YAMAHA OFF ROAD DEMO DAYS - 1st Sep 2020

YAMAHA OFF ROAD DEMO DAYS

Yamaha Motor New Zealand is pleased to kick off our Off-Road Demo Days in conjunction with 101 Adventures. Along with Ben Townley, we’ll have a mechanic and ambassadors to help with bike set-up, latest product info and of course a fleet of Yamaha Dirt Bikes to experience. 

This is your opportunity to experience that WR or YZ new bike you've been thinking of, and get some expert advice from our brand ambassadors on the day.

Bikes available (WR450, WR250, YZ450FX, YZ250FX, YZ250X & YZ125X)

Dates and Locations:

Northland - 16th October 2020

Christchurch - 4th November 2020

Dunedin - 6th November 2020 

Nelson - 8th November 2020

Spaces will be strictly limited, so register now to secure your space here!

YAMAHA BLU CRU KIDS CAMPS - 1st Sep 2020

YAMAHA BLU CRU KIDS CAMPS

Yamaha Motor New Zealand is excited to announce that through our partnership with Josh Coppins Racing (JCR) we will be delivering kids camps for children and their families across New Zealand from October this year.

The camps will be for children 14 years and under plus their families. JCR will deliver exceptional value, fun and memorable experiences with something for everyone; including three different riding loops catering for all abilities, coaching sessions, mechanic workshops, plenty of activities for kids and some unique experiences over the weekend that only Yamaha Motor New Zealand can offer.

We’ll have Carter Coaching and Yamaha Ambassadors joining us to provide coaching and support, and a mechanic on-site.

 Prices start from $110 per child and $130 per adult, so don’t delay to get the early bird or family discount and remember places are strictly limited.

Feel free to come along with any brand of bike, and camp track-side for two full days of riding adventure; we will even have a range of Yamaha demo bikes available for you to try over the weekend.

It’s going to be lots of fun and we can’t wait to meet you!

Yamaha bLU cRU Camps:

Matata 2 - 4 October 2020

Glen Murray 20 - 22 November 2020

Taikorea 22 - 24 January 2021

Canterbury - date & location TBC

Southland - date & location TBC

South Island dates and locations will be posted soon, keep an eye out.

Spaces are limited so get your registrations in early here.

YAMAHA REVEALS 2021 DIRT BIKES - 31st Jul 2020

YAMAHA REVEALS 2021 DIRT BIKES

Yamaha Motor New Zealand is pleased to introduce a wide range of 2021 dirt bikes including its race-ready 2021 MX collection highlighted by the all new YZ250F. Featuring a thoroughly refined engine, revised frame, new suspension settings and new brakes, the YZ250F continues to dominate the competition with the best balance of power and handling.

For 2021 the YZ250F gets significant engine, frame, suspension and brake updates to deliver more class-leading power and offer a superior balance of nimble yet confidence-inspiring handling. 

Also new for 2021, the YZ250F and YZ450F will be offered in special Monster Energy® Yamaha Racing Editions, pairing Yamaha’s legendary YZ performance with a new, race team-inspired aesthetic.

In addition to the updated YZ250F and the Monster Energy Racing Edition models, the full two-stroke lineup consisting of the YZ65, YZ85, YZ125 and YZ250, as well as the four-stroke YZ450F, all return for 2021 with the next-generation Team Yamaha Blue colour and graphics scheme to further accentuate the advances of the YZ series.
Welcome to the victorYZone
Yamaha’s off-road competition bikes offer the very latest in technology with performance features designed to help racing enthusiasts reach their maximum potential, win races, and stand on top of the podium.

New 2021 YZ250F: Tune, Race, Win
The new 2021 Yamaha YZ250F has been redesigned for a more competitive, greater performing motocross experience. The new 250cc, liquid-cooled, four-stroke, electric start engine features an all-new cylinder head with an improved intake port shape and new camshaft profiles, as well a new airbox and intake track, a new silencer, and an updated ECU. These modifications, along with other refinements like an updated transmission and shift cam, a revised clutch design and improved water pump impeller, all help to produce stronger mid to top-end power and increased peak power, while retaining its class-leading low-end torque. 

