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Testing countdown: McAMS Yamaha building for 2020 YZF-R1 debut

The McAMS Yamaha team are counting down the days to the first official Bennetts British Superbike test at the Monteblanco circuit in Spain, where riders Tarran Mackenzie and Jason O’Halloran will be riding the 2020 YZF-R1 for the first time.

The team are confident the improvements they have already found with the bike will see them take steps forward in for the 2020 season with the new R1 an evolution of the previous model.

While the proven R1 chassis is largely unchanged, the 2020 R1 features a heavily revised 998cc cross-plane crank engine, which produces more power as standard than the previous machine. Upon taking delivery of the bike last October, the McAMS Yamaha team tested the standard bike on the dyno against the previous model and found significant gains – watch the video here.

The new R1 also features a new look, with the Japanese manufacturer having spent a lot of time developing the aerodynamics of the new bike.

Chris Anderson, Tarran Mackenzie’s crew chief, said: “The new bike is a big step forward. We’ve found some really good gains with the engine, we are getting a lot more power out of the 2020 R1 than we did the old bike and everything seems to point towards this being useable power, but we’ll find out in a few weeks’ time!’

“As well as the engine, there’s also a completely new airbox and air-scoop, but the most exciting thing for us after the engine is our new fairing. We work directly with the Yamaha Racing factory in Italy and the fairings they’ve sent us are an absolute work of art.

“The fairing has been designed to improve aerodynamics and the feedback on this from the World Superbike guys has been really encouraging, so we can’t wait to see how it performs with our guys at Monteblanco and Jerez later this month.

“We’ve also got a number of other things to test. Last year, the World Superbike guys tried a new configuration for the fuel tank and their feedback was really positive. These parts arrived towards the end of last season, but it’s such a major change we didn’t want to do it during a race weekend so we’ll try them for the first time at Monteblanco.”

The opening round of the 2020 Bennetts British Superbike Championship takes place at Silverstone on April 10/11/12.

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