Yamaha Debuts Experimental Sled

Brett Ratner
by Brett Ratner
Team Yamaha will debut a newexperimental open-class race sled at the WSA National Sno-Cross event inDuluth, Minnesota on November 24-26. Team Yamaha drivers David Brown andYuji Nakazawa will be joined by Norwegian Sno-Cross sensation Paul Groetteas he makes his qualification runs for the upcoming X-Games...

Carrying over styling cues from its class leading R-series Super Sportmotorcycles the new Yamaha race sleds will feature a new hood design withdual headlights and futuristic styling. "The new experimental hood andbelly pan are lightweight and more aerodynamic-better for flying over thecompetition," quipped Johnson.

"We're very excited about what we have to offer this season with our newopen race sled," commented Yamaha's race manager, Chad Johnson. "We willhave a new engine, lighter chassis and radical new race body this year."

For the 2001 season, team blue will be running power-valved SRX basedengines instead of modified SX engines. The new engine benefits fromtechnology that Yamaha has introduced to the industry - Yamaha's variableexhaust system, 3-D ignition, and throttle position sensors.

The SX 700 R based chassis will ride on Yamaha's evolution ofsnocross-specific ProAction suspension featuring lighter weight, increasedadjustability as well as slight changes to the trailing arm and rear skid.

Johnson added, "Our race program continues to be a development and testingground for technology that eventually finds it's way to consumer sleds andwe remain committed to racing. We look forward to lots of great races thisseason."

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