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2023 KTM RC 8CFast and competitive riders spoke and KTM listened. The KTM RC 8C, a purposeful, hand-built, and specific ‘tool’ for the track was created last year. For 2023 the company have reset the dials. The new model has been overhauled and the spec sheet has been held to the grindstone for an even sharper ‘READY TO RACE’ profile.

The second generation of the KTM RC 8C required much more than a fresh coat of paint and a tweak to the aero package. As motorcyclists and racers quickly embraced the concept, KTM once more got excited about raising performance thresholds. The result is that the 2023 version boasts a radically evolved LC8c engine, molded specifically for the circuit, upgraded electronic features, even more weight-saving solutions and a raft of high-end components that ensure the bike’s competitiveness.2023 KTM RC 8C 1Performance, durability, and all-out capability: these were the central priorities for the dedicated KTM R&D crew for the 2023 KTM RC 8C. The increase of 7hp for maximum power of 135 hp at 11,000 RPM (with torque flushing 98 Nm at 8,250 RPM) was achieved by mods like the installation of new, lighter titanium values and conrods, as well as two piston rings (to refine the oscillating masses), higher compression ratios, a bigger throttle body and a bolstered fuel pump/pressure. Increasing the clutch preload, removing the top balancer, and adjusting the crankcase balancer shaft have delivered durability gains and an additional PANKL oil cooler helps with thermal stability.2023 KTM RC 8C 2The 2023 KTM RC 8C’s dry weight has been optimized to just 142 kg and with the superb agility of the CrMo4 steel frame gives a prototype vibe to successfully attack the inside lines against any superbike. Measures such as the brand-new titanium Akrapovic exhaust system have helped the slimming, but the rapier feel has been augmented by enhanced settings from the very latest configurations of WP PRO COMPONENTS. The WP APEX PRO fork and shock are now softer; elevating comfort, contact and confidence.2023 KTM RC 8C 3Working again with Krämer Motorcycles for fabrication, the 2023 KTM RC 8C is now one of the company’s clearest racing expressions: full of capability and intent. Whether a rider is the next Brad Binder seeking training mileage or the next Red Bull MotoGP rookie on the path to Grand Prix stardom, the refined electronics mean that any setting of traction control, mapping and engine braking can fettle the 2023 KTM RC 8C to match the level of ability (or ambition). The race bike can be primed in a number of ways; from the adjustable steering head to the offset of the CNC-machine triple clamps, the throttle response and degree of bite from the unbeatable Brembo Stylema calipers and RCS19 Corsa Corta master cylinder.2023 KTM RC 8C 4A revamped dashboard with GPS data-logger will flash-up the lap-record attempts while the KTM RC16 derived handlebar switches put the rider’s left thumb in full control while the left foot hammers through the reverse pattern of the race QUICKSHIFTER+.2023 KTM RC 8C 6For the final reminder that the 2023 KTM RC 8C is for racers and born from a company with racing at its very soul, the use of winglets and aerodynamics is a direct correlation to the successful MotoGP™ program where the KTM RC16 has won seven Grands Prix in only six years of presence on the premier class grid. Downforce and efficiency under braking and acceleration are some of the gains. If rivals and observers are quick enough to catch the 2023 iteration of the KTM RC 8C then they can only be impressed by the menacing black shade, which speaks ‘speed’ and ‘exclusivity’. The project in a nutshell.2023 KTM RC 8C 5To get the wheels rolling in the best (and quickest) way the official ‘handover’ of the 2023 KTM RC 8C will be toasted with an ultra-special track day for 30 customers at the Circuito Ricardo Tormo in Valencia on April 26th. Select, first-come, first-served places can be secured with former Grand Prix riders offering track tuition and a full KTM and WP Suspension technical crew on hand to dial-in the configuration of the new bike to the 14-corner Grand Prix venue. Accommodation, food, bike transportation logistics from Austria to Spain and then to local dealers is all taken care of. This is the full factory racer experience! For more details click HERE.