Tuned specifically for the 2021 YZ250F, the updated lightweight aluminium, bilateral beam frame, and new engine mounts have been redesigned with all-new flex characteristics to improve bump absorption, traction, and cornering performance. The industry-leading, fully adjustable KYB® coil spring-type fork with enhanced speed-sensitive damping provides an exceptional balance between comfort and bottoming resistance while the link-type rear suspension features a KYB shock with revised damping characteristics to match the updated chassis. 

Other chassis components such as the top triple clamp, handlebar mounts, and front axle were also redesigned to complement the new frame. Improved braking performance is achieved with newly engineered lighter weight front and rear brake calipers, larger surface area brake pads, and redesigned front (270mm) and rear (240mm) discs. 

The 2021 YZ250F gives racers the edge right out of the gate. Standard equipment includes electric start, a lightweight lithium battery, advanced fuel injection, a front-positioned intake, and rear-positioned exhaust layout to deliver the widest spread of power with reliable performance while balancing the weight for excellent mass-centralisation. Racers can adjust their engine performance straight from their phone using the onboard wireless connectivity through the industry’s only free of charge complete tuning system, which is highlighted by the Yamaha Power Tuner App. 

Once settings are dialed-in, racers can then choose between two user-defined ECU maps on the fly via the handlebar mounted dual-mode engine map switch. Complemented by new next-generation Team Yamaha Blue colours and graphics, the 2021 YZ250F showcases Yamaha’s race-winning pedigree. 

New for 2021: Monster Energy Yamaha Racing Editions
Stand out from the crowd. The 2021 YZ250F and 2021 YZ450F now come in a new Monster Energy Yamaha Racing Editions. With a factory team-inspired colour and graphics package, riders can feel as if they too are a part of a Yamaha championship-winning team. Monster Energy is a major sponsor of Yamaha race teams globally including the MotoGP team, US supercross team – featuring SX West champion Dylan Ferrandis. Plus our own factory race team – and Australia’s most winning outfit - the CDR Yamaha  Monster Energy team.

2021 YZ450F: Tune into Victory
The 2021 YZ450F returns with all of the class-leading features first introduced on the 2020 YZ450F, including an updated engine, cylinder head, frame and technology features for a lighter, more powerful and better handling motocross experience. Racers can achieve quicker, smoother race starts through Yamaha’s Launch Control System, adjust their on-track performance using the onboard wireless connectivity through the free of charge Yamaha Power Tuner App right from their phone, and choose between two user-defined ECU maps on the fly through the handlebar-mounted dual-mode engine map switch.

2021 YZ125 and YZ250
Yamaha’s YZ125 and YZ250 models return for 2021 to complete Yamaha’s full-size lineup of motocross bikes. With their modern styling, lightweight aluminium frame and industry-leading KYB Speed Sensitive System front forks and KYB fully-adjustable rear shock, the 2021 YZ125 and YZ250 continue their outstanding performance and durability with a rider-friendly chassis and race-ready features.

2021 YZ65 and YZ85/LW
The 2021 youth models are once again ready to tackle the track. The YZ65 and YZ85/LW are powered by confidence-inspiring 65cc and 85cc two-stroke engines. Featuring the Yamaha Power Valve System, these engines deliver a broad spread of power and torque across the entire rev range, without losing any power at high RPM. Fully adjustable, industry-leading 36mm KYB spring type forks and KYB rear shock contribute to class-leading handling and performance in a wide range of conditions. Four-way, adjustable handlebar positioning, as well as lever-reach adjustability are designed for ultimate rider comfort, regardless of size. Finally, with two-stroke ease of maintenance and Yamaha’s proven durability, the 2021 YZ85/LW and YZ65 are built to keep kids on the track. 

All new 2021 YZ450FX
In the world of competition enduro models, the 2021 YZ450FX has been reworked to remain at the top of its class. The new 449cc, liquid-cooled, four-stroke, electric start engine features an all-new compact cylinder head with redesigned combustion chamber shape, and steeper valve angles. The rearward-slanted cylinder houses a higher compression piston with low friction rings attached to a longer connecting rod. The transmission has been refined to provide smoother shifting, and a more efficient crank breather system has been adopted to decrease pumping losses. In all, the lighter, more compact engine produces increased power across the entire RPM range for stronger and more linear pulling power.

The latest evolution of Yamaha’s lightweight aluminium bilateral beam frame has been redesigned with all-new flex characteristics that provide improved cornering performance, traction and bump reaction to give the rider more confidence to push harder in any off-road condition. Other chassis components such as engine mounts, top triple clamp and front axle, as well as the class-leading KYB® suspension with enhanced compression and rebound characteristics were carefully refined to reduce weight while improving handling and performance. 

