Photos: Yamaha Austria Racing Team (YART)

04/18/2012 @ 3:51 pm, by Jensen Beeler9 COMMENTS

Campaigned by Yamaha’s Austrian subsidiary, the Yamaha Austria Racing Team (YART) has an impressive history in the FIM World Endurance Championship. Finishing third at the 76th Annual Bol d’Or 24 hour race, YART was the top Yamaha squad on the rostrum, and even upset the Yamaha France’s factory team: Team Yamaha GMT94 Michelin Yamalube.

YART was the 2009 WEC Champion, and over the last 10 years, the Stryia-based squad has finished in the Top 5 eight times. Not quite the pedigree that comes with the Suzuki Endurance Racing Team (SERT), but YART is a serious contender for the 2012 World Endurance Championship and is already giving the factory Suzuki squad a run for its money. It also so happens, that their 2012 Yamaha YZF-R1 is one trick looking race bike — photos after the jump, naturally.

Source: YART (Facebook)

  • ryan

    Awesome pics!
    I’m curious about one thing though in picture 23. Other than being an adapter for the front stand mounting point, what’s the function of the part at the base of the forks with the carbon fiber (sticker?).

    Thanks !

  • Jay

    man i love the look of akro’s on an R1 /drool

  • Ed Gray

    Ryan, maybe they are guides for when they put the wheel back on during a pit stop?

  • I’d go with Ed on that one.

  • ryan

    Ya, I was thinking that it was something along the lines of that, to speed up tire changes or something. I didn’t have the chance to watch the race, not even parts of it, had an exam to study for.

    Thanks for replies !

  • Denis

    Ryan, ED:
    Maybe it’s a guide but it doesn’t explain the inside curvature of that part. It might be for a wheel speed sensor? There is one on the other side, maybe they thought about putting one on this side too.

  • Ed Gray

    I’m not sure that explains the inner curvature either, but it’s just as good a guess.

  • 76

    I’ve never seen anything like that, a quickchange normally works off a triple lower & a center stand. The forks need to be able to butterfly out allowing the calipers to clear the wheel. You can see it has the fender bracket for just that, a quick change system. My question is how do the forks pivot with those lowers brackets being used as the stand?

    The other thing thats kind of strange is it seems like quite a massive amount of weight getting added that is unsprung. I would like to know what that is casue it sort of dosent make sense to me at this point but for sure looks like something is going on there

  • Ed Gray

    Curiouser and curiouser! My first thought was that maybe the fork lift point is just for use during pit stop work on the engine area, and that there is another lift that engages the chassis some how, for tire changes, but I see no evidence of it. The chassis lifts were common at Daytona before they ruled them out.

    Endurance teams are willing to give up a lot (or in this case add weight) in order to expedite pit work.