2023 KTM RC 8C technical highlights
// Revised LC8c DOHC inline twin cylinder engine with titanium components and 7 hp performance increase to 135 hp at 11,000 RPM
// Adjustable throttle response, traction/launch/anti-wheelie control and engine braking adjustment
// New titanium Akrapovic exhaust system helping contribute to light 142 kg dry weight
// Fresh WP PRO COMPONENTS hardware and new settings for optimized feel and stability at higher performance levels
// High quality Brembo brake system Stylema and Corsa Costa master cylinder
// Racing parts: Rims, chain, carbon front fender, CNC triple clamp, handlebar switches, new AIM tacho dashboard, race gearbox shifting patten, air box and air filter and parts prone to crash damage can be quickly replaced
// KTM RC16-derived aerodynamics and razor shape black graphics with distinctive orange frame
// Pirelli Diablo racing tires

Only 200 editions of the 2023 KTM RC 8C will be prepped for slick tires. Each model will come with a special serial number stamped onto the triple clamp. Orders can be made only through the dedicated page on ktm.com.

3gakXWlca4NBw4HLlvgB mWith their brutal no-compromise styling, muscular chassis designs and thrilling torque-rich crossplane engine technology, it’s no surprise that Yamaha’s Hyper Naked models have established themselves as the best-selling models in their respective categories.

Inspired by the alternative biking culture characterized by the Dark Side of Japan philosophy, the MT range has achieved 10 years of continued success in the European market. With over 420.000 sold, these Yamaha Hyper Nakeds have created their very own subculture of MT riders who have been inspired by their raw appeal and the ability to deliver stunning real-world performance.2OI pOrra3 8 n2 7zcF4fDelivering an impressive mix of super agile handling, outstanding acceleration and uncompromising attitude, the MT line up covers the whole segment from 125cc through to 1000cc, offering a seamless step-up for every rider of any age.

For 2023 this outstandingly successful range is reinforced with higher specification versions of the MT-07 and MT-125. The full lineup is completed with the iconic MT-09 & MT-09 SP and the remarkable MT-10 & MT-10 SP – the most powerful Yamaha Hyper Naked.6bkMKaIU4AQ9tMOXqmC HN2023 MT-07:

New full-colour TFT meter with smartphone connectivity

Having been at the top of the sales charts for a decade, the MT-07 needs little introduction. Suffice to say that the original concept of a torque-rich engine combined with a compact and agile chassis finished off with muscular bodywork has remained fundamentally the same – showing that

Yamaha’s designers got it right first time.DIhgqCSxKFN9UvnNUg5PbKMT-07’s core values are much appreciated by Europe’s riders and with sales of over 160.000, this machine is one of the most successful Yamaha motorcycles of all time. Since the original model was introduced in 2014 it has evolved gradually to match the requirements of the market, but Yamaha has always been careful to ensure that the pure and undiluted design of this remarkable middleweight retains its essential character.0PsnmWIDaEB8q6j4MPVnxbDual theme 5-inch full-colour TFT meter

The 2023 MT-07 features a range of upgrades that enhance the package while remaining true to the basic concept that’s loved by so many riders. The most significant upgrade is the new 5-inch full-colour TFT display that provides a choice of two different screen themes. The Street Theme is a more modern looking layout with a bar-type tachometer at the top and digital speedo and gear selection readouts – while the Touring Theme has a more conventional circular analogue-style tachometer on the right of the screen and digital speedometer on the left.AWplrGqeaHgA9q04oynbfgSmartphone connectivity with MyRide app

By downloading Yamaha’s free MyRide app to their smartphone, riders can connect with the communication control unit on latest MT-07 via Bluetooth® and view incoming call, email and message notifications on the new TFT meter.

If set up accordingly, the system can also notify the rider of any technical issue that may be detected on the MT-07 and can transmit a notification via email to a motorcycle dealer or any other contact that has been designated by the rider.

MyRide app also offers many other useful functions including monitoring all key parameters of the bike, tracking the route taken, as well as recording the distance covered, acceleration, top speed, lean angle and much more. Data can be shared on social media, compared and discussed with other Yamaha Hyper Naked riders on some of the many internet forums and social media groups.AlF7qkb 4sE8bWk w7it46Pre-wired for easy quickshifter fitment

Yamaha’s comprehensive Genuine Accessories line includes numerous stylistic, comfort and performance products that the MT-07 rider can select to upgrade and personalize their machine. To facilitate the fitment of a quickshifter, the latest MT-07 is prewired with the necessary electronics, making it quick and easy to benefit from the thrilling acceleration and seamless gear changes offered by this new Yamaha Genuine Accessory.

