Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

{Limited Edition Rossi Races in} {Yamaha Takes a Smooth Ride}; the YZF-R1SP Comes Soon

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

{Limited Edition Rossi Races in} {Yamaha Takes a Smooth Ride}; the YZF-R1SP Comes Soon

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NONE of us will be able to ride like Valentino Rossi, but now at least we can look just as fast with the new limited edition YZF-R1SP.

This special Rossi liveried version of Yamaha's 2010 model YZF-R1 supersports bike will hit the showrooms in March 2010.

The YZF-R1SP will be available in strictly limited numbers with a RRP of well under $22,000.

The YZF-R1SP is based on a 2010 R1 but is fitted with a Rossi decal kit that includes #46 race numbers front and rear and the maestro's signature on the fuel tank to make it the ultimate autograph collector's piece.

The revolutionary YZF-R1 was introduced at the end of February 2009. The radical and innovative new model represented the most significant development in engine and chassis technology ever seen in the 11-year history of this legendary motorcycle.

Featuring an all-new 998cc engine whose design, feel and character has been influenced by Rossi's championship winning M1, the new high-tech R1 powerplant is closely linked to our Moto GP bike. In fact, the new model R1 engine has benefited from more Moto GP developed technology than any other in its long and prestigious history.

In addition, the completely redesigned aluminium Deltabox chassis and aggressive styling give the new-generation YZF-R1 a radical new look and bring innovative technology to the class. In the same way that the original YZF-R1 threw the rule book out of the window, this revolutionary new model sets a new benchmark for the super-competitive 1000cc supersport category.

The defining and most influential feature of the YZFR1SP is the use of an innovative new 998cc engine which has been developed from the winning YZR-M1 Moto GP design.

This remarkable 998cc liquidcooled inline 4-cylinder 4-valve engine features bore x stroke dimensions of 78.0mm x 52.2mm, giving an extremely short stroke layout, together with the largest bore dimensions ever used on a Yamaha 1000cc supersport engine. In association with the short stroke and big bore, a high compression ratio of 12.7:1 is featured, which contributes to the engine's impressive power output of 182 PS at 12,500rpm, and a torque output of 115. …

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