I was not really looking for another bike, cos I have a few. But recently I was reading an Italian motorcycle magazine (online) and an article about a special edition of the Yamaha R1M being prepared by Yamaha Austria caught my eye. Well I clicked for more information and then I read more about the bike and then I clicked again and well, I ordered one.
I had a long phone call with Manfred (Mandy) Kainz, the founder and owner of Yamaha Austria Racing Team, and he told me all about the project and about the bike. The base is the stunning R1M and YART will make only 46 of these bikes, in collaboration with Yamaha Japan. The idea is that next year a certain Mr V Rossi will ride what is likely to be his last year in Moto GP with the Petronas Team, as his official works bike has already been contracted to a younger rider (the Italo/French rider Fabio Quartararo).
The specification of this special R1M is truly amazing and it will be track only, as the spec and performance will not allow it to be homologated for road use, certainly not as they will only make 46. And the price is a mere 46k Euro which is more or less twice the price of a standard R1M but not too unreasonable if you consider that the Ducati production bike equivalent costs from 30k pounds upwards. UPDATE: The first few bikes have been delivered and one is already up for sale at 70k Pounds!! Mine should be delivered next week (Nov 2020).
Have a look here: https://www.yamaha-racing.com/motogp/news/yme-and-yart-gytr-pro-shop-unveil-official-petronas-yamaha-sepan/ WHAT a stunner!!