MotoGP Development: Yamaha M1 2007-2011

November 5, 2011
Matt Davidson
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MotoGP Development: Yamaha M1 2007-2011MotoGP Development: Yamaha M1 2007-2011Ben Spies: I was pretty happy with today  building some confidence back up after the last race in Estoril. The sessions went pretty well for us we just didnt put in one fast lap. Weve been quite consistent with race distance on the tires and Im reasonably happy with the bike so if we can make it better for tomorrow I think well be up with the front guys. - Le Mans 2011
The YZR-M1 has seen many adjustments while trying to maintain a balance between the engine, chassis and electronics.

Valentino Rossi is back on top with his win at JerezMotoGP Development: Yamaha M1 2007-2011Jorge Lorenzo - Estoril 2011
Between 2007 (left) and 2011 (right) changes in chassis engineering and fairing design have led to better cooling and aerodynamics.

Edwards knows Laguna  but it didnt result in a top-10 finish for the Texan - Laguna SecaMotoGP Development: Yamaha M1 2007-2011Ben Spies on the Factory Yamaha - Sepang Test
Chassis development has centered on frame rigidity with vertical stiffness being increased in 2011 to reduce instability under braking.

Jorge Lorenzo inSepang.MotoGP Development: Yamaha M1 2007-2011Jorge Lorenzo got his first taste of the 1000cc 2012 Yamaha during a one-day test following the Czech Grand Prix.
Despite engine capacity being reduced in 2007, overall performance and durability of the M1 has increased over the past five years. 

Valentino Rossi - Qatar TestMotoGP Development: Yamaha M1 2007-2011Ben Spies aboard his factory Yamaha M1. - 2011 Indy GP
Lap times have finally surpassed 990cc bikes due to increased engine power, advanced electric systems and tire development.

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