Yamaha Race Team Focus On 4 Stroke Technology
by Scott A. Sumner
The big blue 53 foot transporter parked at the 2008 Amsoil Duluth National Snocross is an imposing site. The huge international company is by far the most financially strong player in the snowmobile business. This year they continue their return to the snocross game with a second well known rider. Joining Steve Taylor is another veteran Canadian racer Ian Hayden.
This year we picked up Ian Hayden as another rider. Ian tested with us last spring and rode very well . He has been working with our training program and is a great guy. With the new race format this year we are looking for longer finals and time so it is more of a test of man and machine. You have to be in shape at the Pro Levels, said Greg Marier. Yamaha Race Team Manager. ISOC are bringing some good ideas and moving the program forward. They have a good series of races, keeping the key cities and adding new venues. John has been a racer and ran successful race organizations in the past.
We are using snocross to prove the function of the Nytro. Working with the 4 stroke and taking on the challenge working with the race team and engineers has gone well. We have really good power and now we are working on the geometry, weight, balance and the overall function of the sled both front and rear. The guys are very confident. The first race of the year will show how we stack up and we are looking foward to running the whole series, said Marier. A lot of our testing is in Wisconsin on typical snowmobile trails. We are working with Fox Shocks with their air tecnology for both racing and the consumers. Also we have Camoplast with tracks. One of the track patterns we are using is also offered to aggressive trail riders. This year we also have a 144 inch track. We really believe that the four stroke is the best engine for snowmobiling. It has great consistent torque, good fuel economy and also no hassle maintenance so you can put on tons of miles with out worrying about your engine. We are working on weight reduction but the sled has to be durable. Satisfying the consumer is what the whole sport is about.