Milwaukee Yamaha's Josh Brookes and Broc Parkes have unveiled the YZF-R1 that they will campaign in the 2015 MCE British Superbike Championship at the Yamaha Motor Racing Headquarters in Italy.
Following the much-anticipated launch of the new R1 at the end of last year, the SMR team has been working closely with the Yamaha factory on the development of the new machine, which will debut in the opening round of the season at Donington Park on 4/5/6 April.
Brookes and Parkes were joined on stage at the unveiling, at the 2015 Official Racing teams' press conference, by riders representing Yamaha's World Endurance line-up of YART and GMT94, with the launch showcasing the official Yamaha racing teams at the home of the Yamaha MotoGP squad.
Team manager Mick Shanley commented: "It is a big honour for our team to be involved with the official Yamaha project for the new R1. It has been fantastic to be a part of this event and to have the launch hosted at the headquarters of Yamaha's MotoGP team shows how highly-regarded the new R1 is to the factory. This has been a great opportunity for us to showcase our team and the MCE British Superbike Championship to an international audience ahead of our on-track debut next month."
Agreed. I'm no designer, but the top half is very sleek and the bottom half is a mess of pieces, heat shields, fairings.
If an aftermarket company is listening I think we need three things:
One piece lower.
That more flowing middle side engine cover.
A slight tweak around the headlights.
The last part I feel could have been executed so much better by having the leading edge of the main side fairings follow a straighter line, vs that awkward forward curve covers the side of the headlight. http://imgur.com/v7pyqZs
Even if you left some of the headlight exposed it would just melt into the background and the side fairing would flow so much better..