To bring the new package to a stop, the 2021 YZ450FX features a newly designed front brake caliper, brake pads and front and rear disc. The combined changes to the new 2021 YZ450FX deliver increased power output with more controllable, linear acceleration and lightweight handling characteristics that mimics the YZ250FX.

To further showcase the YZ450FX’s cross country edge, electric start, a lightweight lithium battery, and advanced fuel injection are all standard features. The front-positioned intake and rear-positioned exhaust layout deliver the widest spread of reliable power while balancing the weight for excellent mass-centralisation. 

This enduro racer also continues to feature Yamaha’s advanced racing technology. The dual-mode switchable engine mapping and wireless connectivity is handled through the industry’s only free of charge complete tuning system, which is highlighted by the Yamaha Power Tuner App. This system allow racers to adjust their engine performance using their smartphone, while the Yamaha Launch Control System helps to achieve quicker, smoother race starts. With new next generation Team Yamaha Blue colours and graphics, the 2021 YZ450FX showcases Yamaha’s cross-country competitive edge.

2021 PW50: 40 Years, One Great Bike
With 40 years under its belt, the 2021 PW50 continues to be one of the best bikes for first-time riders. After making its debut, the PW50 established itself as the go-to bike for children just learning how to ride off-road. By focusing on a “toy-like” design, Yamaha engineered a bike that was both visually appealing and approachable to new, younger riders. Selling over 8000 units in its first year, Yamaha has now shipped more than 380,000 PW50s to over 150 countries.

The 49cc, two-stroke engine coupled with the fully automatic transmission make this a perfect bike for beginners. The PW50’s seat height of only 485mm and the adjustable throttle stop screw offer both rider comfort and parent peace of mind. Additionally, the PW50’s shaft final drive system is virtually maintenance-free while Yamaha's proven autolube oil injection system eliminates the need for fuel/oil premixing.

2021 fun and trail models
The 2021 TT-R50E, TT-R110E, TT-R125LWE, TT-R230 and XT250 are made for ultimate trail riding fun. These electric start, air-cooled, four-stroke motorcycles offer Yamaha’s legendary durability and dependability, along with a broad, accessible powerband for ease of use and great performance in a variety of trail conditions. The low seat height of the entire TT-R line allows smaller and less experienced riders to gain confidence with easy access to the ground and great comfort. Fun bikes are available in next-generation Team Yamaha Blue and White while the XT250 comes in a new Radical Grey.

Please refer to RRP table below for pricing on all new models including GST

Model

RRP inc GST*

YZ65

$6,999

YZ85

$7,899

YZ85LW

$8,399

YZ125

$11,199

YZ125X

$11,499

YZ250

$12,799

YZ250F

$13,699

YZ250F Monster

$13,799

YZ250FX

$13,999

YZ250X

$13,199

YZ450F

$14,799

YZ450F Monster

$14,899

YZ450FX

$15,299

Note that until 30 September you can score up to $1,000 savings on existing selected 2020 models.

*Pricing quoted is correct at time of publication on 10 July 2020.

YAMAHA TEAM ON THE PODIUM ACROSS THREE ENDURO CHAMPIONSHIP CLASSES - 30th Jun 2020

YAMAHA TEAM ON THE PODIUM ACROSS THREE ENDURO CHAMPIONSHIP CLASSES

The shortened 2020 Yamaha NZ Enduro Championship wrapped up yesterday, with the PWR Yamaha team notching up class podiums across the racing divisions.

Rounds three and four were held over consecutive days, with the tricky trails in the Santoft forest, near Bulls, in the Manawatu, testing the riders to their limits. Upping the ante was the presence of current 125cc Youth Enduro World Champion Hamish Macdonald, who would usually be racing overseas but due to Covid-19 is competing on home soil instead.

Despite the best efforts of PWR Yamaha’s Seth Reardon, who had hoped to back up his 2019 national enduro victory, Macdonald claimed his first New Zealand title yesterday. Whanganui’s Reardon battled hard on his Yamaha YZ250FX to win his AA E1 class and finish up as 3NZ overall, behind former champion Dylan Yearbury, who was second.

Reardon described the conditions as a “tough two days riding on mainly tight sandy pine tree trails which roughed up a lot by Sunday.”

