The Yamaha R1 has a rich history of success in competition around the globe, from the FIM Superbike World Championship, the prestigious Suzuka 8Hr and the Endurance World Championship, plus several national accolades including numerous British and American Superbike crowns.  

The R1’s most recent success came in Endurance racing, when the YART team of Niccoló Canepa, Marvin Fritz and Karel Hanika took it to the 2023 Endurance World Championship title.  

2021 saw Toprak Razgatlıoğlu crowned as FIM Superbike World Champion, having secured 13 race wins, 29 podiums and three pole positions in what was hailed as the most exciting WorldSBK season in years. The Pata Yamaha Team took the team title and Yamaha the manufacturer title, making it a clean sweep for the Iwata brand. 

The 2022 season was equally exciting but, despite surpassing his record of 2021 by taking 14 race wins, Razgatlıoğlu and his R1 had to settle for the runner up spot in the championship standings. Similarly, a close fought title challenge in 2023 would ultimately result in Razgatlıoğlu taking second in the standings after a year of close competition.  

Replicating the production motorcycle, the WorldSBK-Spec R1 is adapted for World Championship competition by removing road-safety aspects such as headlights and wing-mirrors, replacing bodywork with racing items and allowing modifications to engine management, exhaust systems, suspension, brakes and a number of engine parts. 

Current regulations stipulate the bike must weigh a minimum of 168kg, while the tuning of race machines is now subject to more limitations than in previous years due to the restriction of technical modifications. 

Now in their ninth year back in the FIM Superbike World Championship, Yamaha has been showing the competition what makes them one of the most well-respected and timeless names in motorsport.  

Engine type: Liquid-cooled, 4-stroke, DOHC, forward-inclined parallel 4-cylinder, 4-valves 
Displacement: 998cc 
Bore and Stroke: 79.0mm x 50.9mm 
Maximum power: over 220 P.S. 
Lubrication system: Wet sump 
Clutch type: Wet, Multiple Disc 
Fuel system: Fuel Injection 
Ignition system: Marelli MLE 
Starter system: Electric 
Transmission system: Constant Mesh, 6-speed 
Final transmission: Chain 

Frame: Aluminium Casting 
Front suspension system: Ohlins Ø 46 mm inner tube, Ø 54.5mm outer tube 
Front travel: 130 mm 
Caster angle: 24º (+/- 1º) 
Rear suspension system: Swingarm, (link suspension) 
Rear Wheel travel: 100 mm 
Front brake: Hydraulic dual disc, Ø 338.5 / Ø 336 mm Brembo 
Rear brake: Hydraulic single disc, Ø 218 mm Brembo 
Front tyre: 120/70 17” Pirelli 
Rear tyre: 200/50 17” Pirelli 

Overall length: 2,055 mm 
Overall width: 690 mm 
Overall height: 1,150 mm 
Seat height: 855 mm 
Wheel base: 1,450 mm (+/- 15) 
Minimum ground clearance: 130 mm 
Dry weight: 164 kg 
Wet weight: 168 kg 
Fuel tank capacity: 21 litres 
Oil capacity: 3.9 litres