Monster Energy Yamaha Rally Team’s Ross Branch has raced to an impressive fourth place finish on stage two of the 2021 Dakar Rally following a faultless ride. With his strong result, Ross advances up to third in the provisional classification. Adrien Van Beveren also put together a positive stage to claim sixth, with Jamie McCanney 19th and Franco Caimi coming home in 31st. Frustratingly, Andrew Short was forced to retire following a technical issue.
Stage two of the 2021 Dakar Rally saw the Monster Energy Yamaha Rally Team take on the first sand dunes of the event. With their navigational skills put to the test throughout the technical stage, the team ended the day optimistic about the stages ahead and looking forward to the coming days in the sand dunes.
Setting off in 15th position proved highly advantageous for Ross Branch as he went on to finish in fourth place following an impeccable ride throughout the technical 457-kilometre special. Attacking the sand dunes at the start of the stage he rode confidently, chasing down the leading riders. With Ross never falling outside the top six throughout the stage, the Yamaha WR450F Rally mounted rider now finds himself placed third in the provisional overall classification, just 14 seconds down on the second placed rider.After just over four and a half hours in the saddle, Adrien Van Beveren came home in sixth place to continue his strong start to the rally. Taking to the start in 13th following his result on the opening stage proved highly advantageous as he was able to focus on following the lines left in the deep sand by the competitors ahead of him. Despite riding through dust at times, he remained focused, going on to record another strong finish. The Frenchman now sits sixth in the provisional overall classification.
Jamie McCanney continues to learn the ropes of rally racing. After coming close to crashing early on in the stage, the Manxman then found himself passed by some much more experienced riders, temporarily knocking his confidence. Quickly regrouping, he then made a navigational error, which cost him valuable time. Despite his frustrations, Jamie placed 19th and heads into tomorrow very much focused on riding his own race.It was a frustrating stage two for Franco Caimi. Following his impressive seventh place finish on stage one, a minor technical issue slowed his pace early on. Once that was resolved he charged forwards, able to claw back some of the lost time to end the stage in 31st. With tomorrow’s stage again set to feature a lot of sand, Franco will be able to capitalise on the tracks left before him and focus on his riding as he aims to return to the top 10 in the overall classification.
In placing 12th on the event’s opening stage, Andrew Short started the Dakar Rally on a positive note. Unfortunately, a technical issue just past the halfway point of stage two brought the American’s participation in this year’s event to an untimely end.
Stage three of the 2021 Dakar Rally is a loop stage that starts from, and returns to, Wadi Ad-Dawasir. The 629 km stage features a 403 km special and provides a real challenge of mixed terrain including dunes and technical canyons, linked together with high-speed sections.Ross Branch – Monster Energy Yamaha Rally Team
"It was another good day for me today. I really enjoyed the stage and it was nice to follow some tracks and focus on my riding. The stage was tricky towards the end, some technical sections that required accurate navigation but we got through that fine, so it was a good day at the office. This year’s rally is really tough but I’m having a great time here with the team and loving the racing so I can’t wait for tomorrow."
Adrien Van Beveren – Monster Energy Yamaha Rally Team
"A much better day for me today. Plenty of sand and dunes and I was able to ride loose and confident, a big improvement over yesterday. I pushed from the start, but quickly got caught up in some dust from other riders but I kept my rhythm and kept moving forwards. I made a few small mistakes but felt great today, really confident on my bike and I’m happy with where I am after stage two."
Jamie McCanney – Monster Energy Yamaha Rally Team
"Nothing special today, really. Some tough learnings. I didn’t realise that I was in the top 20 until the end and rode a little cautiously after being passed by some faster riders. That knocked my confidence a bit. I then followed close to someone who then turned around as he’d gone the wrong way and I just followed him into that mistake. I was kicking myself for that one so I’ll be focusing on myself from now on."
Franco Caimi – Monster Energy Yamaha Rally Team
"Today was a difficult one but there is still a long way to go. I had a small technical issue with my bike and lost a lot of time but for tomorrow I will be able to follow tracks left by those ahead of me, so I am confident of making up for lost time. I’m really happy with my riding and the bike set-up and from here onwards I will just push forwards. There is still a lot of racing to go."
Andrew Short - Monster Energy Yamaha Rally Team
"For sure it’s disappointing to end the rally like this as I had a really good stage going. I felt awesome on the bike and things were going well. With Dakar only happening once a year, it’s frustrating to go out like this but I’ll be back next year. I’m thankful to be healthy but sad at the same time as it’s a race that we all work hard towards all year round, but it’s how racing goes sometimes. All the best to my team-mates, it's going to be a tough race this year."
Alexandre Kowalski – Yamaha Europe Off-Road Racing Manager
"It was a good and bad day for the team. It was a difficult stage with very deep sand in places, but our riders enjoyed the challenge. Both Ross and Adrien rode perfectly today. Minimal risks and solid results, but this may hurt them tomorrow as they will start with the leading riders. But this is how rally goes and they both know what they are doing so they will look to maintain their strong overall positions. Franco had a small problem that he was able to fix. This was disappointing but we have seen results change drastically each day so I am confident that he will claw back time in the days ahead. Jamie had another consistent day and his level has really improved over last year, which is nice to see. Consistency is really important this year with the new rules and I am confident that he can continue like this. Sadly, for Andrew, his rally is over. Halfway through the stage he had a problem with the bike and was unable to finish the stage. I’m really disappointed for him after a great start to the rally. Everyone in the team feels for Andrew, but as we all know Dakar can be cruel. Tomorrow will be tough, not too long but more sand so we will prepare the best we can and continue to fight for strong positions."