2023 Red Bull KTM Tony Cairoli Team Manager announcement 2

Red Bull KTM Factory Racing have made several strategic changes to their FIM MXGP World Championship structure that will funnel into their bids for success in 2023 Grand Prix. Chief among those is a fresh role for MXGP and KTM legend Tony Cairoli, who will front the squad as Team Manager.

For 2023 KTM are pleased to announce that nine-times world champion Tony Cairoli will become Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Team Manager. The 37-year-old, who was still competing at the highest level with AMA Pro National appearances this summer, won six of his championships with KTM SX-F technology and has been a Red Bull KTM factory rider since 2010. Tony boasts exceptional knowledge of not only the sport but also KTM’s racing culture and philosophy. He will sync with fellow former multi world champion Joel Smets who will train and coach a selection of Red Bull KTM Factory racing riders and other athletes in the group.


Red Bull KTM Factory Racing recently celebrated their fourteenth title in the MX2 division since 2004 and with the KTM 250 SX-F thanks to Tom Vialle’s thrilling last round victory of the 2022 campaign in Turkey. Except for the 2015 season, the crew have claimed at least one MXGP or MX2 crown each year since 2010. Smets has been instrumental in Vialle’s development and two crowns since 2020.2023 Red Bull KTM Tony Cairoli Team Manager announcementIn the technical side Vialle’s well respected and experienced mechanic Harry Norton – who helped refine two versions of the title-winning KTM 250SX-F, the 2020 edition and the brand new 2023 model – will take over the role of Team Technical Co-ordinator while long-standing leader Dirk Gruebel will assume the position of Project Manager for Motocross Development.

Claudio De Carli, the man who guided Cairoli to the six championships between 2010 and 2017, will now oversee KTM racing efforts as the new Motocross Race Director. The Italian forged an incredibly strong bond with KTM at the start of the last decade when he helped deliver the factory’s first premier class distinction in MXGP.

Red Bull KTM Factory Racing will launch into 2023 with Jeffrey Herlings (MXGP, KTM 450SX-F) and Andrea Adamo and Liam Everts (MX2, KTM 250SX-F).


Tony Cairoli, Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Team Manager“2022 was a change for me and now this is another chapter! It was great to race again this year but it was also positive to take a small step back from racing and see things in a different way. I really hope I can bring as much knowledge and passion as possible to this new role. I will have some learning to do but I also worked with some amazing people in my career, so I expect to use this experience. We are already thinking about our goals for 2023.”

Image from National Cross Country Round 6 captured by Mpho Ramathikithi for zcmc.co.za 34National Cross Country - Round 6 - Virginia Trails

The Brother Leader Tread KTM team headed down to the final round of the cross-country national championship this weekend. The team was faced with challenging weather conditions but managed to bring home fantastic results across the board along with a South African championship in the form of Matthew Wilson in the OR3 class.Image from National Cross Country Round 6 captured by Mpho Ramathikithi for zcmc.co.za 19Bradley Cox brought home his number 1 KTM 450XCF second in class commenting, “A small mistake for me in the time trial hindered my initial progress in the main race trying to make passes in the dust but I managed to make steady progress and I am happy with my second place in the OR1 class. I had a challenging year with some downs but I hold my head high after 2 overall wins in 2022 and I am looking forward to 2023 already,”Image from National Cross Country Round 6 captured by Mpho Ramathikithi for zcmc.co.za 46Kerim Fitz-Gerald had a tough day with challenges from the get-go on difficult track indifficult conditions but looks forward to some redemption in 2023. His season finished off with a 3rd in class and a very respectable 3rd in the OR2 championship.

Scott Heygate fought through a torn ACL and managed to nurse himself home second in class wrapping up his championship in 2nd place. Scott commented, “I had an extremely long day on the bike carrying my knee injury wasn’t easy on the tight twisty track. I am extremely happy with my second overall in the championship and look forward to getting my knee fixed and coming back next season to fight for wins once again.”Image from National Cross Country Round 6 captured by Mpho Ramathikithi for zcmc.co.za 38The man of the day was Matthew Wilson who piloted his KTM 250 XC-F to championship honours in the OR3 class. Matthew rode a steady race and did what he needed to do in order to wrap up his first South African championship. “The rain made the race extremely difficult and I didn’t want to make mistakes and throw away a whole years’ worth of work so I just did what I needed to do and made sure I got home safely. My bike didn’t skip a beat and I am so thankful to the whole team for giving me everything I needed to get the job done this year.”