He was disappointed not to get the result he wanted, especially after a promising first two rounds where he placed third in Masterton and first in Martinborough, over the two consecutive days of racing in mid-June.

“Both days this past weekend, I made a few mistakes, which cost me some time but I managed to place second in class both days. I got a podium finish overall for the series giving me 3NZ and first in my class,” Reardon says.

Former international cross country star and PWR Team Manager Taikorea’s Paul Whibley wasn’t just coaching from the sidelines – and rode his Yamaha YZ450FX to second in the AA – E3 (301-Open 4-Stroke) class.

“The bike handled the conditions so well. The YZ450FX ran so good in the deep sand. Overall it was a fun race. There were a lot of tree stumps in the terrain test but as the days wore on, the tracks got tougher and the stumps became more exposed and more visible,” Whibley says.

He was proud of his Yamaha team and described youngster Wil Yeoman’s performance in Saturday’s third round as a “break out day” where he achieved a stunning second in the AA – E1 (0-200 2-Stroke, 0-300 4-Stroke) class and 6th overall.

Taupo-based Yeoman, who has just turned 15-years-old, was stoked with his Day 1 result, which included a third fastest time in the final special test on his Yamaha YZ125X.

“The tracks were gnarly and we were having to avoid stumps. Day 2 in the sand wore the body out and I made a couple of early mistakes. However, I was happy with my overall result and with my third place in class for the championship,” Yeoman says.

Yamaha Motor New Zealand Motorsport Manager Josh Coppins attended the Manawatu-based final rounds and enjoyed watching the PWR Yamaha team and the brand achieving some top results.

“We had great Yamaha representation and the highlight was our clean sweep of the under 300 class. We had Seth winning, online motorcycle magazine Kiwi Rider’s test rider James Scott second on the Yamaha YZ125X he rode as a one-off and Wil in third,” Coppins says.

An ex-international motocross GP legend, Coppins was happy to see the enduro riders being able to compete again.

“The motorbike racing world will be quite envious because not many international championships are continuing at the moment, so to have the level of riders that we did back here in New Zealand and to be able to run was great,” Coppins adds.

The PWR Yamaha team is waiting to see what the cross country nationals may look like if they get rescheduled. In the meantime the riders have a few more events on the calendar.

“We are contesting the NZ GNCC series, where Seth won the first round. The Dirt Guide series, where I won the first round, has two more rounds to go and the three-round Motomuck Woodhill Series starts this weekend in Auckland. We also have the Hard Enduro Series starting soon, where the team will contest selected rounds, so the remainder of 2020 is going to be busy,” Whibley says.

TÉNÉRÉ 700 TOUR NZ 2020 - 17th Jun 2020

TÉNÉRÉ 700 TOUR NZ 2020

Navigating mountain ranges, crossing rivers, navigating through forests - just some of the adventuring 40 motorcycle riders will tackle when the Yamaha Ténéré Tour kicks off in Taupo, 8-11 October.

The tour will be lead by former MX2 World Champion, Ben Townley and will be open to Yamaha customers who have recently purchased the new Yamaha Ténéré 700 adventure bike.

With overseas travel virtually impossible in the short term, growing numbers of Kiwi motorcycle riders are heading off the beaten track to explore the New Zealand countryside with events like the Ténéré Tour designed to cater for the growing adventure motorcycle segment.

Yamaha Motor New Zealand has seen a sales surge in its adventure bike segment, most notably the widely anticipated Ténéré 700 model which was released here earlier this year.

The Ténéré is the latest in a series of dual-sport Yamaha motorcycles named after the Ténéré desert stage of the Dakar Rally in the Sahara, the new model being the successor to Yamaha's hugely successful XT660Z Ténéré model.

When the new Ténéré 700 model was announced, Yamaha quickly took pre orders for 50 units from awaiting customers, with confirmed sales now totalling 115 units as of the end of June.

“The Ténéré 700 is the single most successfully launched model in Yamaha’s history, and was the top selling bike in Australia earlier this year,” says Yamaha New Zealand National Motorcycle Manager, Victor Gardiner.

“The Ténéré 700 hits a sweet spot in terms of power to weight ratio, geometry, and “rally” capabilities for a stock standard motorcycle – and it’s leading the charge in the adventure bike segment.”

