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MotoGP Development: Yamaha M1 2007-2011

Saturday, November 5, 2011
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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Radial-mount front brake systems, slim, lightweight aluminum chassis and compact-yet-powerful engines paired to advanced electronics that make motorcycles easier to control. These are just some of the now-standard features that we take for granted on brand-new sportbikes. And it can all be attributed in some way to MotoGP.

Grand Prix is a real-life laboratory where designers are given the creative freedom and access to the world’s top riders and racetracks to develop performance-enhancing technologies that may one day trickle down to production street bikes.

Need proof? Look at Honda’s current CBR1000RR. This two-time MotoUSA Superbike Smackdown shootout winner was designed by Kyoichi Yoshii, the same man who assisted in development of Honda’s ultra-successful RC211V GP bike, a machine piloted to three MotoGP World Championships in its short five-year existence. The latest CBR’s chassis, including frame and rear suspension, were all designed with knowledge gained from GP racing.

Another example is Yamaha’s recently redesigned YZF-R1. It uses an engine similar in architecture to the M1 racer used by the Fiat Yamaha and Monster Yamaha Tech 3 teams. The innovative crossplane crankshaft design and uneven cylinder firing order produces a smoother, steadier spread of thrust compared to a conventional Inline-Four engine.
Only time will tell what other innovative features we’ll see on the next generation of sportbikes, but we’ll likely see it first on a MotoGP racebike.

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thespifury   November 6, 2011 09:29 AM
MCUSA - Thanks for spotting the error alang. It's been corrected.
iowaboynca   November 5, 2011 11:47 PM
Pure beauty...
alang   November 5, 2011 05:51 PM
looks like vertical stiffness of the frame inceased in 2011.