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2014 Factory MX Bikes Break Cover
Posted by: newsla on Feb 20, 2014 - 06:05 PM
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2014 Factory MX Bikes Break Cover


Six years have passed since Yamaha’s factory motocross machinery led the FIM Motocross World Championship field in a distinctive blue shade but now – as the 2014 campaign prepares to launch with the Grand Prix of Qatar under the lights of Losail next week (February 28th/March 1st) – the works YZ450FM and YZ250FM motorcycles of Jeremy Van Horebeek and Christophe Charlier respectively are being shown for the first time.

 

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Yamaha Factory Racing last adopted the company’s corporate livery for Grand Prix racing in 2007. In the first half of the decade the sight of Stefan Everts terrorising 500cc and MX1 divisions (a title winner every year from 2001 to 2006) also established the ‘Blue Blur’ of the works Yamaha squad.

The current YZ450FM and YZ250FM prototype machines developed by Yamaha Motor Europe and YRRD (Yamaha Rinaldi R & D) are based on the brand new 2014 YZ450F and YZ250F models launched in Europe towards the end of last summer. The larger bike has incorporated a new fuel tank and subframe to slim the profile and enhance centralisation and boost rider feeling. The innovative rear-slanted engine has been revised to deliver more driveable torque in the lower gears while overhauled intake and exhaust ports, cam profiles and crank ratios build up the impression that the YZ450F is the most tractable and invigorating ride yet. A honed chassis gives more stability and agility than ever before. The factory bike – YZ450FM - as steered by Jeremy Van Horebeek has seen YRRD technicians focussed on creating even deeper reserves of usable engine potential and a ‘character’ personalised for the Belgian. To further improve the already impressive handling the factory bike adopts KYB factory suspension, special triple clamps and a factory swing arm.

The production YZ250F is a completely new bike, and now shares many similar characteristics and components with the latest version of its ‘bigger brother’. The same fuel injected engine concept is in place as well as the chassis design and layout. The factory team helmed by Michele Rinaldi will again enter a prototype machine with the 2014 production YZ250F providing an excellent base. In the MX2 class – where the search for maximum power and performance never seems to cease – works racer Christophe Charlier will benefit from the endeavours of YRRD technicians to boost output from the 250cc ‘heart’ of the YZ250F. 2014 is a standout milestone in the story of the YZ and Yamaha’s pioneering four-stroke project that revolutionised the sport at the tail end of the last century.

Yamaha Factory Racing will form part of a comprehensive Yamaha line-up in Grand Prix with also Bike it Yamaha Cosworth (Rui Gonçalves in MXGP and Max Anstie in MX2) and Kemea Yamaha (Petar Petrov and Luke Styke in MX2) for the eighteen round series in sixteen countries.


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