Dakar Rally 2021
Stage 2 Provisional Classification
- Joan Barreda (Honda) 4:17:56
- Ricky Brabec (Honda) 4:21:51 + 0:03:55
- Pablo Quintanilla (Husqvarna) 4:23:58 + 0:06:02
- Ross Branch (Yamaha) 4:29:50 + 0:11:54
- Jose Ignacio Cornejo (Honda) 4:30:02 + 0:12:06
- Adrien Van Beveren (Yamaha) 4:30:38 + 0:12:42
- Jamie McCanney (Yamaha) 4:43:43 + 0:25:47
- Franco Caimi (Yamaha) 4:54:27 + 0:36:31
Dakar Rally 2021
Overall Provisional Classification (after stage 2)
- Joan Barreda (Honda) 8:15:38
- Ricky Brabec (Honda) 8:22:01 + 0:06:23
- Ross Branch (Yamaha) 8:22:15 + 0:06:37
- Pablo Quintanilla (Husqvarna) 8:22:54 + 0:07:16
- Xavier de Soultrait (Husqvarna) 8:24:03 + 0:08:25
- Adrien Van Beveren (Yamaha) 8:24:12 + 0:08:34
- Jamie McCanney (Yamaha) 8:41:42 + 0:26:04
- Franco Caimi (Yamaha) 8:43:03 + 0:27:25
Monster Energy Yamaha Rally Official Team’s Adrien Van Beveren has won the opening Hail Baja – the first of two bajas to be held as part of the Hail Rally – following victory on both stages of the two-day event. Using the race as preparation for the upcoming Dakar Rally, the Frenchman enjoyed a trouble-free run through the competition, enjoying the tricky navigation found throughout both stages.
Comprising a short, two-day schedule and covering a total distance of 692km, the first Hail Baja provided plenty of positive training for Adrien. Welcoming the challenge that lay ahead, and very much using the event to further familiarise himself with true desert terrain, he was the first rider to set off into the sand dunes surrounding Radifah on the opening stage. Relying solely on his roadbook skills, Adrien confidently tackled the tricky navigation and with his pre-race training clearly paying dividends, the Frenchman delivered a mistake-free ride to claim the stage win.Heading into the desert surrounding the city of Jubbah for day two, the 29-year-old initially navigated his way through a number of rocky sections before safely reaching the day’s sand dunes that formed a large part of the 347km stage. Going on to cross the finish line with a comfortable advantage, he secured the event’s overall victory and rounded out two days of enjoyable and constructive racing in style.
Confident with both his riding and the set-up of his Yamaha WR450F Rally, Van Beveren is now looking ahead to December 15 and the second leg of the Hail Rally. With a similar race format on offer, it will be his final competitive outing in desert conditions ahead of the Dakar Rally in January.Adrien Van Beveren – Monster Energy Yamaha Rally Official Team
“This race was such great training for the Dakar Rally. Despite being called a Baja, this was just the name for the event and it was a true rally, with tricky navigation. I’m really pleased with my decision to race as the terrain and navigation was just like what is expected at the Dakar. It was cold starting early in the mornings, close to zero, but I really enjoyed both stages once I got into them. I’m here for training and I felt great on my bike, so I’m really happy. I’m now looking forwards to Tuesday for the second rally here and to continue with my preparation ahead of Dakar.”
Overall Provisional Classification (after stage 2)
1. Adrien Van Beveren (Yamaha) 5:38:22
2. Konrad Dabrowski (KTM) 6:26:47 + 0:48:25
3. Mishal Alghuneim (KTM) 6:57:33 + 1:19:11
4. Riyadh Saud Alshammari (Yamaha) 6:59:14 + 1:20:52
5. Abdulmajeed Abdulaziz Aakhulaifi (Yamaha) 7:12:06 + 1:33:44
6. Anas Al Ruhayany (KTM) 7:22:16 + 1:43:54
LIVE FROM TAVULLIA THE UNVEIL OF THE NEW LIVERIES
DURING THE ANTE FACTOR OF THEX FACTOR FINAL REVEALED ON SKY ONE THE BIKES OF THE NEW SEASON WITH THE MOTOGP DEBUT OF LUCA MARINI WITH THE SKY RACING TEAM VR46 AND ESPONSORAMA RACING ON DUCATI AND MARCO BEZZECCHI IN MOTO2 TOGETHER WITH CELESTINO VIETTI RAMUS ON KALEX
Tavullia, December 10th 2020. As usual, the Sky Racing Team VR46 has unveiled the liveries of the new season during the Ante Factor of the X Factor final on Sky Uno. This time with something new: Luca Marini for MotoGP and Marco Bezzecchi and Celestino Vietti Ramus for Moto2, live directly from the headquarters of the VR46 Riders Academy in Tavullia, with Guido Meda just before the start of the final episode of the popular talent show. The new MotoGP and Moto2 liveries for the 2021 season, revisited in the colors by the graphic and creative department of the VR46, have the same look in both categories: the touch of satin grey becomes shiny black, with a play of contrasts introduced by the chrome blue, which redesigns the graphics of the two Teams in a more racing way.
After the great results of the 2020, with the Team World title in Moto2, the second place in the standings of Luca Marini, 17 podiums and 7 wins- the Team born in 2014 from the project shared between Sky and VR46 for supporting the growth of the youngItalian motorcycling talents, is projected towards the next season confirming the commitment in two categories.After Francesco Bagnaia, Moto2 World Champion in 2018, Luca Marini will be the second rider of the Team to make his debut in the top class the next February thanks to the agreement between the Sky Racing Team VR46, Esponsorama Racing and Ducati. In Moto2, Marco Bezzecchi, fourth in the Championship this year, is ready to fight for the Top positions alongside Celestino Vietti Ramus, rookie in the category after having impressed in Moto3. In both categories, the Sky Racing Team VR46 will be able to count on the commitment and trust of partners who have embraced the Team's philosophy. WITH U, Monster Energy and Bardahl will continue to be the main partners of the project. Fassi is also confirmed together withDainese and AGV, alongside the Team since its birth.
With its development based on feedback coming straight from top-level Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s stars, the new KTM 450 SX-F FACTORY EDITION offers enticing performance and aesthetic upgrades for 2021 together with myKTM app connectivity straight out of the showroom.
From a stadium seat, a track fence or through a screen: the sight of a race-winning motorcycle in full flight is something special for every READY TO RACE fan. Competition never stops and KTM remains true to its fundamental goal of continuously pushing the boundaries while searching for something even better for all racers at the start line.
