Spies Immediately Up To Speed On 2009 Yamaha YZF-R1 World Superbike In Portugal

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2009 Yamaha WSB riders Ben and Tom Sykes enjoyed a successful two day at Portimao with their new The riders used the time to both their relationships their new team and also to a start on the development of the all-new Yamaha YZF-R1 race

Day one of testing was spent mostly the 2008 WSB machines, giving riders the opportunity to learn the technical Portimao circuit opened for the first time weekend for the last round of the World Superbike Championship.

Day two saw the riders lapping on the all-new for Yamaha WSB R1. The new 998cc bike, a high tech powerplant linked to the M1 MOTOGP bike, is at the very beginning of its development for the WSB season and is still relatively to production specifications.

However the 2009 production R1 crossplane engine and a unique uneven order giving linear and greater traction rider Ben was able to come within two of the race lap record set by Troy during the inaugural race two days previously. In a validation of the belief in the potential of the new bike riders put in fast lap times, Ben lapping consistently in the low 1.44s on the day.

The Yamaha WSB team now move on to Africa for the second test to the next steps in the development of the

So far the team’s minor modifications to the bike include a modified an enlarged radiator for extra and the addition of an oil cooler. The new bike has no sub-frame but incorporates a strengthened The exhaust is unique, and was developed in with Akrapovic. The standard tank has also been with an aluminium tank increased capacity.

The bike features the latest Marelli electronic systems. The new arm is also developed purely for the WSB bike based on knowledge from the 2008 racing

Ben Spies (1’43.9)

The whole weekend has been great for me. my own crew chief here the US joining the team is good, he understands me and it’s great to see him well with the Yamaha Italia Technical Chief Galbusera. Getting out on Nori’s we made a couple of changes and got it answered a lot of questions for me on the different manufacturer and riding new circuits.

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The bike is at the beginning of its development, but for it’s at now compared to where we be when we line up at Philip it’s hugely exciting. The worked really hard on the this weekend and it’s going to get better and better. really looking forward to year.

Tom Sykes (1’44.5)

For me it’s a very good test. done two days I now feel part of the team. It was quite arriving on Tuesday morning for the 1st day of the facing a new bike, a new circuit, and a new It was important to me to get it right from the

We are developing well together and we a good understanding. I was very with my time on the 2008 and happy with a good pace. For the 2009 bike, it’s at a very early of development, I think it’s a package. The feeling coming out of the is unbelievably smooth, the power is so the whole bike remains stable.

There is still lots to be but the outcome is already very All in all it was a great weekend for me, I was really to get started and learning, getting on the new team and feeling part of

Yamaha Motor Italia Manager Massimo Meregalli As a first test, I think it very well. We didn’t any problems and both riders did a good job. The test us a very good feeling the bike is very good now and we how we can improve it even more, is still a big gap to where we can get to, so we are just happy. Everything went well with the riders and the there’s no better way to end a test for us, we are excited about the next

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