Grant Frerichs, group team manager closed in saying, “The KTM team all performed well today with podium finishes across the board. All of the riders remained injury free and we fought through very difficult weather conditions. Kevin Tyrer, our technician, has done a phenomenal job this year with perfectly tuned bikes round after round and the team owes a lot of our success to him.”Image from National Cross Country Round 6 captured by Mpho Ramathikithi for zcmc.co.za 121

OXP4S5PEIBCSHJRL3AC73WRFKINew near-production prototypes previewed in surprise demonstration at the Suzuka 8 Hour race in Japan.

Last year, Kawasaki revealed plans to electrify all of its motorcycles in developed markets by 2035, and also have at least 10 electric or hybrid models in the range by 2025. Now, late-stage prototypes for both types of powertrains have been revealed thanks to a surprise demonstration ahead of the Suzuka 8-Hour motorcycle race in Japan.


The hybrid is clearly more radical and the higher-performance bike of the two. Although Kawasaki has been hinting at its hybrid technology for a while, initially with teaser videos and then by showing a stripped-down prototype last October, the machine is clearly a lot closer to production. In addition to revisions to both the combustion engine and the electric part of the powertrain, it features bodywork that’s clearly much closer to production ready.PZLKLUKDFBEAVN7C5SXHWIBR4MThe combustion engine is based on the parallel-twin design used in the Ninja 250 and Ninja 400; although their internal dimensions are different, the two are externally identical. The latest prototype gained new castings for the engine covers on both sides, perhaps hinting at more changes within. All indications point to the fact that the bike uses the larger 399cc version of the twin from the Ninja 400 and Z400. Its exhaust system appears identical to the version on each of those bikes, with a longer muffler and slightly different downpipes compared to the 249cc Ninja 250/Z250 variant.

The presence of dual front disc brakes is another change from the 2021 prototype, which had a single petal-shaped disc, and further evidence that the bike uses the larger engine. Allied to a power boost from an electric motor, it could potentially have performance on a par with the larger, internal-combustion-only Ninja 650, which appears to have lent the hybrid its fork, front fender, and brake calipers.

The idea, of course, is that at low speeds, such as those that predominate in urban environments, the bike can travel on electric power alone, with no local emissions. Out of town, particularly on fuel-efficient constant-speed runs, the combustion engine can take the strain and top up the hybrid battery. And when maximum performance is needed, both electric and internal-combustion powertrains can work in unison to offer the best acceleration and top speed. In theory, the result should be a bike that uses less fuel than a conventional 400cc bike but has the performance to match a 650cc motorcycle.QOGVVNNO5VFSJEXOPYKIBU5I24Notable technical details on the prototype include an intake low down on the right side, running through a duct carrying the “Hybrid” logo. This likely cools the electric motor. On Kawasaki’s earlier prototype, the motor was liquid cooled, with a second radiator below the main water radiator at the front of the bike. While liquid cooling is still likely for the electric powertrain, it seems the radiator has been shifted to the rear, nearer the motor and out of sight behind the bodywork.VGYOKXTYPBBQJMDPANYHZEO2ZU

8aa9386a 5ed4 3c03 fc73 ced498c2d2ebIn Australia, a race between the protagonists, with the fourth place under the checkered flag, first among the riders of the Independent Teams, for the rookie of the Mooney VR46 Racing Team. Excellent sixth place for Luca Marini