After securing the 2019 AMA Supercross 450SX Championship, in 2020 Cooper Webb collected 13 podium results and four Main Event victories to finish runner-up in the championship aboard the KTM 450 SX-F FACTORY EDITION. This machine was also the tool for Marvin Musquin to post seven top-three moto finishes in the 2020 AMA Pro Motocross series as he bounced back from injury with a satisfying fourth in the final 450MX class standings.
Taking full advantage of the experience collected through countless training and racing laps, for 2021 KTM applies key upgrades onto the latest installment of the KTM 450 SX-F FACTORY EDITION. The 2021 bike carries a near-identical visual aspect to the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing machines raced in Supercross and Motocross.
Creating a direct performance link to the works machines of Cooper and Marvin, the bike comes with an orange frame, Factory wheels, Factory triple clamps anodized in orange, a composite skid plate, a Hinson clutch cover and an orange rear sprocket. The spec list also boasts elements like the Akrapovič silencer, the Factory start holeshot device, the semi floating front brake and the disc guard.
A notable addition for 2021 is the Connectivity Unit that now comes as standard and is integrated onto the new bar pad. This means the innovative myKTM App can be synced immediately and without the need of any additional parts. Through the use of the myKTM app, riders of all levels can customize ENGINE settings.
An additional benefit of the myKTM app is its ability to offer SUSPENSION recommendations based on every rider’s personal characteristics. Through a few easy menu options and swipes of your smartphone, every 2021 KTM 450 SX-F FACTORY EDITION rider can shape their bike to a variety of conditions or terrain.
KTM 450 SX-F FACTORY EDITION - MODEL HIGHLIGHTS
// Updated Red Bull KTM Factory Racing graphics
// Connectivity Unit fitted as standard
// Ability to connect with the innovative myKTM app
// Akrapovič slip-on silencer
// Factory triple clamps anodized in orange
// KTM Factory wheels
// Factory start for front fork
// Exclusive orange frame
// Composite skid plate
// Factory seat with Selle Dalla Valle stamp
// Semi-floating front brake disc
// Front brake disc guard
// Orange rear sprocket
// Engine updates
// Hinson clutch cover
Joachim Sauer - KTM Senior Product Manager Offroad:“Riders still cannot get more ‘READY TO RACE’ than with our new KTM 450 SX-F FACTORY EDITION. We knew the bike had to look the part for 2021 but we also wanted to keep all the same special technical details that place this model as one of the flagships of our range. Its credentials are proven. Very useful additions for 2021, the Connectivity Unit and the myKTM App allow every rider to get the most of their potential in every condition. With this bike, we trust that KTM fans worldwide will find a true race-winning machine that really looks the part.”
Produced in limited quantities, the 2021 KTM 450 SX-F FACTORY EDITION will be available at authorized KTM dealers internationally from December 2020 onwards. For more information please contact your local KTM dealer or visit KTM.com
Roads of Life
“Roads of Life” is the core concept behind Yamaha’s Sport Touring segment, the goal to gather all type of riders who are all looking for the same goal. New roads to explore. New memories to create. Few other forms of personal transport can match the sense of total freedom experienced on every motorcycle journey. And no other vehicle comes close to matching the thrill and excitement of two wheels.
Each Yamaha Sport Touring is designed to provide an instant and accessible escape from the day-to-day world by giving everyone the chance to clear their mind and appreciate the wonders of the natural environment. Now, more than ever, we all need to be able to get outside at a moment’s notice and create a new world where we can take charge of our destiny and live life to the fullest.The Roads of Life are waiting to be explored, lifelong memories are ready to be created, and new friends are sure to be made along the way. With a choice of models with two wheels and three wheels, Yamaha’s dynamic Sport Touring segment has the power to change the way we live our lives by making faraway places more accessible to everyone.
Original Tracer 900: The perfect balance of sport and touring
In 2015 the first Yamaha Tracer 900 arrived in Europe and changed the way that many riders perceived the Sport Touring class. Offering the thrilling performance of a sport bike together with an impressive long-distance touring capability – as well as being ideally suited to urban commuting – the original Tracer 900 proved to be a major success by attracting many new customers of all ages and from different backgrounds.Followed by a second generation EU4 model in 2018, the Tracer 900 has established itself as the number one bike in the Sport Touring class, selling three times as many units as its nearest rival in 2019. This outstandingly adaptable motorcycle is now regarded by many as the definitive Sport Touring, and is one of the most important models in Yamaha’s line-up.
All-new TRACER 9: Ultimate Sports Versatility
Five years after the launch of the original model, Yamaha has created all-new versions of the ultimate multi-role motorcycles that are designed to reaffirm the model’s position as Europe’s favourite Sport Touring and attract a new generation of riders to the category.Lighter, more powerful and supremely versatile – and now equipped with the most sophisticated technology ever seen on a Yamaha Sport Touring – the all-new TRACER 9 and TRACER 9 GT remain true to the ‘Sporting heart, touring soul’ philosophy that has made them the number one bike in its class. Offering increased levels of thrilling performance combined with enhanced touring capabilities and a higher overall specification, these new motorcycles offer ultimate sports versatility.
New EU5 890cc CP3 engine: More thrilling, more capable, more versatile
Powering the all-new TRACER 9 is a completely redesigned 890cc CP3 crossplane technology engine that is lighter, more powerful and more advanced than the original powerplant that forever changed the image of the Sports Touring class. Our CP3 architecture lays the foundations for a completely new engine.
