Yamaha M1 2012 Moto GP bike

Ben spies on a black Yamaha M1 2012

Ben spies on Yamaha M1 2012 Testing

There are only three factory bikes in 2012 Moto GP.The Yamaha M1 is a series of Proto type racing bikes used in Moto GP racing.The Yamaha M1 is Factory bike in Moto GP.Yamaha Factory Racing is the official factory team of Yamaha and they manufacture the M1.The Yamaha team had finished in second place in both riders standings and Manufacturer standings.Yamaha had special attention towards the bike.And after the testing season it was evident that the Yamaha M1 2012 was competitive against the Honda RC213V.


The Yamaha M1 design is a proven design in terms of handling,aerodynamics and corner traction so Yamaha had sticked with the same design for its 2012 Yamaha M1.The total body work is made from Carbon fibre which is used for weight saving purposes.The four into two into one side exhaust is made of titanium and looks good for the bike.The front air scoop size is increased to increase the air flow for the new 1000 cc machine.The handle bar position is unchanged from the previous edition.The front windshield is reduced in size when compared to the 2011 Yamaha M1.The same the type of design is used in Yamaha M1 apart from the under seat twin exhausts seen  on the Yamaha R1 and headlights and a pillion seat and the front air scoop are the only things that distinguish an Yamaha R1 from M1.The fuel tank capacity is 21 litres.The bike weighs 157 Kg.


The class displacement of the bike is 1000 cc but the exact displacement is 990 cc.The engine is a four cylinder inline configuration Four stroke engine with 4 valves per cylinder and a DOHC system takes cars of the valve timing and the valves are made up of titanium and the connecting rod is also made from titanium.The ignition used is Magneti Marelli with NGK spark plugs with adjustable mapping for various racing conditions.The lubrication system is wet sump and the final drive employed is Chain.The six speed cassette type Gear is matched to a Dry Multi-plate slipper clutch.The bike churns more than  240 hp.The bike has a top speed of 360 km/h.


The Chassis used is Aluminium Twin tube Delta box frame.The Delta Box frame is a patented technology of Yamaha and is also seen in some Yamaha Road bikes like Yamaha R1 and R6.The chassis allows for multi-adjustable steering geometry and ride height.


The suspension system used is supplied by Ohlins and in the front they use inverted telescopic forks and a rear shock Absorber combined with a Aluminium swing arm.

Tyres and Brakes:

The tyre compounds used are supplied by Bridgestone and both the front have the same 16.5 ” configuration and the wheels are 16.5 ” with a variety of different rim widths.Both the front and rear brakes used are supplied by Brembo and the front has a twin 320 mm carbon discs with four piston calipers and a stainless steel disc brake at the rear with 220  mm.

The wheels are MFR FOrged Magnesium alloys with 16.5 ” configuration at both front and back.

Teams who use Yamaha M 2012 

Yamaha Factory Racing – Official Yamaha team Jorge Lorenzo from Spain and Ben Spies from USA.




Yamaha Tech 3 – Yamaha Satellite team this team has signed up with to riders Cal Crutchlow fromUK and Andrea Dovizioso from Italy.




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1. 2012 Moto GP CRT Bikes

2. 2012 Moto GP Satellite Bikes

3.2012 Moto GP factory bikes


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