Are You the 2012 Yamaha YZR-M1 MotoGP Race Bike?

08/11/2011 @ 8:15 am, by Jensen Beeler8 COMMENTS

Taken during a Yamaha testing session in Japan, these two videos appear to be our first glimpse into Yamaha’s next MotoGP race bike: the 2012 Yamaha YZR-M1. Though MotoGP regulations will be allowing up to 1,000cc in factory team motor displacement, it is still anyone’s guess as to what displacement Yamaha and the other teams will be running. Likely not to reveal that information until the new M1’s formal launch ahead of the 2012 season, we will still get our first official glimpse of the new Yamaha M1 on Monday.

After the race at Brno, Yamaha plans to test its 1,000cc bike with Jorge Lorenzo and Ben Spies. On-hand will be Honda with its 2012 Honda RC213V, while Ducati will test its 2011 Ducati Desmosedici GP11.1, and not the new GP12. There’s no word yet on what Suzuki will be doing for 2012, though it is widely held that the team will run an updated version of it 2011 machine in a 800cc capacity. A second spy video is after the jump, and though the video quality is poor, the sound of the new M1 is crisp.

Source: GPone

  • Giova

    I love the sound of the moto gp bikes….

  • Faster1

    No Goiva,, that is not the sound of “motogp bikes,, It is the exclusive sound of the Yamaha “cross plane” engine. no other gp bike sounds anything like it. ,, more sole than any 4 banger,, very “twin”-like

  • Ok I want one put my name on the list!! Sounds Awesome… Can you hear that STONER we are coming for you!! Lol

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  • Ades

    Looks like this was at Suzuka (Bring Suzuka back!!!!!)…………..definitely a deeper growl from the M1, can’t wait to hear it at full noise.

  • MikeD

    Ah…sweet sweet music to my ears.

  • Giova

    Faster 1, Ducati uses this type of engine configuaration too. When I went to Laguna Seca they all sounded sweet to me.

  • Jeff

    For those who haven’t been to a MototGP race, here’s how you can recreate the volume of a GP bike at full beans:

    1.) Remove exhaust on car at manifold.
    2.) Place ear on air cleaner
    3.) Have assistant give full throttle