Yamaha unveils the 2023 R1 GYTR race bike

Contrary to popular belief, the race bikes that compete in the Superbike World Championship (WSBK) are not at all stock bikes that are fresh from the showroom. In fact, these bikes are very much upgraded with all the bells and whistles one could fit in a race bike.

For Yamaha, only the best racing parts from Genuine Yamaha Technology Racing (GYTR) are worthy of their R1.

This R1 is the closest thing to the Yamaha WSBK race bike image

Just recently, Yamaha announced the 2023 R1 GYTR. The Yamaha R1 is a proven race bike, winning championships and races at the pinnacle of production bike racing, WSBK, and various national races around the world. Its unique, responsive Cross-plane, 4-cylinder (CP4) engine offers linear torque with an excellent feel, while its distinctive chassis provides unrivaled handling, further enhanced by the 43mm KYB front forks. The IMU electronics package, ride-by-wire throttle, Brake Control, and Engine Brake Management further amplify the smooth riding experience.

Aspiring racer?

According to Yamaha, like the R6 GYTR, the new 2023 R1 GYTR is made for racing. This special R1 is designed for customers who are looking for performance and quality and is prepared specifically for track usage (not homologated for road usage).

This R1 is the closest thing to the Yamaha WSBK race bike image

It is built to be faster and more precise than ever, the R1 GYTR is the ultimate canvas to tailor your own superbike machine, whether you’re an aspiring racer or already a pro.

Yamaha also claims that the R1 GYTR is designed to offer an efficient package to track-day riders and racers, it comes only with necessary parts for the track and is equipped with over 25 carefully selected GYTR parts along with an Akrapovic muffler and link-pipe system.

This R1 is the closest thing to the Yamaha WSBK race bike image

Further benefits for riders include an improved power output and rideability, making it the perfect race bike for all levels of ability, with the performance refined across the rev range. The wide variety of options to adjust the ECU makes it easier to ride at your limit, boasting optimized gearing and agility thanks to a range of lightweight parts. In line with FIM Stock 1000 regulations, the R1 GYTR offers improved braking and aerodynamics with the ideal riding position to get the most from your experience. It is fully keyless and comes with a rear stand for greater convenience.


This R1 is the closest thing to the Yamaha WSBK race bike image

For now, Yamaha has yet to announce the R1 GYTR’s pricing and availability. So, if you’re an aspiring racer or are already a pro racer, you might want to seriously consider this R1 GYTR from Yamaha.