Fully EU5-compliant, the sophisticated new inline 3-cylinder engine features an increased capacity of 890cc thanks to a 3mm enlargement in the stroke diameter, and this significant cc boost contributes towards a 7% increase in torque output. A key feature of the new larger capacity engine is that this much higher torque output of 9.5kg-m / 93 Nm is produced at 7000rpm – 1500rpm lower down the rev range then previously – for outstanding acceleration and rapid overtaking. As well as this marked increase in linear torque, the power output of the larger capacity 890cc engine is increased to 119PS at 10,000rpm – 4hp more than previously – making this one of the most thrilling, capable and versatile motorcycles in its class.Famed for its linear torque, outstanding reliability and amazing versatility than enables riders to get maximum riding enjoyment in every situation – from twisty mountain roads through to fast, open highways and busy urban streets – the original CP3 engine has become one of the most successful designs in Yamaha’s 65 year history. Quicker, stronger and more advanced, the new TRACER 9 engine is a worthy successor to the original, and despite its increase in capacity, it actually weighs 1,700g less than the outgoing design, which contributes towards the new bike’s enhanced handling agility and versatility.
New CF die-cast Deltabox chassis: Sportier handling, increased stability
Lighter, more compact and better handling, the TRACER 9’s all-new CF die-cast Deltabox chassis has been designed to give ultimate sports versatility with excellent comfort, making this the kind of bike that is ready to switch character to suit the rider’s mood.Another important improvement for 2021 is the repositioning of the new 890cc CP3 engine, which is now mounted in a more upright angle of 52.3º, compared to 47.5º on the previous model. These changes improve the overall balance of the lightweight CF die-cast chassis to give a higher degree of surface feedback from the front end, as well as a greater feeling of front end traction in corners.Longer high-rigidity swingarm: Increased stability, sporty agility
To match the new frame’s increased rigidity and more compact design, the TRACER 9 is equipped with a completely redesigned lightweight aluminium swingarm that pivots inside the frame’s outer structure in contrast to the previous model’s external pivot points. Although externally similar in appearance to the design used on the 2021 MT-09, the TRACER 9 swingarm is actually 60mm longer, giving a 1,500mm wheelbase – the same as the previous Tracer 900.Full 3-bag luggage capability: Increased flexibility and versatility
To optimize its versatility and touring capabilities the new model is designed to accommodate a total of three hard luggage cases, enabling the TRACER 9 to run with any combination of sidecases and a top case. ‘Floating Stay’ system is used for the side cases to enhance high speed stability and isolate luggage movement on the bike, and a one-piece wraparound grab bar facilitates the fitment of a top case. With its lower weight and increased strength, the all-new chassis can handle a total payload of riders and luggage of 193kg – a 7% increase in load carrying capacity.Class-leading electronic rider aids: 6-axis IMU for ultimate controllability
Originally developed for the R1 and never previously available in the Yamaha Sport Touring category, Yamaha’s 6-axis IMU (Inertial Measurement Unit) constantly measures the TRACER 9’s acceleration in the forward-backward; up-down and left-right directions – as well as the angular velocity in the machine’s pitch, roll and yaw directions.
Since its introduction on the R1 in 2015, this 6-axis IMU has been further developed, and the unit featured on the new TRACER 9 is now 50% smaller and 40% lighter. This high-tech IMU device constantly sends data to the ECU which computes all the data in real time, and effectively governs the new TRACER’s Traction Control System (TCS) as well as its Slide Control System (SCS), front wheel LIFt control system (LIF) and Brake Control system (BC).Traction Control System (TCS)
If any potential loss of rear tyre traction is sensed during acceleration, data from the IMU informs the ECU to activate the lean-sensitive TCS and momentarily restrict drive force until rear wheel slip is eliminated. This intelligent system intervenes at three increasing levels as lean angle increases, giving the TRACER 9 rider added confidence when accelerating on wet or slippery road surfaces.Slide Control System (SCS)
When data from the IMU predicts a sideways rear tyre slide the ECU adjusts power levels correspondingly until full stability is assured. The SCS can be set at any one of three intervention levels, and can be turned off when required.Front wheel LIFt control system (LIF)
LIF enables the rider to maintain a high degree of chassis control during aggressive acceleration by adjusting the rate of front wheel lift when it is sensed by the IMU. As with the SCS, the LIF system has three selectable intervention levels, and can also be turned off by the rider.
Three TCS/SCS/LIF mode settings
To keep the whole system easy to understand and simple to operate there are three mode settings available for the TRACER 9 rider. In Mode 1 the TCS, SCS and LIF are all pre-set to level 1, this being the lowest intervention level that is designed to accommodate sporty and aggressive riding. When Mode 2 is selected the TCS, SCS and LIF are all pre-set at level 2, which is moderate intervention that suits a wide variety of different conditions. Finally, Mode 3 is the manual setting option that enables the rider to select any combination from the 3 TCS settings, 3 SCS settings and off, and 3 LIF settings and off, giving a potential 48 different combinations.Brake Control system (BC)
The TRACER 9 is also equipped with a 2-Mode Brake Control (BC) system that provides added chassis stability during emergency braking situations. Data from the IMU is constantly analysed, and when excessive lever pressure is applied to the front or rear brake by the rider, the pressure is automatically modulated by the BC system.
The rider can select either of two modes: BC1 is the standard ABS-active mode which prevents wheel lock-up during emergency braking in an upright, straight-line situation. When set to BC2, the system offers an even higher level of intervention by controlling brake pressure when the IMU senses that the chassis is likely to become unsettled in situations such as sudden mid-corner braking.Yamaha D-Mode: Four running modes for every situation
Yamaha D-Mode offers the TRACER 9 rider a total of four running modes to suit the widest variety of Sport Touring riding situations – one more than the previous model. Mode 1 gives a sharper and more aggressive engine response, Mode 2 is the all-round setting for a variety of situations, Mode 3 delivers a gentler character that’s ideal for relaxed riding, and the new Mode 4 is perfect for wet weather riding.
Cruise Control: Making longer journeys more enjoyable
The TRACER 9 is now equipped as standard with a Cruise Control that’s similar to the system used on the previous GT model, making longer journeys even more relaxing and enjoyable.
The Cruise Control can be activated when riding at a speed of 50 km/h or more and using 4th gear or higher, and once a speed is selected it can be adjusted up and down in 2 km/h increments by a single push of the switch or by continuously holding it down. The system can be immediately deactivated by using the brakes, clutch or rolling the grip forward on a closed throttle.
