Track test: Endurance factory Yamaha YZF-R1

Track test: Endurance factory Yamaha YZF-R1
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Track test: Endurance factory Yamaha YZF-R1

Track test: Endurance factory Yamaha YZF-R1

Track test: Endurance factory Yamaha YZF-R1

Track test: Endurance factory Yamaha YZF-R1

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Minimalist structure. All components are only there to be as quick as possible in the race. Chain guard, sprocket cover missing.

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Quickly at the rear too: the rear wheel is just pulled out.

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The front suspension with braking system.

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In the picture: the series cockpit.

Team boss Mandy Kainz uses it because it can withstand the most in a fall. The speed, water temperature, gear and oil pressure are displayed. The speedometer is out of order because it would not display the correct speed anyway because of the different gear ratios.

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2D data recording compact. This sits directly under the hump and records all important data such as oil and water temperature, engine speed, throttle valve position, chassis data, as well as partially also tire temperature and wheel speed.

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Ingenious place for the timing transponder. Right on the swing arm. The mounted tires are only intended for transport and do not correspond to the racing tires. These are of the same type as Jorge Lorenzo rode in MotoGP last year.

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This can only work so quickly because the sprocket carrier remains with the wheel guide on the swing arm. During a pit stop, the mechanic looks at the marking on the chain wheel carrier and turns the rear wheel into the desired position so that it can be easily lifted out.

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The TTX factory fork from Öhlins. The distinguishing feature is the expansion tank with the brand name.

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Brake levers that fold away are a must in endurance sports. Unfortunately very expensive.

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The maker: Mandy Kainz. The motorcycle salesman has become a constant in the endurance scene thanks to his perseverance. Kainz has an open ear for everyone and is very popular with the fans. Anyone who asks politely is welcome in their box.

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The cladding can be removed in a few simple steps. The engine clutch cover reinforced with carbon fiber is clearly visible. The titanium exhaust system weighs only a fraction of the standard system.

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The rear brake caliper is bolted to the swing arm with its holder. A wheel change takes around 8 to 10 seconds.

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The rear Öhlins shock absorber in TTX technology. The adjustment of the rebound and compression stage sits directly above one another and not, as usual, at the top and bottom of the strut. The spring preload is easy to change using the hydraulics. Everything is easily accessible and can be quickly adapted to the route conditions.

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Front fairing holder with two quick-release fasteners so that, as the name suggests, they can be changed quickly in an emergency.

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The technical head: Christian Giglio. Veteran of the endurance scene. He has been screwing and developing clever details for long-distance motorcycles since 1978. He has been world champion with almost every brand. Christian has a lot of humor and is actually a comic book artist by profession.

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The factory cooler with a screwed-on expansion tank is impressive. The alternator regulator, which sits over the carbon fiber reinforced alternator cover, is usually located in the front of the fairing. Everything made squeaky clean.

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Here, too, the brake caliper is replaced when the lining is changed.

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Exhaust and rear: In endurance races it is mandatory to use two independent circuits for the rear light. The backup circuit can be switched on with a toggle switch. Thanks to the quick-release fasteners, the upper part of the hump can be removed for quick access to the electronics. The whole stern can be changed in a few minutes after a fall, the electrical system only needs to be unplugged at a central plug.

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The brake lines are equipped with wickedly expensive quick-release fasteners. These enable a change …

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The Yamaha Austria Racing Team team that competed for the appointment in Oscherlsleben.

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A Michelin technician during the breaks between training sessions. All Michelin rain tires are cut by hand from slicks using a template.

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Front wheel changes made easy. In order to realize a pit stop with refueling and wheel change in under 20 seconds, quick-change systems must be installed. Here is nice to see that only the axle has to be loosened to pull out the front wheel …

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In sprint races it is common to use an automatic gearshift. It is controversial in endurance racing because it often fails with the countless gear changes. Advantage of the automatic gearshift: the transmission is spared.

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Left handlebar controls: Pit is the switch for the speed limit in the pit lane. The red switch is for the two preset mappings, each of which has two sub-mappings. Rear is for the rear lighting.

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… the brake lines or calipers without air entering the system.

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The evaluation of the data recording is crucial in the Endurance World Championship. This is about drivability and the least amount of wear. All parameters can be read out within ten seconds during a pit stop, the analysis then takes place in peace. This allows damage to be detected in advance.

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The Yart-Yamaha from the front: Here you can see the covers over the xenon headlights.

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… and then to be able to bring it to the tire service together with the fixed spacer sleeves.

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The radiator bracket with quick release fasteners is one of the many details that were handcrafted by Christian Giglio, the chief mechanic.

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Starter button below, front lighting and emergency stop. The little gray switch on the left is for the various mappings.

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Clever: The footrest system is provided with elongated holes in the area of ​​the screw connection. With these and other quick-release fasteners, the entire footrest system can be replaced in a few seconds.

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The first meters with a winning motorcycle from Le Mans: MOTORRAD was allowed to take part in the "24 hours" drive the machine. It was only washed beforehand and put on slicks. The rain vote was even set.

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This change only works with built-in brake calipers because a wider fork bridge was built in. In conjunction with the outward pivoting brake calipers, this enables a wheel to be changed without dismantling the brake system.

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The linkage of the factory swing arm with simultaneous height adjustment.

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Brake adjustment for the front wheel brake. It is only clipped in and can be released in the event of a fall or quickly repositioned when changing the handlebar stub.

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The complete xenon headlight system with power pack.

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This motorcycle feels familiar after the first few meters. It is very handy and resembles the road version in terms of driving behavior. With the difference that everything works even better.

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Pivoting is supported by a spring on the fork base. If the brake pads are worn, the brake calipers are changed.

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The factory swing arm as a whole: the chain tensioner is milled from solid and a one-off production.

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The steering damper and the ignition switch are located in the space between the fork bridge and the cockpit.

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The front without cladding in the side view. Hoods for the air filter provide additional stability to the front panel.

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Marathon machine

The invitation came just as surprising as the victory of the Yamaha Austria Racing Team (YART) at the famous Le Mans 24-hour race: YART boss Mandy Kainz asked a week after the endurance classic whether we wanted to ride his winning motorcycle. MOTORRAD did not miss the chance of a rendezvous with the famous endurance runner.

Thursday, April 30th, around half past ten. In the semi-darkness of box nine at the race track in Oschersleben, Mandy Kainz presses the start button Yamaha R1. The four-cylinder starts in a flash and babbles enterprisingly through the mufflers of the Akrapovic exhaust system, as if it weren’t the least bit tired. He definitely deserved a break. The Frenchman Gwen Giabbani had switched off the engine just twelve days earlier, shortly after having crossed the finish line of the Le Mans 24 Hours as the winner. After exactly 24 hours and 47.964 seconds, after 3,042.495 kilometers at racing speed, after a cold night, after 20 hours in the rain. It was nothing less than a historic victory: the first for the Yamaha Austria Racing Team in a 24-hour marathon, the first for a non-French team since 1984, the first for a Yamaha since 2005. The triumph of his trio of pilots Giabbani, Steve Martin and Igor Jerman brought a few tears of joy to team boss Kainz’s eyes.

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