While Yamaha Motor USA racing team has been quite successful at the AMA SuperBike Championship with their 6-year old original crossplane crankshaft R1 dominating the series, its now time to change, and that change comes in as the latest and very recently launched 2015 R1.
While the team is already struggling to keep up, asked to put together a winning program for the all-new MotoAmerica series, they have to simultaneously work on the new R1 so that its ready in time for testing for the 2015 season.
Till now the team has been quite successful in quickly putting together things, the new R1 has already got a new fuel tank for larger volume, new brakes have been fitted and the front cowl has been revised. While the majority of the work, the engine is still pending, the motorcycle is still quite a way south of being competed.
Josh Hayes holds the current AMA SuperBike Championship title on the Monster Energy Graves Yamaha while team mate Cameron Beaubier was the second runner-up in the championship. The 2015 season would commence at Daytona International Speedway between March 13-15.