 Grand Prix rounds, three in MX2 and eight in MXGP, and has stood on the podium 52 times, 18 times in MX2 and 34 in MXGP. He has claimed 19 race wins in total throughout that time, three were on a 250cc in the MX2 class, and 14 were aboard a 450cc inside the premier class, MXGP.

The incredibly talented Frenchman won the EMX250 Championship in 2007 and in that same year he made his FIM Motocross World Championship debut as a wild-card entry in the MX2 class at six of the 15 rounds where his best race finish was a fourth-place in Northern Ireland. His 2008 season was cut-short by injury meaning his first full term in MX2 was in 2009 where he won three rounds and finished the season as the bronze medallist.001

In 2011, he stepped up to the premier class formerly known as 'MX1' and now named 'MXGP', where he won the opening round in Fermo, Italy, onboard a Yamaha YZ450FM, and that was the same bike he took to victory at the 2011 Motocross of Nations in Saint Jean d'Angely, France, where he was the captain of the 'Home Team'. Having missed most of the 2011 season due to injury, Paulin was back with a vengeance in 2012 where he finished third in the MXGP championship classification in what was practically his rookie year.

In 2015, the French star finished as the runner-up in the MXGP World Championship, and then went on to add one more medal to his tally with yet another bronze inside the premier class in 2017.002

In addition to his individual achievements, the French phenomenon has had the honour of representing his nation at the prestigious Monster Energy Motocross of Nations on nine occasions where he has played a vital role in the teams' success, that includes four gold medals, in 2014, '15, '16 and '17, and two silver medals, in 2009, and '11. He will represent Team France for a tenth time, alongside Yamaha Factory rider Dylan Ferrandis and Jordi Tixier, at the 2018 Monster Energy Motocross of Nations that will take place on the weekend of October 7th at the Red Bud circuit in Michigan, USA.end bike test


001The National Cross Country season finale unfolded in Carletonville this weekend and proved to be a ground-breaking occasion for KTM South Africa.The orange brand made history by winning every National title possible and the 2018 Manufacturers Award.

Taking centre stage was Brother Leader Tread KTM’s Ross Branch, who claimed the prestigious overall and OR1 title for the third consecutive time.

It was a hard-fought victory for the motorsport star who entered the event just a point ahead of arch rival Kenny Gilbert.

From the moment the pair took off from the start line it was a bar-to-bar battle where Branch managed to take the lead in the early stages of the race. Despite some technical terrain and tight forest trails, his gap on Gilbert only widened with each passing lap.

After a testing 300 km’s in the saddle, Branch stormed to cross the final chequered flag of the season with an impressive three minute lead.

It was a heart-warming scene as fans surrounded the rider in orange shirts that had especially been designed for the occasion before he had even wrapped up the championship.

The local support comes at a time when the rider needs it most as he prepares for the 2019 Dakar Rally.

It’s been a long, tiring year! I needed this Championship - it was on my bucket list before I head off to Dakar. I couldn’t do any of it without my team and supporters, and hope to make them proud when I head to Peru next year,” said Branch.

After one of the most nail-biting seasons of his career, Branch commended Gilbert on his fight:

Racing with Kenny has been tough – he’d win one then I’d win one. We were basically tie coming into this event, and it came down to whoever got first today. He’s an amazing athlete, so hats off to him.”


The second championship title for Brother Leader Tread KTM came from OR3’s Jarryd Coetzee.

As spectators celebrated the spectacular finish, many were unaware of the immense effort it had taken the rider to even get to the start line this season.

With perseverance and a strong commitment to his rehab programme, Coetzee had spent the past two years overcoming a severe knee injury. While at times the possibility of returning to competitive racing form seemed highly unlikely, Coetzee pulled off the most exciting come back of his career.

It was an emotional moment as he switched off his bike at the finish line on Saturday, and he kept his helmet on for a few minutes to gain composure before commenting:

It’s been nine years since my first national title, and two years on the sideline – that felt like awfully long time with a lot of effort and emotion. There have been so many ups and a whole lot of downs to get to this point, but I finally have the championship – I couldn’t be happier!”


Adding yet another reason for Brother Leader Lead KTM to celebrate was a third National title from Juan ‘Bollie’ van Rooyen.

The Senior rider snatched up the championship for the fifth consecutive time in his career, and the 2018 title certainly took the biggest fight.

Van Rooyen entered the event with a slender lead, and needed to finish ahead of Wade Blaauw to secure the championship.

I came into the last round knowing that if I didn’t win this race, I’d lose the Championship. There was a lot of pressure, and this kind of terrain didn’t suit my style of riding. But I put in the work, the bike was awesome, and I managed to pull off the win!” said van Rooyen.


Rounding out the victorious orange streak was the Masters title from Pieter Holl, Gareth Cole of KTM Durban taking the OR2 title and Nardus Rabe from Roost KTM taking the High School title.

A beaming KTM South Africa Managing Director, Franziska Brandl, gave a parting shot as the memorable event drew to a close:

Wow, what a nail-biting season this has been and I couldn’t be prouder today! Going home with every single championship and the Manufacturers Award is much more than we could have asked for. The future of our sport is really bright – in orange I would say!”
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