McAMS Yamaha are putting the finishing touches to their 2020 Bennetts British Superbike pre-season test bikes after finding the new R1 produces a significant amount more power over the 2019 version.
Both Jason O’Halloran and Tarran Mackenzie will get the new model in full Superbike trim for the Monteblanco test at the end of this month and it’s not just the motor which is causing tumescence in the Fleetwood team’s collective undercrackers.
“The new bike is a big step forward. We’ve found some really good gains with the engine, we are getting a lot more power out of the 2020 R1 than we did the old bike and everything seems to point towards this being useable power, but we’ll find out in a few weeks’ time,” said Mackenzie’s crew chief Chris Anderson.
“As well as the engine, there’s also a completely new airbox and air-scoop, but the most exciting thing for us after the engine is our new fairing. We work directly with the Yamaha Racing factory in Italy and the fairings they’ve sent us are an absolute work of art.
“The fairing has been designed to improve aerodynamics and the feedback on this from the World Superbike guys has been really encouraging, so we can’t wait to see how it performs with our guys at Monteblanco and Jerez later this month.
“We’ve also got a number of other things to test. Last year, the World Superbike guys tried a new configuration for the fuel tank and their feedback was really positive. These parts arrived towards the end of last season, but it’s such a major change we didn’t want to do it during a race weekend so we’ll try them for the first time at Monteblanco.”