Cowes (Australia), October 16th 2022 - A Sunday to be framed for the Mooney VR46 Racing Team at Phillip Island where the Australian GP was held today. Riding the Ducati Desmosedici GP, Marco Bezzecchi is mathematically the Rookie of the Year, a title enriched by a beautiful fourth place at the finishing line, first among the riders of the Independent Teams. Very important P6 for Luca Marini, thanks to a very solid pace. ae8f57e3 6053 c995 4206 7e74d10fefdaAt the start from the ninth place on the grid, Marco struggles to catch the pace of the strongest riders during the first laps. Tenth after 5 laps, he is capable of a beautiful recover that takes him to the P2 in the second half of the race. Fourth at 3 laps from the checkered flag, he confirms the position that means the seasonal primacy among the rookies in the Top class with 93 points (14th overall) the result of nine Top10 placings so far and the second place in Assen.b0943de2 4db0 a809 572b 966ff36ffef7More than positive race also for Luca who started from P7. After a good sprint at the start, he gets stuck in the battle of the first laps (P8) before being able to climb the rankings and touching the Top5. Also for him this is the ninth time in the Top10 since the start of the season and he is in 12th place in the overall standings with 111 points.d5aecf81 a5b6 0e13 4e1e 513a6fba7b61

ktm 001Overcoming injury and having been forced to play catch-up after missing the opening round of the series, Red Bull KTM Factory Racing star Manuel Lettenbichler has been crowned 2022 FIM Hard Enduro World Champion. Racing to victory at the season finale – the Hixpania Hard Enduro in Spain – Mani secured the 2022 FIM HEWC title in style. Creating a formidable pairing with his KTM 300 EXC throughout 2022, Mani’s success follows on from his WESS Enduro World Championship title in 2019 and marks KTM’s 330th world title.

Lettenbichler returned to action at round two of the 2022 FIM Hard Enduro World Championship following pre-season knee surgery and raced to a commanding victory at the Xross Hard Enduro Rally in Serbia. Collecting maximum points, the KTM 300 EXC racer quickly slotted into sixth in the series standings. ktm 004Winning the next two rounds – Red Bull Erzbergrodeo and Red Bull Abestone – in Austria and Italy, Mani moved to within two points of the championship lead – a remarkable feat having missed the season-opening event in Israel. The second half of the series began with the 24-year-old placing sixth at the infamous Red Bull Romaniacs before returning to the podium at round six with a hard-fought runner-up finish in the USA, at Red Bull TKO. ktm 002With two events remaining and now just one point from the series lead, Mani raced to his fourth win of the year in Canada to move to the top of the series standings. Entering the eighth and final round - the Hixpania Hard Enduro in Spain – Mani was 100% focused on securing another winning result to claim the 2022 FIM HEWC title. 

Securing pole position for the championship-deciding main event, Mani led from start to finish in what was a ruthless display of hard enduro racing. Delivering a mistake-free two-and-a-half-hour performance, Mani charged to his fifth win from seven events. Once again showcasing the incredible capabilities of the KTM 300 EXC, Mani wrote his name into the record books by becoming the 2022 FIM Hard Enduro World Champion. ktm 003Underlining the hard enduro capabilities of the KTM 300 EXC, FMF KTM Factory Racing’s Trystan Hart placed seventh in the FIM Hard Enduro World Championship with his season highlighted by victory at Red Bull TKO and a runner-up finish at his home race, Red Bull Outliers, in Canada. 

yam 01Yamaha secured their sixth consecutive WorldSSP manufacturer title today as Lorenzo Baldassarri raced to second place at the Autodromo Internacional do Algarve circuit in Portimao. 

Yamaha secured their sixth FIM Supersport World Championship manufacturers title today as Evan Bros.WorldSSP’s Lorenzo Baldassari bravely battled to a podium finish at the Portimao venue. The Italian stormed to a 14th podium of the season aboard his Yamaha R6, missing out on the race victory by just 0.011 seconds. 

Saturday’s action commenced with a frantic Superpole session which saw ten riders under the existing lap record. The first to break Jules Cluzel’s lap record from 2021, Dominique Aegerter was also the last as he stormed to a 1'43.065 to secure pole position by 0.204 seconds, while title-rival Baldassarri was forced to start the race from seventh following a late crash. 

Aegerter made a solid start from pole position, settling into the leading group in the early stages as he fought with Cluzel and Glenn van Straalen for second place. As the shortened 12-lap race unfolded, the battle at the front quickly became a hectic seven-rider battle; and with five laps to go, saw Baldassarri hit the front. 

