On 2th August 2019, Yamaha MotoGP has released The Yamaha MotoGP Monster Energy Team for motor racing riders Valentino Rossi and Maverick Vinales. The most important change in the Yamaha YZR-M1 is in the livery. Now the motorbike is black and blue in the style of Yamaha Factory Racing blue and Monster Energy black.
The significant change from Yamaha M1 2020 it is indeed different starting from the tail which is more pointed and sharp. Similarly, the side cover is slimmer and also aerofairing and wider front cover. Rossi and Vinales motorcycles are carrying a liquid-cooled 1,000 cc engine. The engine carries a four-cylinder inline configuration with a crankshaft crossplane.
The engine is mated to a six-speed transmission and the engine is capable of spraying power to more than 240 horsepower. So that speeds of more than 350 km / hours can be driven on the track.
For the chassis, the motor uses a Delta Box twin-tube aluminum chassis with multi-adjusting steering geometry. At the rear there is also an aluminum swingarm and to support stability when cornering, Yamaha YZR-M1 is equipped with Ohlins upside down front suspension and Ohlins rear suspension as well.
Yamaha YZR-M1 2020 uses forged magnesium rims measuring 17 inches at the front and rear. The rim is wrapped in 17-inch Michelin tires with slick configuration for dry track and there are also wet tires.
Large power to high speed certainly requires a capable braking system. Rossi and Vinales mainstay motorbikes are equipped with Brembo brakes with two discs in front with a size of 320 mm or 340 mm carbon along with four piston calipers on each disc. At the rear there is a brake with a stainless steel plate.
Overall the color carried by the motor is darker, because there is a typical Yamaha gradation plus a black color that is equipped with a large “M” decal that becomes the Monster Energy logo.
From the front, additional wings can be seen to improve aerodynamics. Its main function is to add downward force, which helps acceleration when the gas lever is turned. Why is that? Large engine power allows the front tire to be lifted or as a wheelie. Although these symptoms are not great, it certainly can disrupt the initial rate.
The use of these aerodynamic fairings must be used by racing teams from the beginning to the end of the season. This means that the team is not allowed to remove the wing in the middle of the season after the motor designs of each team are approved.
Yamaha M1 MotGP Specification:
Order : Aluminum with Delta Box
Engine Capacity : 1,000 cc
Engine Type : Four-cylinder liquid cooler
Power : 240 hr
Transmission : 6 speed manual
Front Suspension : Ohlins
Rear Suspension : Ohlins
ECU : Magneti Marelli
Front Rims : Magnesium 6 Crossbar
Rear wheels : Magnesium 6 bar
Front tires : Michelin ring 17
Rear Tires : Michelin ring 17
Front Brakes : Dual 320/340 mm four-caliper discs
Rear Brakes : Single dual caliper disc
Weight : 157 kg (according to FIM regulations)
It’s a sign from Yamaha that they need to comeback as a MotoGP ruler not as a challenger that we know Yamaha and all rider to working so hard to get back the best podium. It is all about the technology and tactic beside the riders unique skill. With Monster Energy as a new sponsor, we hope Yamaha can release the Monster Power and bring that podium back. This year, Yamaha is still have problems with tire traction and top speed deficit, hopefully the new swing arm and livery can fix the problem.
Carbon fiber swingarm has a weight of about 1.5 kilograms, or lighter than aluminum. With this fact, the load on the motorcycle rear tire will be lighter. Although not heavy, the strength of carbon fiber swingarm is even better than aluminum. A least, Yamaha MotoGP always rider friendly for they all technology and design.