The Malaysian company celebrated 46 years since its creation, and as if it was fate that the number 46 of the World Championship, Valentino Rossi announced that he would race in what we did not yet know was his last year in the championship, in the Petronas box. Sharing it during the first part of the season with Franco Morbidelli and the second with Andrea Dovizioso.
To celebrate such a special season, Yamaha Motor Europe presented a unique commemorative piece in the form of a motorbike. It was a YZF-R1 replica of the Petronas MotoGP team's YZR-M1, Valentino Rossi's YZR-M1, priced at 46,000 euros. In addition, it was a limited edition of just 46 units. The aim was to offer a machine as close as possible to a MotoGP machine, the final result was more than a street superbike.
The Yamaha Austria Racing Team (YART) GYTR Pro Shop was commissioned to carry out the work. Highlights of the replica include an FGRT 2 front fork, TTX rear spring and steering damper. They also opted for a quick-release for the rear wheel, new adjustable footpegs and a quick-release grip was installed, along with the preparation of the R1 ECU.
Brembo took care of the braking with GP4-RX calipers and as for the tyres: Michelin slicks. There are also the mythical MotoGP-style wings and the decoration used by the Petronas team in the World Championship. Now, one of these 46 replicas will be put up for sale on the online auction platform Catawiki. The perfect opportunity for a fan of 'Il Dottore' to get a nice souvenir of his idol.
The machine for sale is unit number 13 of the 46 produced, and is unregistered. The Catawiki website states that the bike is brand new and has been kept in a room in good environmental condition until now. It is estimated that the final price it will reach between 66,000 and 73,000 euros.