This week has been epic in the world of superbikes with Aprilia winning the World Superbike Championship in a thrilling finale in Qatar; Honda’s Marc Marquez unveils the RCV213-S, street version of his 2013 MotoGP winning bike; and Yamaha putting out an all new R1, both with a MotoGP heritage and technology.
The RCV213-S is still considered a prototype and is essentially what you would imagine, an RC213V MotoGP bike with lights giving an unhealthy amount of power from its 1000cc motor – although Honda are still tight-lipped about the final specification of the project. Maybe we’ll hear more about it at the Tokyo Motor show.
It was Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo that were set the task of launching Yamaha’s latest R1.
The new generation R1 will race in Superbike championships, with the Milwaukee team already suggesting it will run two for British Superbikes in 2015. 2016 may also see the Yamaha team back in the World Superbikes championships.
Yamaha describes the R1 as being 'packed with MotoGP YZR-M1 technology', including a new crossplane engine, short wheelbase chassis and high-tech electronics. With cast magnesium wheels, lightweight LED lights, and a titanium 4-2-1 exhaust, the new R1 weighs in at 199kg. Rake and fork offset are unchanged, and an inverted 43mm fork is complemented by a link-type single-shock rear.
It seems like yesterday that Kawasaki also unleashed their latest adrenalin generator on the world, the supercharged H2R, and now we have a whole new series of superbikes ready to hit the roads. No doubt there will be growing order books for these two when they are finally released onto the streets.
So who's next? Check back with us soon for details of Ducati's latest sportsbikes.