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Close Up Look at Pata Yamaha R1 World Superbike

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Recently in Barcelona, Spain, Yamaha had held its world racing press launch where it introduced its factory World Championship racing teams, one of the most awaited inclusions at the press launch was the new Pata Yamaha World Superbike. So, stay still and feast yourself on this collection of bikes as by taking a closer look at the factory Yamaha R1 superbike.

The Pata Yamaha World Superbike Championship team is the geared for production-based racing victory with its R1 superbike. This category requires that the entrants build their bikes from factory models with primarily genuine Yamaha parts. However, much like modifying a street bike with Yamaha aftermarket parts, the racing bikes can be modified, particularly in electronic and suspension.

Yamaha’s R1 riders headed into Round 7 of the FIM Superbike World Championship in Misano willing and wishing to repeat the success they achieved in Jerez, where Michael van der Mark secured his first race win of the season with a leading ride to victory in Race 2.

Words of Michael van der Mark, “We had a great weekend in Jerez with two podium finishes and our first race win of the season, so we head to Misano now with a really good feeling. We tested in Misano less than a month ago and, although the weather wasn’t ideal, we got enough dry track time to make things a little easier for us to get up to speed quickly this weekend. We have a really good package now, as we saw in Jerez, so I’m pretty sure we can enjoy another great weekend in Misano and fight once again for podium finishes in all three races.”

Alex Lowes stated, “We had a great weekend in Jerez with two podium finishes and our first race win of the season, so we head to Misano now with a really good feeling. We tested in Misano less than a month ago and, although the weather wasn’t ideal, we got enough dry track time to make things a little easier for us to get up to speed quickly this weekend. We have a really good package now, as we saw in Jerez, so I’m pretty sure we can enjoy another great weekend in Misano and fight once again for podium finishes in all three races.”

A Closer Look

One of the Yamaha aftermarket parts installed on the Pata Yamaha R1 World Superbike is a Magneti Marelli electronics system. It features an array of buttons and displays to help with everything from engine mapping to launch control.

The rear axle setup is customized to not require an axle nut. This means faster rear wheel swaps in the pit. Additionally, the rear shocks are Ohlins’ TTX-GP. The bike’s brakes include high-end Brembo calipers. Prata Yamaha’s adjustments to the rear of the bike have helped them squeeze every bit of performance possible from the production version of the R1.

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Even the exhaust has been upgraded. Akrapovic supplied the team with an Evolution exhaust. These changes and others make the R1 World Superbike a serious contender on the track, even though it is based on a bike you can buy from the dealer.

Getting Your Own R1

While the Pata Yamaha R1 World Superbike is not strictly a production motorcycle, it is based on one. You can head into a Yamaha dealer and buy an R1.

Better yet, even with some cheap motorcycle parts, you can modify your bike to be a racer. Whether you want to kit it out for the track, or just want something that performs a little tighter on the road, some Yamaha aftermarket parts can take you a long way.

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There is nothing quite like riding a bike you’ve worked on yourself. The sense of pride and freedom are unmatched. Get started working on your own bike today.

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