2015-07-26T00:00:00+02:00July 26th, 2015|Suzuka 8 Hours 2015|

GMT94 Yamaha team manager Christophe Guyot analyses the difference between the factory bike and his machine.

The Suzuka 8 Hours race is totally different from the other rounds of the world championship. It has progressed a lot, and today the bikes are much more similar performance-wise. The big difference between the factory teams and the others is in terms of the electronics settings. Just three or four years ago, there were more than six seconds between the official teams and us, and it was pretty demoralizing. Since then the Japanese teams have been asked to adapt the bike setup to world championship specs, so there’s less of a gap. Yamaha have been working for several weeks to provide a top-level bike, with some engineers doing just the electronics. Their machine is a work of art. I really admire them for it. Plus they have highly effective Moto GP riders. The electronics are accessible as far as we’re concerned, but we can’t use them: we don’t have the required setup.”