Ténéré 700 is powered by Yamaha’s highly respected 689cc parallel-twin engine. The key characteristic of this compact CP2 engine is its strong and linear torque output that gives instant throttle response together with outstanding acceleration - attributes that make it a capable and versatile performer on and off the road.

The 2020 Tour is going to take place in the Central Plateau region and will give riders an experience to remember. The tour will take riders from the Great Lake, Taupo out to the golden sand of the East Coast, before navigating across the bottom of the Central Plateau mountains to reach the rugged untouched black sands of the West Coast. Riders will then traverse their way back through native bush and farmland - experiencing some of the most breath-taking views of pristine lakes that the Central Plateau has to offer - an amazing 1000km round trip!

Tour leader Townley says the tour is designed to suit a wide range of rider abilities, from beginners to more experienced adventure riders.

“It’s going to be a great trip, and we can’t wait to get into it. It’s going to suit the more experienced riders as well as the more novice rider who can go at their own pace and be able to get some tuition from myself and some of the other staff to help get the most from their experience,” says Townley.

“The Tour is all about adventure and we are so excited to explore this beautiful part of New Zealand with these Ténéré 700 customers.

“I really love the bike, it’s really easy to get on and ride and is almost simplistic.

It’s an all-rounder, race ready, adventure ready machine.

“The engine is really friendly to the rider, it delivers excellent power and overall is very comfortable to ride on both the road and on gravel.”

Townley will be joined on the Ténéré Tour by fellow Yamaha ambassador, Josh Coppins who is no stranger to the world of professional motocross riding.

During his seventeen years professional racing, Coppins had thirteen world championship race wins, twice runner-up world champion, two British championships, one Belgium championship, one Italian championship and two Australian championships & 21 New Zealand championships.

Like Townley, Coppins is equally impressed with the Ténéré 700 and says that the style of motorcycling the Ténéré can deliver appeals to not only him, but will find favour with a wide variety of riders.

“I think for me, I’ve never actually done a lot of road riding, but this style of bike gives you the best of both worlds,” says Coppins.

“It’s the kind of bike that you can take on a ride, and when you get to the end of the road you can choose to go left or right and keep exploring.”

“I’m relatively new to off-road adventure riding, and the stage of my career I’m in at the moment it’s perfect for me.

“Obviously in the motocross sport it’s quite selfish and individual and incredibly competitive. I want to do something that is more social and to have a different level of enjoyment.

“I’m getting older, I’m 43 now, and motocross is hard on the body for sure. This style of riding will still allow you to push the limits of the bike and yourself when off-road.”

Producing maximum torque at 6500rpm, this engine offers the ideal balance of performance and controllability - and with its excellent fuel economy, it contributes towards the Ténéré 700's ability to cover long distances between fuel stops.

“The thing that I noticed about the bike was the torque of the engine. It’s very smooth, but powerful which makes the bike exciting and something that is usually hard to get on a motorcycle.”

“It’s not a big bike, traditionally the off-road adventure style bikes are big, but the Ténéré 700 isn’t. I’m not that tall, but with all of the adjustments you can make to the bike as far as seat height, handle bar position, it’s very adaptable. And even with good ground clearance I didn’t find it difficult to ride and hope on and off.”

“I can’t wait for the tour to kick off and explore some of our amazing country.”

The 2020 Ténéré 700 Tour runs from October 8-10.

Ténéré 700 key technical features

• High-torque 689cc 4-stroke CP2 parallel-twin engine

• New lightweight double cradle tubular steel frame

• Slim, compact and ergonomic body and seat

• Aggressive rally-bred face with four LED headlights and two LED position lights

• Adjustable long-travel 43mm upside down forks with 210mm travel

• Remotely adjustable link-type rear suspension with 200mm travel

• Compact rally style cockpit with tapered handlebars

• 21-inch/18-inch lightweight spoked wheels with adventure tyres

• Slim long-range fuel tank with 16-litre capacity for 350km+ range

• Compact rally-style multi-function instruments

• Switchable ABS for on the fly adjustment

• Screen and handguards give good rider protection

YAMAHA MOTOR NZ CLINCHES SUPERBIKE AND 150 CLASSES IN SHORTENED NZSBK CHAMPIONSHIP - 5th Jun 2020

 YAMAHA MOTOR NZ CLINCHES SUPERBIKE AND 150 CLASSES IN SHORTENED NZSBK CHAMPIONSHIP

Three Yamaha Racing Team riders will be having at-home celebrations, across the country, to mark two wins and a podium finish in the cut-short 2020 New Zealand Superbike (NZSBK) Championship.

