KTM introduced the track-only RC 8C back in 2021 with all 100 units were quickly snapped up by customers in less than five minutes.

  • The RC 8C gets reworked engine which now produces 135hp. 
  • Features carbon fiber, GRP and Kevlar bodywork similar to KTM’s RC16 MotoGP racebike.

However, the hype around the specially-built race bike was over the roof and triggered the Austrian manufacturer to come out with a second version for 2023.

Limited to just 200 units, the 2023 model were sold out in a blink with every unit were sold out in just two minutes despite having 100 units more than the first released.

In addition, KTM also bags nearly GBP8 million in the process.

At a glance, there isn’t much to set the 2023 RC 8C apart with the 2021 edition. 

Aside from the black finish replacing the orang paint, the 2023 RC 8C continue to feature carbon fiber, GRP and Kevlar bodywork that mirrors the KTM RC16 MotoGP racebike. 

Also carried from the original version is the handmade chromoly steel trellis-style frame built by Kramer Motorcycles.

However, the 2023 RC 8C gets reworked engine with LC8c 889cc twin powertrain now makes 135hp from the previous 128hp. This is achieved by equipping a new titanium intake and exhaust valves, titanium connecting rods, larger 48mm throttle body and an increased in compression ratio. 

KTM also added new oil cooler and revised the crankcase-balancer shaft while also removing the upper balancer in the cylinder head.

In addition, thanks to a new titanium Akrapovic race exhaust, the 2023 KTM RC 8C tip the scale at just 142kg.

The 2023 RC 8C also gets a revised WP Apex Pro suspension with the firm claimed to improve rider confidence on the track. 

Similar to the 2021 RC 8C, the new track bike also allows for a host of adjustment and fine-tuning on both the engine and handling. 

That said, the new AiM MXS 1.2 Race dash allows access to the bike’s traction control settings, throttle mapping and engine-braking. The RC 8C triple-clamp offset can also be altered with both the bars and pegs can be adjusted. 

Braking is done with a top-of-the-line Brembo Stylema 4-piston radial-mounted callipers regulated via a Brembo 19RCS Corsa Corta master cylinder. 

Other notable features include forged alloy Dymags wheels with Pirelli Diablo SC1 slick and GP shift with quickshifter function.

Yamaha has unveiled a new track-only R1 GYTR motorcycle.

  • The Japanese marquee recently filed a new trademark filing for the R1. 
  • The latest generation R1 is ineligible for the road but we could see a road legal version soon, likely at the EICMA show in November.

That said, what’s new about the track-only R1? 

Firstly, like the previous track-oriented R1, it is developed by Genuine Yamaha Technologies Racing (GYTR).  GYTR also responsible for developing practice bikes for racers.

In addition, GYTR also sponsors GRT Yamaha WorldSBK team and the Yamaha Austria Racing Team (YART) competing in the Endurance World Championship (EWC).

According to Yamaha, the R1 GYTR features track-ready components including:

  • Akrapovic Race muffler and mid-pipe system
  • AIS plug set
  • Engine cover set
  • Wiring harness
  • PC interface cable
  • GYTR ABS Emulator
  • GYTR On/Off Switch
  • 15/42T 520 sprockets
  • GYTR R-Series 520 racing chain
  • BS R11 tires
  • GYTR Racing Fuel Cap
  • GYTR Stainless Steel Brake Line Set
  • Callipers with GYTR steel piston kit
  • Brembo Z04 brake pads
  • Race handlebars
  • Steering stoppers
  • Shark Fin Rear Sprocket Guard
  • Billet Front Brake Lever Guard
  • Race Rear Set with reverse shifting option
  • Rear stand hooks
  • R-Series Racing Rear Stand
  • Complete Race Cowling Kit in primer white
  • Racing screen
  • GYTR Race seat

Unfortunately, the race-ready R1 GYTR can only be purchased from GYTR Pro Shops. Customers can also personalised the settings with the help of GYTR. 

Also, GYTR will introduce more than 400 components developed specifically for the R1 including race parts currently used on Yamaha’s WorldSBK machine. 

The GYTR Pro range includes:

  • 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 Handle bar switches
  • GYTR PRO Marelli electronics (customised)
  • GYTR PRO Airducts for brake calipers
  • GYTR PRO Brake lines
  • GYTR PRO Brembo wheel adaptors
  • GYTR PRO Clutch
  • GYTR PRO Side steering damper with bracket and clamp
  • GYTR PRO MB radiator
  • GYTR PRO Akrapovic system
  • GYTR PRO Brake lever protector

According to Yamaha, the entire GYTR Pro range will be announced by the end of the year. 

The legendary Spa-Francorchamps racing circuit in Belgium is finally getting a much-needed renovation ahead of the planned return of two-wheel racing in 2022.

Crews already began the extensive work of the circuit at the end of last year as preparation for the 2022 Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme Endurance World Championship (or FIM EWC) scheduled to take place on June 2, 2022.

Spa CEO Natalie Maillet oversaw an intention to renovate the track back in 2019, but her tragic death at the hands of her husband jeopardized the plan.

However, Maillet’s dream to modernize Spa-Francorchamps is now back on track (no pun intended) which will cost around EUR25 million (RM115mil).

The main criteria of the renovations are to upgrade the condition of the facilities and increase the safety aspect of the surrounding area.

Careful analysis of how and why racers have crashed, including meeting the circuit certification requirements from FIM and FIA, is extensively considered during the renovations.

The upgrades also include a state-of-the-art medical facility.

The plan is to prepare the track for the FIM and FIA inspections in April 2022.

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