17
Nov
09

Yamaha’s European Racing Headquarters (2 videos)

Pernah bertanya-tanya di mana motor-motor juara diabadikan? Karena Yamaha baru saja dimahkotai oleh M1, R1, R6 dari Rossi, Spies dan Crutchlow di tahun 2009, Yamaha pikir ini akan menjadi ide yang baik untuk mengungkapkan kepada publik ruang sensasional tempat para motor juara berasal. Ini merupakan salah satu strategi PR yang cukup mengesankan, membuka pintu untuk publik bisa melihat isi nya motor juara-juara Yamaha.

Well, mending liat dulu gimana rasa kalo ada kesempatan naikin motor para juara 2009 dari YAMAHA M1, R1 and R6…hihih =P

Selama bertahun-tahun, balap Yamaha berpusat di Belanda, namun pertumbuhan eksponensial Italian penjualan serta penandatanganan Valentino pada tahun 2004 telah memindahkan pusatnya ke Italia Yamaha Gerno di markas besarnya di Lesmo, Italia. Tata gedung yang modern dan kompleks serta mengesankan terletak tepat di sebelah sirkuit Monza, sebelah utara Milan.

Respect! A 1959 YDS1R production racer reminds Valentino’s 2004, 2005 and 2008 Championship winners where it all began.

Last emperor in the 990 dynasty, Valentino’s 2005 championship winner. By this point the engine had totally changed. Vertically stacked gearbox, central gear cam drive (chain and gears mix on the right side before), rear shock anchoring to the cases and, if you could peek inside, you’d see the 90 degree staggered crank pins adopted by the R1 this year.

The full line-up of 990 MotoGp engines covering the years 2002-2006 was on show. Seeing them one next to the other was a really rare opportunity. It was quite fascinating to be able to follow the development of the different mechanical features and motor architectures.

Compared to the carbon enclosed M1s, the simplicity of the 250 racer is remarkable. The YDS1R was Yamaha’s first production racer and was based on the successful works “Mount Asama” racers.

M1s have always useD 4-2-1 exhaust systems, but the old debate about which cylinders should be joined was alive within Yamaha R&D. The 2005 engine in the foreground has cylinders 1&2, 3&4 linked, while the 2004 version in the background has cylinders 1&4, 2&3 joined. What works best then?

The main corporate meeting room has a nice piece of dynamic sculpture. The Racing headquarters is also the place were contracts are negotiated and strategies decided.

The main space in Yamaha’s racing HQ is actually the loading area. The lines numbered 1 to 4 are where the huge rigs park to load and unload their precious wares. Yamaha Racing, together with some loyal local collectors, put together a very fine show. The maintenance labs, sorry, I meant workshops, can be seen through the windows on the right side.

Two strokes galore! From a 1962 250 TD1, through an 80’s TZ125 up to the gone-but-not-forgotten, all-mighty, YZR 500 (ex Noric Abe). Unlike archrival Honda, Yamaha’s history was written with burnt oil, and there were plenty of strokers on show. The only missing ingredient was the sweet smell of castor oil in the air.

Not so sure that Vale really likes the idea, but Biaggi’s 2002 steed shared space with his 2008 Championship winner. Many forget now that Max achieved the runner-up spot in the single year he rode the M1 and was instrumental in it’s early development.

Dalam kasus M1, terlihat jelas ketepatan dan kompleksitas dari bagian-bagian mesin, merupakan karya yang datang langsung dari Jepang hanya setelah mereka uji tentunya. Oleh karena itu, Yamaha Racing Eropa HQ terutama hanya berkaitan dengan pemeliharaan, bukan pembuatan. Setelah mendengar banyak kisah mengerikan tentang kehancuran rutin mesin protoype, ternyata Yamaha tidak mengirimkan begitu banyak mesin lama tersebut ke tempat penghancuran. Beberapa mesin masih disimpan di tempat ini. Thank God…=P

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