In Christchurch, Alastair Hoogenboezem (27) will mark the day he won his first Superbike title (provisional), with his parents and two brothers, after Motorcycling New Zealand announced in a statement today that it is “calling the NZSBK Championship after the three rounds that have been completed.” The final two rounds have been cancelled due to the unknown impact of Covid-19 to the sport.

Down in Invercargill, aged only 13-years-old, Cormac Buchanan, was thrilled to learn that he is likely the youngest rider in the sport’s history to win a New Zealand road racing title. He adds the Supersport 150 Championship to the NZGP and NZTT titles that he also won during the 2020 series.

While in Wellington, Rogan Chandler (22) was happy to have achieved his best-ever finish, with a second in the Supersport 600 class.

For 1000cc YZF-R1 rider Hoogenboezem, it was his third national title, earned in equally spaced time frames. He won the 125cc class in 2010, then five years later, in 2015, claimed the Supersport 600 trophy. Today he added the top-level 2020 Superbike silverware to his cabinet.

“I plan to defend it. There’s no class to move up to - this is it. So hopefully the wins don’t come every five years,” Hoogenboezem says, laughing.

Now in his fifth year in the Superbike class, racing in the highest-tier Yamaha Racing Team, Hoogenboezem has worked his way through the field from an awestruck youngster racing against nine-time Superbike champion Andrew Stroud in 2011, to the talented championship-winning rider he is today. The circumstances surrounding his victory however, were in his own words - “weird.”

“I’ve never had a win or title like this before. Normally I’d be up on the top step of the podium with the crowd cheering. It feels a bit weird. I’m excited but can’t celebrate it with anyone [outside his bubble] yet. I’m lucky that I was in the best seat in the house after Hampton Downs.”

Hoogenboezem is referring to the third - and now final round at Hampton Downs in March, where he bounced back from a significant crash in the first race to take out the prestigious TT title in the third race on his Yamaha YZF-R1. The closely-fought victory earned him enough points to snatch the overall title.

“Massive thanks to the team. Last year I didn’t think it could get too much better in terms of a ride in New Zealand but with Josh and Amy [Coppins] coming on board in 2020, it really ramped it up. This year, we had the team and the bike and the support and could just concentrate on the riding. It’s not an individual sport, it’s a team sport, so big thanks to Yamaha and the team’s and my own personal sponsors,” Hoogenboezem says.

Yamaha Motor New Zealand Motorsport Manager Josh Coppins was understandably rapt to have captured the Superbike title in his first year with the team, saying it was unexpected but warmly welcomed. He wholeheartedly congratulated Hoogenboezem on his victory.

Buchanan, who is supported by Yamaha and backed by his hometown dealership Rogers Motorcycles in Invercargill, says he will “remember forever” being awarded his first New Zealand championship.

“For sure it’s not the way I wanted to win the title - it would have been great to race those final two rounds and have the chance to celebrate with my Yamaha team mates but that’s not possible in the circumstances. Motorcycling New Zealand had to make a very tough call and made it with the safety of everyone in mind.”

The youngster has an enviable record, going through unbeaten in the Supersport class on his YZF-R15, in his rookie NZSBK season.

“A lot of the credit for that goes to my coach Steve Bagshaw and my dad Stacey for always believing in me and backing me to achieve my goals.”

“It’s been an amazing experience to be in a winning environment with the Yamaha team and have the chance to learn from wicked riders like Alastair, Jake, Rogan and Harry. Our results overall across all the classes really shows the successful team culture that Josh and Amy Coppins and Steve Lloyd have created for us and I’m honoured to be part of that,” Buchanan wraps up.

Chandler also would’ve loved to finish the season, especially having the chance to race on his home track at Manfeild. However, he took positives away from the fact that after the first round he was languishing in eighth place and made it through to second overall by the conclusion of the third round, courtesy of a stunning set of triple victories on his Yamaha YZF-R6 at Hampton Downs.

He credited the work put in by Robert Taylor (KSS Suspension) and Steve Lloyd, who manages the Yamaha Racing Development Team satellite squad, for helping to get him back in the game.

