Lit­tle rac­ers

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Yamaha has an­nounced plans to launch a one-make race se­ries aimed at new­com­ers to the sport, us­ing a mod­i­fied Yamaha YZF-R3.

The Aus­tralian based Yamaha Rac­ing De­vel­op­ment team has pro­duced a road race kit es­pe­cially for this model that is de­signed to get the best out of the twin cylin­der 321cc sports bike. The tech­ni­cal reg­u­la­tions are be­ing de­vel­oped by Mo­tor­cy­cling Aus­tralia in con­junc­tion with Yamaha. Al­low­able mod­i­fi­ca­tions to the stock ma­chine are min­i­mal in or­der to keep costs down. Yamaha plan to of­fer the bikes and kits as a pack­age at a bar­gain price that would be well un­der the cost of build­ing an R3 race bike sep­a­rately. Rac­ers will con­test a min­i­mum of a five round se­ries – as part of the ASBK win­ter 2016 se­ries be­gin­ning in March – with prac­tice, qual­i­fy­ing and three races over the event week­end. Prizes will be pro­vided for each age group com­men­su­rate with the level of ex­per­tise and achieve­ment with the ul­ti­mate prize slated to be a brand new YZF-R6.

The race se­ries is aimed at ju­nior MX, dirt track and short cir­cuit rid­ers who want to try road rac­ing but may be dis­cour­aged by the cur­rent ex­pense of buy­ing, build­ing, and run­ning a road rac­ing ma­chine. $7,900 buys a YZF-R3 in road trim and a race kit that in­cludes fair­ing, Akrapovic ex­haust, rear sets and lower bars, gear­ing, sus­pen­sion mods a race stand and other bits. It’s a won­der­ful ini­tia­tive from Yamaha and the lit­tle racer can even be pur­chased through YMF Fi­nance over 12 or 24 months. This may be where the next Casey Stoner comes from! Full de­tails can be found at www.yamaha-mo­tor.com.au

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