Yoshimura is opening up their race shop to everyone, just bring your money and step right up. If you think you can handle the same bike that Mat Mladin races, just build your own GSX-R1000RR from off the shelf parts. Even better, it seems we’ll see a ready made bike showing up in, or at least being offered through dealers.
When Buell introduced their 1125RR, there was considerable disagreement over interpreting rules to allow the fully assembled race only motorcycle to compete in American Superbike. Mat Mladin, among many others, wasn’t pleased over the flexible rules allowing the non street legal bike into the series. Yoshimura dug into their parts list and modified a 2009 GSX-R1000 into the most race ready bike possible while still keeping it street legal. (Well, street legal might be stretching the words a bit, but that’s what they say.) The GSX-R1000RR is the result and, though no price was quoted, it’s going to be expensive, but if you want one and have the cash, it’s yours.
Allowing the Buell 1125RR to race opened the doors to the possibility of other similar bikes being offered by other manufacturers sliding in under the same ruling. It certainly didn’t take long for this bike to appear and it wouldn’t be surprising to see more examples from the Honda or Yamaha camps. Of course, you still need someone who can ride one of these like a Mat Mladin but, whoever puts one on the grid, won’t be able to complain about not having a bike that can run up front.
This GSX-R1000RR is certainly heavy artillery and it looks good but this has the makings of an arms race. After all the dust settles, will things be better, more expensive, more complicated or what? Interesting.
YRS ST-R Type R Cams (High-Lift Longer-Duration Camshafts)
YRS High-Compression Head Gasket (Raised Compression to 13.8:1)
BMC Race Air Filter
Yoshimura EM Pro w/ Quick-Shifter and Harness (mapped for pump gas)
Yoshimura R77 Titanium / Carbon-Fiber Full System
YRS Swingarm-Pivot Insert (+2mm)
YRS Rear-Suspension Linkage (159MM)
YRS Extended Fork-Cap Kit (gives additional 25MM of front ride-height adjustment)
YRS Showa “KIT” Rear Shock w/ YRS Race Spec Valving
YRS Race-Spec Fork Valving
Galfer Stainless-Steel Braided Brake Lines: Front (Smoke)
Galfer Stainless-Steel Braided Brake Lines: Rear (Smoke)
Galfer 1375 Front-Brake Pads
YRS Chassis Protector (New style w/ Decals)
YRS Rear-Stand Spools
YRS Case-Savers Kit
YRS Bar-End Kit
Yoshimura R&D Graphics