“We finally figured out mentally what makes me tick and what makes me ride well. At least I’ve learned all of that this year and I can go into next year super confident and keep that momentum up,” Chandler says.

All three Yamaha riders echoed the same sentiment - that it was a shame not to be able to share their achievements with their Yamaha Motor New Zealand team that has been so instrumental in their 2020 successes.

Coppins says he couldn’t praise the Yamaha Pit crew “Peter Fenton (Red), Nigel Friend, Hank Randell, Tim McArthur, Nic Bishop (Smokey) and Dave Cole” highly enough. “My wife Amy and I put things in place but the brains behind the set-up, is those guys. I think we raised the bar this year, but I feel like we’ve only just scratched the surface with the crew, with the bikes, the riders and also with our set-up.”

“Our other Yamaha team members also deserve a mention with Timaru’s Harry Parker finishing fifth in the Supersport 300 class and Rangiora rider Jake Lewis sixth in the Superbikes. So, I’m really excited to move forwards with all our promising road racing riders into next season,” Coppins says.

Yamaha Motor New Zealand’s General Manager Alan Petrie says that on behalf of the brand and its fans, he congratulates the team’s riders on their fine efforts.

“We, like them, would love to have seen the series run to the full end. It is what it is and will not take away from the fantastic results.”

He commended Coppins on the success he has achieved in his first year in his across-racing-divisions role with Yamaha.

“He has really developed Yamaha’s fortunes in road racing. In off-road we’ve also had a very good year with the Altherm JCR Yamaha team claiming the national MX1 and MX2 titles,” Petrie says.

The level of fan and customer engagement has been heartening this season and reinforces Yamaha’s commitment to every level of rider, from novices to professionals, Petrie adds. Coppins concludes that it has been a “huge motorsport year” for Yamaha.

“I feel like we’ve delivered but can do more. As always, we are looking forward to the future.”

*Results for the Superbikes and the Supersport 300 classes will remain provisional until technical checks have been completed. MNZ will do its utmost to get these done as soon as possible.

YAMAHA’S REARDON CLAIMS A DOUBLE PODIUM IN NZ ENDURO OPENER - 31st May 2020

YAMAHA’S REARDON CLAIMS A DOUBLE PODIUM IN NZ ENDURO OPENER

There was no easing into the 2020 Yamaha NZ Enduro Championship, although PWR Yamaha team rider Seth Reardon rose to the tough double-header opening rounds’ nearly 300km challenge, finishing on the podium both days.

Racing in Masterton on Saturday and Martinborough on Sunday, the Whanganui rider was third on the first day and then claimed a remarkable win amongst a star-studded entry list the next day.

“I was so stoked to win the second day outright and make it to the finish without any time penalties. My Yamaha YZ250FX was on form all weekend with no mechanical problems at all,” Reardon says.

Team Manager Paul Whibley described Reardon’s victory as “very cool, especially given Hamish MacDonald was competing, who is the current 125cc Youth Enduro World Champion.”

The 2015 national cross-country champion and successful international cross country title holder Whibley, who is racing back in New Zealand for the first time in several seasons, says the first section was a surprise to many riders.

“It had some really tight and technical terrain in pine trees with logs, rocky creeks, steep climbs and descents with lots of roots thrown in for good measure. The second loop for the day was mostly fast farmland, which was pretty slick from overnight rain.”

Taikorea-based Whibley says he struggled on the first lap and took too long to warm up on his Yamaha YZ450FX and settle in.

“I was posting times that were a little off the pace. The second time through the terrain tests my times were much improved but the damage was done, and I had to settle for second in class.

Reardon had a battle on his hands with MacDonald and former champion Dylan Yearbury both in his stacked class. He demonstrated his skill-set and took the race to them on his Yamaha YZ250FX.

“The track all up was 120km long which took four hours to complete. There was some pretty tough racing through tight forestry, long rocky creeks and some fast, slippery farmland. I rode a solid race all day, tried my best to put in some fast times and managed to get third overall and first in class. I’m really happy with my result and want to say well done to Dylan and Hamish for P1 and P2,” Reardon says.

PWR Yamaha’s youngest rider Wil Yeoman, who has recently turned 15, stepped up into the Senior class for the first time on his Yamaha YZ125 and tackled the event’s first day in the AA Expert grade head on. He placed an impressive fourth overall the first time through the first terrain test amongst the class’ international and national champions and went on to claim fifth in class for round one.