New fuelling system: Increased 350km+ range with stronger performance
Another important change for 2021 is the TRACER 9’s all new fuel delivery system that features fuel injectors mounted to the throttle valve side – whereas they were previously mounted directly to the cylinder head. Together with the use of new lightweight engine internals, the new fuelling design increases combustion efficiency and helps to achieve a notable 9% increase in fuel economy, giving this Sport Touring an extended range of 350 km+ from its 18-litre fuel tank, without adding additional weight by bigger fuel tank.
APSG ride-by-wire throttle: Improved feel and reliability
The TRACER 9’s Yamaha Chip Controlled Throttle (YCC-T) benefits from highly sophisticated R1M developed technology in the form of a new Accelerator Position Sensor Grip (APSG) – a ride-by-wire throttle system that contributes toward the bike’s reduced overall weight and gives improved feel and reliability.
New higher-efficiency intake and exhaust: reduced weight, increased thrills!
Each motorcycle’s specification sheet can tell a lot about the way it’s going to perform, but numbers alone won’t give the whole story. The CP3 engine is famous for its intoxicating blend of linear torque and wonderful exhaust note, and Yamaha’s designers have devoted a lot of effort into making the whole TRACER 9 riding experience even more thrilling and exciting at all speeds.
The TRACER 9 is equipped with a new 1.5 chamber-type exhaust with twin tail pipes. Together with redesigned stainless steel header pipes, the complete exhaust weighs 1,400g less than previously, contributing significantly towards mass centralization for even more agile handling.
Refined transmission with uprated A&S clutch: Better feel, smoother shifting
The TRACER 9 is equipped with slightly higher 1st and 2nd gear ratios that match the new engine’s higher torque output at lower rpm, and for smoother gearchanges the shift fork has been redesigned. Modifications have also been made to the A&S clutch, including the use of new material for the friction plates and a revised cam angle to give a lighter lever pull and gentler chassis behaviour during downshifts, resulting in a smoother, easier and more satisfying ride.
Model-specific engine mounts: Increased stability when fully loaded
While the overall design of the TRACER 9 frame uses the new MT-09 as its base, Yamaha’s engineers have developed a range of model-specific components that make an important contribution towards achieving excellent straight line stability and cornering agility when fully loaded.
Model-specific engine mounts for the TRACER 9 have been developed through Kanno Hyoka – that is to say evaluating motorcycle performance based on test rider perceptions and feedback. Featuring a thicker construction that is unique to the TRACER 9, the left and right side engine mounting brackets as well as the top mount ensure that the engine’s role as a stressed member helps to create an excellent balance of rigidity for optimum handling performance – even when carrying a passenger and three hard cases.
Next generation design: Agile, compact and minimalist body style
Featuring completely redesigned bodywork, the all-new TRACER 9 seeks to build on the outstanding success of Europe’s best-selling Sport Touring by offering an even more sporty, dynamic and versatile package.
Very careful consideration was given to the layout and shape of the 3 bag luggage system, and the overall look of the side cases and top case is designed to complement the bike’s sporty and dynamic character.
A key feature of the new TRACER 9 is the ‘arrow’ silhouette formed by the windscreen, front fairing and fuel tank cover that gives a dynamic and purposeful new look, and the compact new mono-focus LED twin-eye headlights – together with LED lighting throughout and twin TFT meters – reinforce the bike’s technologically advanced look and underline the TRACER 9’s high overall specification.
Full LED lighting throughout: Excellent visibility with dynamic new style
New mono-focus twin-eye LED ‘hidden’ headlights are recessed in the aerodynamic front fairing to give this next-generation Sport Touring a bold and distinctive new look that underlines its truly dynamic and sporty character. One LED headlight unit projects the low beam while the other unit projects the high beam, and they are designed to give excellent forward illumination with an even spread of light that is softer at the edges, making them easier on the rider’s eyes. The dynamic new face also features dual LED position lights that reinforce the imposing presence of the TRACER 9.
The all-new LED rear light design is quintessentially TRACER, and features specially cut inner lenses that give a smoother tail and brake light with a three-dimensional effect to underline the bike’s ultra-modern style – and the full LED lighting is completed with compact and lightweight LED flashers.
Twin 3.5-inch full colour TFT meters: Clear and comprehensive information
The all-new twin 3.5-inch multi-function TFT meters display extremely clear data and feature an intuitive rider interface that separates the critical running information from the functional operational information.
Key running information is featured on the left screen, including a multi-coloured bar-type tachometer whose colour changes as rpm rises, as well as a digital speedometer, fuel gauge, gear position and TCS mode indicator. The left screen can be switched to the TCS mode and setting display, enabling the rider to select the desired intervention mode for the electronic rider aids. Meanwhile the right screen is split into four separate sections, each one displaying a range of information such as odometer, tripmeters 1 & 2, temperature and more.
Ultra-light Yamaha SpinForged wheels: Increased agility and lighter handling
The 10-spoke SpinForged wheels and large-diameter axles fitted to the new TRACER 9 are 700g lighter than previously, and this major reduction in unsprung weight makes a positive contribution towards the bike’s agile handling, lightweight steering and responsive suspension characteristics.
Optimized suspension settings: Smooth, stable and comfortable
Offering full adjustability so that they can be quickly set up to match the prevailing riding conditions and load carried, the TRACER 9’s new high-specification 41mm front forks are 30mm shorter than the previous design in order to match the lower head pipe on the CF die-cast frame.
Featuring an adjustable rear shock, the rear suspension system features a new linkage that has been redesigned for greater space efficiency and also to match the revised frame and swingarm design.
Commanding riding position: Adjustable to different riders and riding situations
The TRACER 9’s roomy and commanding riding position ensures the highest levels of comfort, and the ergonomics can be easily adjusted to suit different physiques and riding styles. The newly developed rider’s seat is mounted 15mm lower than the previous model, and features a simple tool-less two-position height adjuster. Further changes to the ergonomics can be made by adjusting the footrests by 15mm up or down, and the handlebar position can also be moved forwards by 9mm and upwards by 4mm by reversing the direction of the handlebar clamps, giving a total of 8 different riding positions.