The Italian’s lead was short-lived, however, slipping to third before re-passing Federico Caricasulo on the final lap for second. Despite giving it his all, the former Moto2 rider couldn’t topple the Triumph ahead, crossing the line in second just 0.011 seconds adrift of the race winner. Meanwhile, Aegerter held on to secure fourth in the opening race of the weekend. 

Jules Cluzel secured a hard-fought seventh with Glenn van Straalen finishing in 12th. Peter Sebestyen secured points in 14th place aboard the second Evan Bros.WorldSSP Yamaha Team R6. 

Early retirement for Marcel Brenner sadly ended his hunt for the Supersport Challenge championship trophy as he trails Bahattin Sofuoglu by 33 points. 

Clinching 16 race wins and 16 further podium finishes, Yamaha sits at the top of the manufacturer’s standings with an unbeatable 185-point advantage over Ducati. Ten Kate continue to lead the team’s standings. 

FIM Supersport World Championship action continues Sunday for the final race of the weekend. 

2023 ducati panigale v4 sp2 first look superbike track bike racing motorcycle 30The 2023 Ducati Panigale V4 SP2 is another step toward the racetrack for the Italian brand’s flagship superbike. Although the Desmosedici Stradale motor and frame are mechanically unchanged, there are plenty of technical and hardware upgrades that will make this a formidable racer and track day favourite.

Carbon fibre wheels reduce unsprung weight by over 1.3 kg compared to the V4 S’s forged aluminium wheels. According to Ducati, this reduces inertia by 26 percent for the front wheel and 46 percent for the rear.2023 ducati panigale v4 sp2 first look superbike track bike racing motorcycle 26With the lighter wheels come stronger Brembo Style R callipers. The front braking system is highly adjustable, thanks to the Brembo MCS radial pump. There are three actuation ratios available so the rider can personalize the feel. Additionally, a remote brake lever adjuster near the left grip allows the rider to perfect the lever position without distracting the throttle hand. Further, the clutch and front brake levers have milled ends to reduce drag.2023 ducati panigale v4 sp2 first look superbike track bike racing motorcycle 14The electronics on the 2023 Ducati Panigale V4 SP2 are track ready. There’s a new Track Evo display that is inspired by the dash readout used in MotoGP. The tachometer runs horizontally, with the gear position cantered on the dash. Four sectors, delineated by different colours, tell you if electronic controls for traction, slide, wheelie, and engine braking control have been activated. The left side of the dash shows your speed, lap time, and number of laps completed. GPS is standard, which constantly monitors your track position. Finally, the Ducati Data Analyzer assists you in evaluating your track sessions.2023 ducati panigale v4 sp2 first look superbike track bike racing motorcycle 1The most serious riders will want the optional Ducati Performance Software. This software ups the traction control game to include slick and rain tires. Five customizable riding modes can be stored, and the DPS can memorize five tracks.

Ducati has also upgraded the base software. There are four power modes—Full, High, Medium, and Low—with Full and Low being new. Each gear in the six-speed transmission gets its own torque curve. Maximum output remains at 210 horsepower at 12,500 rpm, and 91 ft-lbs of torque at 11,000.2023 ducati panigale v4 sp2 first look superbike track bike racing motorcycle 10A track-only full-titanium Ducati Performance exhaust system is optional. Ducati worked on it with Akrapovič. The results are impressive—an 18-horsepower peak output increase, and maximum torque is boosted to 97 ft-lbs. Plus, the system is much lighter than the stock exhaust.

If you’ve missed dry clutches on Ducatis, the SP2 has one. The dry clutch offers less resistance to the motor.2023 ducati panigale v4 sp2 first look superbike track bike racing motorcycle 12The SP2’s Rizoma adjustable racing foot pegs are anodized aluminium, and grippier. Carbon fibre heel guards keep your boots where they belong.

You get a track kit with the 2023 Ducati Panigale V4 SP2. The kit includes an open clutch carbon fibre clutch cover, billet aluminium caps for the mirror mounts, and parts to facilitate removing the license plate.

Passengers don’t get to ride with you on the SP2. That’s a solo seat, so no two-up riding at the track.2023 ducati panigale v4 sp2 first look superbike track bike racing motorcycle 17Winter Test livery gives the SP2 a factory look. Matte black dominates, with accenting coming from the brushed aluminium fuel tank and strategically placed red. Don’t miss the tri-colour Italian flag graphic on the wings. Though it’s not offered as a limited-edition model, the top triple-clamp has a specific number for each 2023 Panigale V4 SP2.