"Saturday was awesome - the track was so gnarly and technical, but I was able to get around without losing any time,” Yeoman says.

Round two of the national series then moved south to Martinborough on Sunday. Whibley described the venue as “fast, open farmland” and the ground was “hard with grease laid over-top.”

He struggled to get into the swing of things on the first lap and his times reflected that in the first two tests.

“But a couple minor tweaks to my setup allowed me to find some more traction and comfort and my speed picked up with some good times the second lap. I placed second in class again for the day,” Whibley says.

“Seth was on fire - winning all but the third terrain test and easily winning the day,” he adds.

“The Martinborough track was 170km long and really fast paced. It was mainly slippery farmland with some creek crossings and some gnarly tight bush sections. I had to push all day to beat the clock! Huge thanks to all my sponsors – I wouldn't be here without their help,” Reardon says.

Yeoman had another strong start to the day, but the fast trail pace and physically demanding track took its toll and late in the energy-taxing day, he lost some time.

“Big thanks to the landowners and the Bush Riders and Kapi-Mana Clubs for putting on two great events. This weekend was a good learning experience, being among top riders and watching their technique through challenging terrain was invaluable. I am looking forward to testing my skills in the sand at the next double-header at Santoft in the Manawatu,” he says.

“Although it was a huge learning curve for the young racer with plenty of lessons learned, Wil came home with a credible seventh place on day two,” Whibley says.

Ashton Grey was side-lined with a serious foot injury the week before the event. He was undertaking marshal duties at an event when he caught his foot on a stump and a piece of wood penetrated his foot. The wound became infected and required surgeries and a skin graft. He is unsure how long his recovery period will be.

Yamaha Motor New Zealand’s Motorsport Manager Josh Coppins was pleased to see one of the teams he oversees back on their Yamahas, in what was the first official motorbike racing series to take place post-Covid-19.

“Yamaha is sponsoring the NZ Enduro Series as this is an especially important market for our brand. It was great to see we had good representation in all classes,” he says. “I was really happy with the PWR Yamaha team’s results and I’m hoping to make it to the final round next month to support them. Hopefully, the boys can add to our 2020 Yamaha championship tally where we have bought home the national road racing Superbike and 150 Supersport titles, plus the MX1 and MX2 motocross trophies,” Coppins concludes.

YAMAHA MOTOR WIN THE GLOBALLY-RENOWNED RED DOT AWARD FOR THE NINETH CONSECUTIVE TIME - 1st May 2020

YAMAHA MOTOR WIN THE GLOBALLY-RENOWNED RED DOT AWARD FOR THE NINETH CONSECUTIVE TIME

Yamaha Motor announce today that its Ténéré 700 motorcycle and YMR-08 industrial drone have both received the globally-prestigious Red Dot Award: Product Design 2020. The awarding of these prizes mark the ninth year in a row - ever since 2012 - that a Yamaha Motor product has received a Red Dot Award.

The Ténéré 700 is an adventure tourer in the best traditions of the Ténéré brand, drawing on its brilliant history of success in one of the world's toughest rallies - the Dakar - in the 1980s-90s. The Ténéré 700 features a 689cm³ water-cooled in-line 2-cylinder 270° crank engine mounted on a lightweight body.

With a high degree of freedom in riding posture, high durability and ease of maintenance, along with high adaptability under load, this new model balances off-roading, adventure, and touring performance at a high level.

With the design concept of "Exciting Adventure Ténéré," this model has a high-positioned face that incorporates a three-piece shield on a distinctive headlight and tank, creating a design which expresses a spirit of adventure. Ténéré 700, The Next Horizon is yours.

Developed based on the concept of "spraying a one-hectare field in one 15-minute flight*", the YMR-08 is an industrial multi-rotor drone principally aimed at pest control applications. Responding to the requirements of suburban areas and small-scale agriculture, the YMR-08's features include a lightweight carbon body and electric motor making it quieter than its gasoline counterparts. The thorough emphasis on functional beauty which meets the demands of farmers and crop sprayers has created a design full of refined dynamism.

The Red Dot Design Awards, are organized by Germany's Design Zentrum Nordrhein Westfalen and are widely recognized as one of the most prestigious design awards in the world. The Ténéré 700 and the YMR-08 were also recently awarded respectively the German "iF Design Award" and the "Good Design Award 2018".

*Based on continuous spraying on flat land

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