2023 Yamaha YZF-R1 GYTR Preview

The Yamaha YZF-R1 GYTR, in white primer and not.

The Yamaha YZF-R1 GYTR, in white primer and not. (Yamaha/)

Want to experience the same WorldSBK track bike Valentino Rossi uses to train? Your dream is getting a little closer to reality. European reality, at any rate.

Yamaha Europe has unveiled the 2023 Yamaha R1 GYTR track-only race superbike, built to FIM Stock 1000 specs. It offers track-ready power and potential, unencumbered by things like emissions standards, road legality, and sensible risk ratios.

The “basic” R1 GYTR comes with stainless steel braided brake lines, a GYTR steel piston caliper kit, Brembo Z04 brake pads, billet front brake lever guard, and rearsets with GP-shift configuration. Add in GB Racing engine covers, an R-Series 520 chain, and a racing windscreen. A new wiring harness helps the GYTR ECU get the most from the CP4 crossplane in-line four-cylinder engine, with the help of an Akrapovič race exhaust system. It all rides on Bridgestone Racing R11 tires designed to have short, fast, sticky life spans.

None of this is particularly new or earth-shattering. But building on the 2021 introduction of the Rossi-themed Yamaha R1 GYTR VR46 Pro, the GYTR Pro Shop now offers the potential for much, much more race-ready technology and high-spec components, straight from Iwata.

There’s said to be 400 components from the GYTR Pro Shop available soon for aspiring racers, but here’s a preview from Yamaha’s press release:

• GYTR Pro swingarm

• GYTR Pro large-capacity and low-gravity fuel tank

• GTTR Pro carbon rear subframe

• GYTR Pro triple clamp

• GYTR Pro carbon cowling set

• GYTR Pro screen

• GYTR Pro dashboard

• GYTR Pro dash support

• GYTR Pro handlebars

• GYTR Pro handlebar switches

• GYTR Pro Marelli electronics (customized)

• GYTR Pro air ducts for brake calipers

• GYTR Pro brake lines

• GYTR Pro Brembo wheel adaptors (front and rear) to fit in the Öhlins FGR 400 fork and the inverted swingarm

• GYTR Pro clutch

• GYTR Pro side steering damper with bracket and clamp

• GYTR Pro MB radiator

• GYTR Pro Akrapovič system

• GYTR Pro brake lever protector

Assuming you have the wallet and nerve for it, you can build your very own World Superbike-ready competition experience, rider notwithstanding. And to top it off, Yamaha is also offering bodywork in primer white. Time to start imaging the numerous high-dollar sponsorship placements you’ll need to pay off your R1 GYTR.

Price and complete list of Pro Shop accessories to be announced by the end of the year.

Better than resting it against the wall: Essential track stand comes standard.

Better than resting it against the wall: Essential track stand comes standard. (Yamaha/)

Just an on/off switch and a windscreen to help view blurry objects. Instrumentation is up to your crew chief.

Just an on/off switch and a windscreen to help view blurry objects. Instrumentation is up to your crew chief. (Yamaha/)

It comes with 520 chain, GP shift, and billet rearsets.

It comes with 520 chain, GP shift, and billet rearsets. (Yamaha/)

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Mandatory brake lever guard, helpful for traveling in packs in turn 1.

Mandatory brake lever guard, helpful for traveling in packs in turn 1. (Yamaha/)
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