Yamaha have released a special edition VR46 YZF-R1 at EICMA 2021. Equiped with a heap of special parts to honour one of the greatest riders in MotoGP history... Press Release: Yamaha

To celebrate the legendary MotoGP career of the biggest star to grace the sport, Yamaha has produced a special R1 GYTR VR46 Tribute, designed with unique spec’s, to give to the nine-time world champion for the many successful years spent at the pinnacle of racing…

Yamaha have built Valentino Rossi a special edition VR46 R1. Equiped with a heap of special parts to honour one of the greatest riders in MotoGP history…

Having made his debut 26 years ago, Rossi rose to become the most prominent figure in MotoGP history, producing some of the most mesmerising and memorable performances that influenced and inspired an entirely new generation of motorcycle #racing stars.


Check out our review of the 2020 YZF-R1 here…


To commemorate his illustrious achievements, which included nine world championship titles across the MotoGP, 250cc and 125cc classes, 115 wins, and 235 podiums over 425 race starts, Yamaha have built this unique R1, donning a special livery produced by Aldo Drudi, Valentino Rossi’s long-time helmet designer and friend.



The R1 GYTR VR46 sports upcoming 2022 GYTR spec parts and unique features that are all a direct result of Yamaha’s WorldSBK development, which helped Yamaha achieve the 2021 WorldSBK Triple Crown, culminating in the highest spec R1 GYTR ever produced for track day usage. A special gift that the Tavullia legend will have the opportunity to enjoy at the Misano circuit soon.

“The R1 GYTR VR46 sports upcoming 2022 GYTR spec parts and unique features that are all a direct result of Yamaha’s WorldSBK development.”

A carbon-fibre fairing kit and full carbon rear sub-frame have been produced, with the tank capacity increased to 22L, all designed with weight saving in mind. The Brembo brakes have been developed for incredible stopping power, while the high performance ECU REX 140 Marelli produces world class power delivery. The full list of the special parts coming from WorldSBK Championship winning experience is listed below, and are additional to the GYTR parts such as the Ohlins suspension and GYTR front and rear sprockets.



The R1 GYTR VR46 Tribute was given to Valentino Rossi for the One More Lap event at EICMA 2021, which the Italian star attended for the first time, as Yamaha pay tribute to VR46 and his historic legacy. The R1 GYTR VR46 Tribute was built with carefully selected parts which, among others, include the following:


From the 2022 GYTR catalogue:

  • GYTR Electronic throttle
  • GYTR Slipper Clutch
  • GYTR Head Gasket
  • GYTR Radiator Kit
  • GYTR Air Funnel Set
  • GYTR Handlebar Set
  • GYTR Handlebar Switches
  • GYTR Front Brake Protector
  • GYTR Adjustable Rear Set
  • GYTR Akrapovic Factory Line System
  • GYTR Marchesini Wheel Set


Special parts from WorldSBK development:

  • 22 L Factory Fuel Tank
  • Full Carbon Rear Subframe
  • Underslung Swingarm Assy
  • Adjustable Triple Clamp Kit (Offset adjustable 22.5mm x 27mm)
  • Special Carbon Fiber Fearing and #racing Screen
  • Engine Factory Tuned
  • ECU REX 140 Marelli
  • Wire Harness Dedicated to Marelli REX140 ECU
  • Sensor Kit
  • WorldSBK-spec Air Filter
  • Öhlins Side Steering Damper
  • Öhlins Factory Front Fork
  • Öhlins Factory Pneumatic adjustable rear shock
  • Brembo Front Master Cylinder
  • Brembo Discs Set
  • Brembo Rear Caliper Set
  • Brembo Front Caliper Set
  • Chrome Lite Dashboard with GPS

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