2014 Yamaha YZF-R1 Endurance Race Bike by YART

04/29/2014 @ 2:13 pm, by Jensen Beeler9 COMMENTS


The Yamaha Austria Racing Team (YART) might not have had a result at the 2014 Bol d’Or that was commensurate with the team’s ability, but ask anyone in the Endurance World Championship paddock who the top teams are, and YART is surely on their short-list.

Finishing 5th in the 2013 Championship, YART’s first goal is to best its French counterpart, the Yamaha Racing – GMT 94 – Michelin squad. Running similar equipment, the Austrians have been making a strong showing in the French-dominated endurance paddock.

So strong is EWC in France, that Honda Racing Europe finally had to give up its TT Legends team, which was comprised of road racing and TT stars, in favor of an all-French rider lineup of endurance specialists.

Featuring some of the most interesting racing equipment, the Endurance World Championship breeds a special kind of racing motorcycle. Bikes are rolling compromises, setup to provide the widest range of usability and riding style for the two, three, sometimes four riders that have to share the motorcycle during an endurance race.

Reliability is key, where a bulletproof bike with superior fuel economy, can be an advantage over the bike with the most horsepower on the grid. The human-factor is huge too, especially as races like the Bol d’Or carry-on into the night. Mistakes from rider and crew can mean time lost, or worse, the end of a race.

That all being said, here is the Yamaha Austria Racing Team’s 2014 workhorse, in all its go-fast glory.



















Photos: YART

  • ian john

    those headlights are working for me….

  • David

    Most unusual toilet they have there.

    Not very private looking.

    Never seen leathers with a trap door in the back either.

    I guess endurance racing has to make exceptions.

  • http://www.asphaltandrubber.com Jensen Beeler

    Yeah, but at least they don’t fuck around when it comes to TP.

  • crshnbrn

    ^ “Yeah, but at least they don’t fuck around when it comes to TP.”

    I noticed that too, but it is probably just a jumbo roll of John Wayne paper.

    Awesome livery!

  • crshnbrn

    Mr. Beeler, I apologize for quoting the F-bomb.

  • http://www.asphaltandrubber.com Jensen Beeler

    Too many fucking people were fucking swearing in the fucking comments, so now posts that have words like “fuck” get tagged by the spam bot. So you fucks better watch your fucking swearing, for fucks sake.

  • crshnbrn

    I said I apologize, geesh!

  • L2C

    The livery reminds me of Stefan Bradl’s masterpiece. Great looking bike. Both of them.

  • Dave Pearce

    Not much innovation here or am I missing something.