Larger fully-adjustable windscreen: Increased comfort, reduced fatigue
For increased wind protection and reduced fatigue caused by buffeting on longer rides, the TRACER 9 is equipped with a large screen that can be adjusted by a total of 50mm through 10 increments of 5mm. Compact and lightweight handlebar brush guards also help to protect from the wind and weather.
R1 type radial front brake master cylinder: More power with linear control
The TRACER 9 is constructed to an extremely high standard specification, and the all-new 2021 model is the first ever Yamaha Sport Touring to be equipped with a front brake featuring a R1-type radial master cylinder. Manufactured by Nissin, this high-tech supersport-class braking system features a piston that moves parallel to the brake lever travel, giving a more linear brake feel, giving the rider a higher degree of controllability.
New Battlax T32 tyres: Excellent wet and dry performance
Yamaha and Bridgestone have jointly developed the new Battlax T32 Sport Touring tyres specifically for the TRACER 9. The development goals were to create a new tyre that could offer excellent wet and dry performance together with excellent durability and strong straight-line performance, qualities that match the versatile character of this new Sport Touring. The combination of a 120/70ZR17 front and 180/55ZR17 rear provide good feedback with a precise feel, enabling the TRACER 9 rider to experience ultimate sports versatility, whatever the weather.
KTM is calling on all KTM DUKE riders to show the world why they deserve the title of THE ULTIMATE DUKE RIDER.
If you’ve had the privilege of riding the latest KTM 1290 SUPER DUKE R, you’ll know that it takes a certain type of rider to pilot a DUKE. It’s not enough to simply ride a DUKE - you have to wrestle with it into submission.
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Yamaha Motor Europe celebrated the success of its 2020 racing strategy as the MX2 Manufacturer of the year thanks to the excellence of the YZ250F and the skill and determination of riders Jago Geerts, Ben Watson and Maxime Renaux, all three of whom visited the top step of the podium over the course of the season.
This achievement marks Yamaha's third Manufacturers crown since the class was reinvented as MX2 in 2004, with the first title coming in 2005 and the second following two years later in 2007.
Spearheaded by the Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MX2 team, which was reintroduced in 2020 after a five-year hiatus, and strengthened by the addition of the SM Action M.C. Migliori Yamaha Supported Team, Yamaha celebrated 18 race wins, 23 podium finishes and nine Grand Prix wins on its way to the 2020 MX2 Manufacturers title.
Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MX2’s Jago Geerts led 156 laps, won 14 races and celebrated 12 podium finishes, of which six were Grand Prix wins to claim MX2’s silver medal with 679-points. Simultaneously, SM Action M.C. Migliori Yamaha’s Maxime Renaux ended the season 98-points further adrift in third position after taking his very first race and Grand Prix win in Faenza, Italy. Renaux also led 30-laps and mounted the podium on no fewer than five occasions.
Bolstering Yamaha’s achievements in 2020, Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MX2’s Ben Watson led 37-laps on his way to two race wins, which were followed by two Grand Prix victories. Watson claimed six podium finishes on his way to fifth overall in the final MX2 World Championship standings.
While Renaux’s achievements had already confirmed the competitiveness of the ‘non-Factory’ YZ250F, the strength of the world-beating motorcycle was further affirmed by Hutten Metaal Yamaha Official EMX250’s Thibault Benistant, who took his YZ250F to the top of the EMX250 Championship in just his second season in the class.
Just three days after he was crowned champion, Benistant signed on to race the next three MX2 Grands Prix. Racing his EMX250 Championship winning YZ250F, the 18-year-old debutant impressed with two top-three race finishes and a top-five overall finish in his third-ever Grand Prix.
Proving the dominance of the YZ250F across the board, Yamaha also won its fifth WMX Manufacturer’s title thanks to the combined efforts of Nancy van de Ven and Larissa Papenmeier. Throughout the five rounds of the WMX World Championship, van de Ven won three races and mounted the podium four times to finish as the 2020 series runner-up. Papenmeier joined her counterpart on the podium and collected the bronze medal with two Grand Prix wins, one race win and four podium finishes.Reinforcing Yamaha’s strategy to develop the next generation of MXGP champions from within their own ranks, Watson, Renaux and Benistant will all progress up the Yamaha Racing pyramid in 2021. Watson will join highly experienced 450cc riders Jeremy Seewer and Glenn Coldenhoff under the awning of the Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP team to contest his first season aboard a works Yamaha YZ450F. Renaux and Benistant will join Geerts inside the Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MX2 team, forming a potent line-up for Yamaha as it looks to defend the MX2 Manufacturers crown and challenge once again for the riders title in 2021.
AGREEMENT SIGNED WITH DUCATI: LUCA MARINI TO COMPETE IN MOTOGP IN 2021 IN THE COLORS OF THE SKY RACING TEAM VR46 WITH THE ESPONSORAMA RACING TEAM
Another mission accomplished for the Sky Racing Team VR46 as after Bagnaia, another young Italian talent moves up the top class
New rider line up in Moto2: newly-promoted CELESTINO VIETTI RAMUS will share the pit with MARCO BEZZECCHI on Kalex
Valencia, November 2020 – 2021 will be a year full of news with Luca Marini debuting in MotoGP thanks to the agreement signed with Ducati: he will compete in the colors of the Sky Racing Team VR46 within the Esponsorama Racing Team. New rider line up in Moto2: it has been confirmed that Marco Bezzecchi will race in Moto2 and will thus share the pit with Celestino Vietti Ramus, promoted to the new class. Sky Racing Team VR46 is confirming and stepping up its commitment alongside the young Italian riders as in the next season it will be focusing onthree riders and two classes, Moto2 and MotoGP, with the great news of the team’s debut in the top class.
