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2020 MotoGP: Monster Energy Yamaha YZR-M1


For the 2020 MotoGP season, it appears that Monster Energy Yamaha will be using the same graphics as in the previous year. However, during an interview satellite team Petronas Yamaha Sepang Racing Team (SRT) principal Datuk Radzlan Razali, paultan.org was informed the 2020 YZF-R1 is an all new race machine, with new chassis and engine.

This means factory team riders Valentino Rossi and Maverick Vinales are on all new bikes with carbon-fibre fairing and swingarm, as is Petronas SRT rider Fabio Quartararo, who posted fastest time in the Winter Test at Sepang. Meanwhile, Quartararo’s teammate Franco Morbidelli is riding a 2019 YZR-M1 with “improvements”, said Radzlan.

With Rossi and Vinales still in the first team for 2020 and as is known, Vinales has signed on 2021, fan favourite Rossi is still undecided on his future plans. Rossi’s contract with Yamaha ends in 2020 and he has been quoted as saying he would wait till mid-season to decide his future in MotoGP.

Rossi’s place in the Monster Energy Yamaha team will be taken by Quartararo with speculation that Rossi might move down to the satellite team, stay on as a Yamaha test rider or retire to concentrate on his VR46 race team. In other news, Jorge Lorenzo, who had a dismal and injury-hit season with Ducati on the Desmosedici GP19 – injuring his back with a bad fall in Assen last season – has come on board with Yamaha as a test rider.

Last year, Vinales placed third in the overall rider standings while Rossi managed seventh. For Vinales, this is his fourth season with Yamaha, while “The Doctor” has been racing for Yamaha for 15 years.

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2020 Yamaha Lagenda 115Z SRT GP Limited Edition launched at Malaysia Cub Prix – priced at RM5,580


Launched during the final round of the Petronas Malaysian Cub Prix is the 2020 Yamaha Lagenda 115Z SRT GP Limited Edition, priced at RM5,580. Styling for the Lagenda 115Z SRT is inspired by the Petronas Yamaha SRT YZR-M1 MotoGP racing motorcycle ridden by Sepang Racing Team (SRT) riders Franco Morbidelli and Fabio Quartararo during the 2019 MotoGP season.

Available from mid-December at authorised Hong Leong Yamaha dealers, every Lagenda 115Z SRT GP Edition will come with an exclusive ownership certificate. The Lagenda 115Z GP Edition joins the 2019 Yamaha YZF-R15 Monster limited edition for Hong Leong Yamaha’s GP-themed bikes, launched earlier this year at a price of RM12,618.

Coming with an air-cooled, SOHC, two-valve, single-cylinder engine displacing 117.3 cc, the Lagenda 115Z SRT GP Edition is rated at 9.92 hp at 7,750 rpm and 9.9 Nm of torque at 6,500 rpm. Power is transmitted through a four-speed, centrifugal clutch gearbox and chain final drive.

Fuelling is done by EFI and fuel is carried in a 4-litre tank under the seat. Claimed weight is 100 kg and suspension is done with telescopic forks and twin rear shock absorbers.

Braking on the 17-inch front wheel is done with a single hydraulic disc while the rear wheel comes with a mechanical drum brake. Seat height on the Lagenda 115Z is 765 mm, making it suitable for the rider looking for sporty, daily transport.

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