Yamaha France’s World Endurance YZF-R1

04/03/2012 @ 4:42 pm, by Jensen Beeler7 COMMENTS

If you haven’t caught on yet, the French love them some endurance racing. So, it goes without saying then that Yamaha France is campaigning its own entry into the FIM World Endurance Championship (WEC). Officially titled the Yamaha France GMT 94 Michelin Yamalube Team, the team’s riders are David Checa (yes, the brother to reigining-World Superbike Champion Carlos Checa’s), Matthieu Lagrive, and Kenny Foray.

Getting to use traction control for the 2012 season, Yamaha France has a strong entry for the season, but will have to contend with the Honda TT Legends factory team, as well as the Suzuki Endurance Racing Team (SERT), who have dominated the sport since its inception. Debuting the bike and team at the Bol d’Or 24 Hour race practice, we of course have a bevy of photos for you after the jump. Happy Tuesday.

Source: Yamaha Racing

  • Carbon frame? Dayumn.

  • MikeD

    @Marc F:

    Nope, look closer………just a pretty blingy COVER(s)…not even the swinger…(o_O)

    Beauty is on the eye of the beholder……..that been said…….i still think the Gixxer looks BETTER.
    I can’t wait for Yamaha to get rid of the silly WALL-E front end…(-_-)’

  • Ha, sorry, I skipped the sarcasm smiley. I have a major issue with cosmetic BS, especially on a race bike, which is (or should be) beautiful because of it’s purity of purpose. I don’t know what they were thinking…

  • Marc F – totally agree, if a part on the racebike isn’t helping you go faster, it shouldn’t be there. period.

    HOWEVER. racing at the endurance level is R&D accelerated torture testing at its finest…perhaps those carbon covers are concealing strain gauges or some modification to the frame from Yamaha.

    OR maybe it’s b/c whoever makes the covers gave them a buttload of $$ to run them…w/e, tire $ is tire $

  • Great bike.

  • Billy B.Tso

    love it! best looking of the lot! …whether it’s the fastest…? …might need to get rid of some ‘dead carbon weight’…

  • Jonathan

    @ Marc F: it’s not for cosmetics, it’s for crash resistance. Crashes are a fact of life in endurance racing and the bikes are built to be sturdy.

    Anyways, race bikes lapping in the dark at near daylight speeds, frantic pitstops, riders battling fatigue, backmarkers and gravel traps – endurance racing is the the business!