MOTOGP - With Luca Marini the promise to support the young Italian motorcycling talents is once again fulfilled. Luca will be riding the Ducati Desmosedici GP of the Esponsorama Racing Team with the colors of the Sky-VR46 duo and will bring with him in the top class some of the members of his current technical crew. For the second time since its birth (the first in 2018 with the Moto2 title won by Francesco Bagnaia), theTeam born from the synergy between Sky and VR46 reaches one of its main goal with Luca Marini set to compete in MotoGP after an intense training and growth path. Considering the World Championship, the Spanish Championship and the CIV, over 10 riders took their first steps into the Circus with the colors of the Sky Racing Team VR46. Currently third in the Moto2 standings, Luca will be the second rider who grew up in the orbit of Sky and the VR46 Riders Academy to move up to MotoGP following Francesco Bagnaia, who won the world title with the Team in 2018.
MOTO2 – The effort of the Sky Racing Team VR46 in the intermediate class has been confirmed, with Marco Bezzecchi ready to get back on the track among the protagonists. Currently fourth in the standings and with five podiums achieved this season, Marco will share the pit with Celestino Vietti Ramus, rookie in the class. Celestino, with the Team since the CEV and from 2018 in Moto3, will continue his growth path with the same team. Well-established partnership also with Kalex: the German factory will supply the technical material also in 2021. Alessio Salucci, VR46 Riders Academy and Sky Racing Team VR46
“Announcing that another rider of ours and of the Sky Racing Team VR46 will move up to MotoGP makes us so proud. Together with Sky, with whom we started this extraordinary adventure in 2014, in recent years we have given a decisive boost in favor of Italian motorcycling. Today, thanks to the agreement with Esponsorama Racing Team and Ducati, Luca Marini and the Sky Racing Team VR46 will be able to race in the top class, which from next year will thus be relying on the talent of another Italian promise. It is a great opportunity for the whole Team, but also a decisive moment for the rider's future and for our entire motorcycle movement. I'm sure we have a spectacular 2021 ahead of us”.
Pablo Nieto, Team Manager Sky Racing Team VR46
“For those who have been part of this project since 2014, MotoGP has always been a dream. After being alongside Bagnaia in his path to the top class in 2019, we are about to watch him compete in 2021 in the colors of an official factory while reaching a similar goal with Marini and the Sky Racing Team VR46. We decided to put ourselves to the test along with Esponsorama Racing and Ducati, whom we ensured our trust and maximum support. We also expect a lot from Moto2, with Bezzecchi among the fastest and most talented riders in the class and Vietti Ramus as a rookie”.
Paolo Ciabatti, Ducati Corse Sporting Director
“We are very pleased to have signed this agreement with Esponsorama Racing and Sky Racing Team VR46 thanks to which Luca Marini will be able to make his MotoGP debut in 2021. Luca has proven to be one of the fastest and most competitive riders in Moto2 and Ducati will give to him all the necessary support in his first year as a rookie in the top class. With this decision Ducati wants to continue its strategy for enhancing the young talents that has already led Pecco Bagnaia, who also grew up in the Sky Racing Team VR46, to make his debut in MotoGP with Pramac Racing in 2019 and to reach an important milestone for 2021 to compete with the colors of the Ducati official Team”.
Raul Romero, Esponsorama Racing Team
"With the agreement signed today, the technical and sporting restructuring of the Esponsorama Racing Team continues: in the recent years, from being the tail light of the category to fighting for the positions that matter thanks to Johann Zarco and the important grow path made by Tito Rabat. Over time we have shown that work pays off and we have to thank our partners such as Ducati, Öhlins, Brembo together with all our sponsors. We are so proud to welcoming Luca Marini to the Team next year together with the SKY Racing Team VR46, one of the strongest and most solid Teams in the Championship. We have high expectations for this great breakthrough, our goal is to continue to demonstrate that we are a reference Team in the MotoGP World Championship".
“Competing in MotoGP is every rider’s dream. Having this great opportunity and being able to share it with the Sky Racing Team VR46, Esponsorama Racing and Ducati is even better. In these years with the Team I have gained experience, I have grown and I have achieved the first important results. We are in a crucial phase of the season, we will continue to work hard to reach the maximum goal before making this big step together”.
CELESTINO VIETTI RAMUS
“Competing in Moto2 with the Sky Racing Team VR46 is a great opportunity. I am very happy to share another key moment in my career with this Team. Marco is a lifelong friend, it will be nice to work together and Luca is an example to follow".
“I am very happy for Luca, he has proven to be ready for MotoGP. I am also happy with my new teammate because Celestino is my lifelong friend. Since I joined the Sky Racing Team VR46 I have regained the confidence I was hoping for, I'm sure we will have fun in 2021”.
