Yamaha brings the special edition R1 GYTR VR46 tribute motorcycle

Yamaha brings the special edition R1 GYTR VR46 tribute motorcycle

Youth and speed. Two words Valentino Rossi embodies and embodies well. As the rider who made the most Grand Prix appearances in history, Rossi’s talent influenced generations of MotoGP racers. 

With his career statistics of

  • 372 starts
  • 7 championships
  • 89 /372 wins
  • 199 /372 podiums
  • 55/372 poles
  • 75 fastest laps
  • 1 best finish
  • 1 best grid
  • 23 hatrick
  • 39 retirements

Fiat Yamaha legend Valentino Rossi has truly tested his mettle in the sport over the past 20 years. 

To celebrate The Doctor’s retirement from MotoGP racing at the Valencia GP on November 14, 2021, Yamaha gave him the R1 GYTR VR46 Tribute bike. 

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The Yamaha R1 GYTR VR46 Tribute was designed as a one-off special edition, commemorating Rossi’s Yamaha Factory Racing rider career. The R1 is not for sale, but you can check out the Yamaha Japan website for what it looks like.

The livery is designed by Aldo Drudi, who has also designed helmets for Rossi in the past.

Apart from the vivid shade, the inline-four factory-tuned 998cc cross-plane gets numerous accessories like the air funnel set, Akrapovic exhaust system, head gasket, radiator kit, GYTR electronic throttle, slipper clutch.

Further, Yamaha has also brought switches, adjustable rear sets, brake lever protector, GYTR handlebar set and Marchesini wheelset.

The Team Blue also proves additional components like the 22 (5.8-gallon) litre fuel tank, complete carbon subframe, carbon fibre fairings, adjustable triple clamp kit, underslung swingarm assembly supported by adjustable Ohlins with Brembos for braking.

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More components

Other components involve WorldSBK-spec air filter, sensor kit, wiring harness and Marelli REX 140 ECU.

It’s hard to believe Valentino Rossi has been racing for well over two decades across the globe. It seems like yesterday that he was making his debut in 125cc GP in 1996.

He’s one of the most decorated motorcycle racers in history, but Valentino Rossi is more than just a champion. 

The dominant force in MotoGP in the 2000s, all of Rossi’s seven premier class titles came in this decade, including 77 race wins and 48 pole positions.

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In the ensuing 12 seasons, he managed 12 race wins and seven pole positions. During this period, Rossi was the 6th most successful rider in terms of total race victories.

The Italian has influenced Yamaha since his debut in Junior competition in 1996, eventually winning more Grand Prix World Championships (seven) than all-time greats.

Source: Visordown

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