Unprecedented, this new WR450F Rally is distinctly different from the previous Yamaha YZ450F Rally and features a single carbon-fibre fuel cell ‰ÛÒ as opposed to the five of its predecessor ‰ÛÒ for an equivalent capacity.
As the riders Olivier Pain, Alessandro Botturi and Michael Metge were able to appreciate during October tests, this choice allows for an optimal weight distribution and improves the general balance of the machine.
Narrower and more compact, the WR450F Rally is more manoeuvrable and easier to place. But this solution is only one of a number of improvements made to the machine that, among other things, gains an electric starter, without increasing overall weight and a six speed gearbox.
The exhaust pipe has been supplied by the famous Akrapovic brand. Finally, in terms of looks, the WR450F Rally boosts new bodywork that gives it an even more modern profile.
‰ÛÏWe have just finished three intensive and positive weeks in Sardinia. These extensive tests have allowed us to fine tune the set-up of the new WR450F Rally in readiness for the 2015 Dakar." JosÌ© Leloir, Team Manager - Yamaha Factory Racing Rally Team Yamalube explained.
"Clearly we are satisfied with the potential of this new machine and I would like to personally thank the technical team for all their hard work since the previous edition," he concluded.
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