2023 Ducati Panigale V4 SP2 Specs 


Type: Desmosedici Stradale 90-degree V4 w/ counter-rotating crankshaft

Displacement: 1103cc

Bore x stroke: 81 x 53.5mm

Maximum power: 210 horsepower @ 12,500 rpm

Maximum torque: 91 ft-lbs @ 11,000 rpm

Compression ratio: 14.0:1

Valvetrain: Desmodromic actuation w/ 4vpc

Fuelling: Twin injectors per cylinder w/ elliptical throttle bodies

Transmission: 6-speed w/ straight-cut gears and quick shifter

Clutch: Dry multiplate w/ assist function

Final drive: 520 chain2023 ducati panigale v4 sp2 first look superbike track bike racing motorcycle 16


Frame: Aluminium monocoque w/ Öhlins electronic steering damper

Front suspension: Fully adjustable semi-active Öhlins NIX25/30 pressurized 43mm fork.

Rear suspension: Fully adjustable semi-active Öhlins TTX36 shock.

Wheels: 5 split-spoke carbon fibre.

Front wheel: 17 x 3.50

Rear wheel: 17 x 6.00

Tires: Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP

Front tire: 120/70 x 17

Rear tire: 200/60 x 17

Front brakes: Semi-floating 330mm discs w/ Brembo Stylema R 4-piston callipers and Brembo MC 19.21 self-bleeding master cylinder

Rear brake: 245mm disc w/ 2-piston calliper

ABS: Cornering ABS Evo2023 ducati panigale v4 sp2 first look superbike track bike racing motorcycle 15


Wheelbase: 57.8 inches

Rake: 24.5 degrees

Trail: 3.9 inches

Seat height: 33.5 inches

Fuel capacity: 4.5 gallons

Curb weight: 429 pounds

Colour: Winter Test

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001Yamaha celebrates the success of an incredible 2022 Motocross season, in which the Japanese brand won the Manufacturer’s World Championship in all three FIM Motocross World Championship classes, MXGP, MX2 and WMX.  

Thanks to the excellence of the YZ450F and YZ250F, both production and Factory versions of the bike, and the skill and determination of riders Jeremy Seewer, Maxime Renaux, Glenn Coldenhoff, Jago Geerts, Thibault Benistant, Calvin Vlaanderen, Nancy van de Ven and Lynn Valk, all of whom stood on the top step of the podium this year, Yamaha dominated the 2022 FIM Manufacturer’s World Championships. 

In 2022, the premier class was spearheaded by the Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP team with its riders Seewer, Renaux and Coldenhoff, and strengthened by Gebben van Venrooy Yamaha Supported team’s Vlaanderen. Between the four MXGP stars, Yamaha celebrated 16 race wins, 24 podium finishes and six Grand Prix victories on its way to celebrating the MXGP Manufacturer’s World Championship title for the first time since 2015.  

In MX2, Yamaha successfully defended the crown for a third consecutive season thanks to the efforts of Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MX2’s Geerts and Benistant, who celebrated a combined total of 16 race wins and 22 podium finishes, culminating in seven Grand Prix victories. The achievement marks Yamaha's fifth Manufacturer's crown since the class was reinvented as MX2 in 2004, taking its first two titles in 2005 and 2007.

Proving the dominance of the YZ250F across the board and adding to a memorable off-road campaign for those dressed in blue, Yamaha also won its seventh WMX Manufacturer’s title with Van de Ven, Valk and Larissa Papenmeier awarded the top-three championship medals.

Throughout the five rounds of the FIM Women’s World Championship in 2022, Van de Ven won three races and mounted the podium four times on the way to her first-ever world title. She was joined on the podium by Dutch compatriot Valk, who scored three race victories and two Grands Prix to end the season as the silver medalist. 

Increasing Yamaha’s presence and adding to its success in WMX, Yamaha Germany’s Papenmeier collected one piece of podium silverware and secured her fifth championship bronze medal, making it a “blue-wash” of the top-three positions for Yamaha.

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