I was not looking for another bike, cos I have 4. BUT recently I was reading an Italian motorcycle magazine 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. Basically the base is the stunning R1M and YART are assembling only 46 of these bikes. The idea is that next year a certain Mr 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 bike is truly amazing and it will be track only, as the performance will not allow it to be homologated for road use. And the price is (a mere) 46k Euro per bike which is more or less twice the price of a standard R1M but not too unreasonable if you consider that the Ducati equivalent costs from 30k pounds upwards.
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!!