The Dark Side of Japan
Since 2013 the Dark Side of Japan has been the inspiration behind the development of Yamaha’s MT models that have brought a whole new level of excitement and dynamism to Europe’s thrill-seeking riders. Designed and built by people who eat, breathe and sleep motorcycles, Yamaha’s MT models have created their own dynamic Hyper Naked category and introduced a huge number of riders to a new kind of two-wheel experience.With their torque-rich engine performance, agile handling and naked good looks, each and every MT is designed to deliver a sporty, thrilling and rewarding ride that reinforces every motorcyclist’s passion for two wheels. With over a quarter of a million MTs sold in Europe since the first model arrived seven years ago, the Yamaha Hyper Naked range is helping to make motorcycling an even more exciting, accessible and attractive lifestyle choice.New MT-09 SP: Sharper, smarter and more exclusive
With its all-new engine and chassis, and a radical, new coverless body design that exposes its brutal and muscular good looks, the 2021 MT-09 is the purest and most exciting Hyper Naked to date. But for those riders who demand the highest specification, Yamaha have created the MT-09 SP, an even sharper, smarter and more exclusive motorcycle that features an aggressive supersport-influenced finish with premium suspension.Dedicated SP colours and graphics
The MT-09 SP’s exclusive new R1M-influenced Icon Performance colour features a blue/black multi-toned paint scheme on the fuel tank and air ducts to give an even more aggressive and exclusive look to this top-of-the-range Hyper Naked. The premium finish is enhanced with seamless water-transfer graphics, and the supersport-style colours reinforce the bike’s pure-sports character and highlights the close technological links with the R1M – the most advanced high-performance production Yamaha ever built.Cruise Control system
In addition to the comprehensive electronic rider aids featured on the standard MT-09, the premium MT-09 SP is also equipped with a Cruise Control system that enhances the overall riding experience.For a more relaxing ride on the highway, SP riders can choose to activate this Cruise Control system at speeds of at least 50km/h and in 4th gear and above. After the speed has been set it can be increased in 2km/h increments by single pushes of the switch, or can be steadily increased by holding down the switch – and the system is cancelled whenever the brakes, clutch or throttle are used. As well as helping to give an easier ride on longer journeys, the SP’s Cruise Control is also a useful feature that can help riders observe prevailing speed limits without having to constantly check their speedometer.Premium KYB® front suspension package
Featuring 41mm tubes with a tough DLC (Diamond Like Coating) that ensures ultra-smooth and responsive suspension action, the premium specification KYB® front forks feature full adjustability for preload, rebound and compression damping – enabling the SP rider to achieve the ultimate set-up to suit different riding situations. In addition, these state-of-the-art front forks are also equipped with low and high-speed compression damping adjusters for accurate tuning of the suspension.Öhlins rear shock absorber
To match the high grade front suspension, the rear suspension system features a premium specification Öhlins rear shock absorber. Offering the rider full adjustability for compression and rebound damping – and equipped with a remote preload adjuster that enables quick and easy setting – this SP-exclusive rear suspension brings supersport handling precision to the Hyper Naked class.Double-stitched seat
The MT-09 SP’s exclusive double-stitched seat with its contrasting stitching has been developed to give the rider an unrivalled feeling of unity when aboard this premium Hyper Naked. The shape of the seat and fuel tank – as well as the overall ergonomics – have been developed through Kanno Hyoka – that is to say, evaluating motorcycle performance based on test rider perceptions and feedback. This exhaustive process ensures that the finished product enhances the total riding experience.Anodized brushed aluminium swingarm
Another feature that is exclusive to the MT-09 SP is the beautifully finished swingarm that features a special brushed and anodized surface that perfectly complements the new Crystal Graphite frame. Together with other unique details – such as the yellow spring on the Öhlins rear shock absorber and black drive sprocket– the SP’s swingarm reinforces the premium feel and pure sporty looks of this class-leading Hyper Naked. SP-specific chassis components
SP-specific features such as the anodized black handlebars and levers, as well as clear-smoked front and rear brake fluid reservoirs and a black drive sprocket reaffirm the MT-09 SP’s status as the most exclusive Hyper Naked in the class.
Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Tom Vialle has been crowned 2020 FIM MX2 Motocross World Champion after winning the first moto aboard his KTM 250 SX-F at the MXGP of Pietramurata in Arco di Trento, Italy today, Wednesday November 4.
Vialle continues a rich MX2 history for KTM as the ninth rider to win a championship title in the lower capacity class aboard a KTM 250 SX-F. The Frenchman, who came into the penultimate round of 2020 with a sizeable points lead, took a dominant win in the opening moto at the picturesque Italian track to secure an emotional first world title.
In only his second term racing at Grand Prix level, 20-year-old Vialle has demonstrated incredible talent and maturity in his approach throughout the 18-round championship. In a year of difficulties due to the global pandemic, Vialle’s strong start to 2020 was halted when MXGP racing was abruptly paused after just two rounds back in early March.The Frenchman returned for round three in Kegums, Latvia in August to win his second Grand Prix of the season, ahead of an intense schedule of races in the weeks following. The KTM star battled hard with the MX2 competition, scoring consistently strong results to earn a comfortable lead thanks to his seven Grand Prix overall victories heading into the final triple-header of the year.
With 13 moto wins and 13 podiums so far this season, Vialle sensationally put his name in the history books by clinching the 2020 MX2 World Championship title to add to KTM’s outstanding success tally. The Frenchman’s victory confirms KTM’s fifth consecutive title in the category, with 13 championship victories in 17 years of MX2 competition for the Austrian manufacturer.
The final race of the season will take place this Sunday, November 8 at the Pietramurata circuit in Arco di Trento for the MXGP of Garda Trentino.Tom Vialle – FIM MX2 Motocross World Champion
“I’m so happy but there have been a lot of emotions today. I was a bit angry with the verdict (in qualifying) this morning but to make the holeshot and lead the first moto was fantastic. I was almost crying on the last lap. There was so much emotion. It was really special. Crazy. In the second moto we had some bad luck, but the important thing is that we achieved our goal. I want to say a big thanks to the whole team and everybody who worked together to make this happen. It was tiring to have a lot of races so close together and also keep the concentration through the training. I think we did it pretty good.”
Dirk Gruebel - Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Team Manager
“Tom showed his potential in his first year with us in 2019. There was real progression, but then over the winter he made another big step to be a title contender and world champion. He didn’t look back. He doesn’t get nervous. He had real competition, but Tom finished every race in a good spot, mainly in the top five, mostly in the top three. That’s the key to being world champion and now we are here celebrating. Hats-off to him and his family, it’s unbelievable. We are known for having a fast 250 – also a 450! – but I still think we have the benchmark in MX2 for everybody and Tom is another rider who knows how to make starts with it. It’s a really good motorcycle and we’ve been winning since 2004 with that concept. Tom being the ninth world champion shows its quality.”
Robert Jonas - KTM Vice President Motorsports Offroad
“It’s been fantastic to see Tom grow with the team over the past two years and ultimately win the FIM MX2 Motocross World Championship; his maturity and approach to what has been a season of challenges with a lot of uncertainty has really paid off. Despite the natural pressure he had personally to step up again after his results last year, Tom has kept calm to make it happen week by week and our KTM 250 SX-F is proven once again. I wish Tom and his family huge congratulations for this incredible achievement, as we share this special moment together. I would like to congratulate Joel, Dirk and the entire Red Bull KTM Factory Racing team for their fantastic work with Tom to help nurture his talent and unlock his potential. To take a victory is never easy at this level, and we know 2020 has been a big challenge for everyone with a different type of intensity – but we are proud to have come through and to be celebrating this championship win.”