When R15 was launched two years back, most of the journalists loved it, most of the racers loved it, and most of the wanna-be racers loved it. We all know about the bike’s character, the way it tackles corners, the way its tacho eats up the the ‘X1000’ digits, the way it gives us all the much needed adrenaline rush and the feeling that even we can be Rossis and Lorenzos(of and on our race-tracks, of course). But there was something which the bike couldnt manage. As it had a 150cc unit, the power, although way better than the competetion, couldnt keep it as fast as its BAAP on the track(excuse my language but there isnt any other word to describe a 2-stroke Group C bike). The R15 was faster on corners but on the straights it used to lose every precious second it gained on the corners.
But not anymore. This 150cc superbike(actually the only 150cc superbike we have) manages to set a new lap record for Group B class on the MMRT during the Sidvin FMSCI National Motorcycle Racing championship 2010, round 1. And theres another surprised lined up. The fastest lap was set by Ten10 Racing, a relatively new team but successful one since 2009, the year when it was formed. Sarath Kumar,the young star from Chennai was able to set the record lap time of 2:01.7.
Mr.Joel of Ten10 racing who has developed this engine told us that due to the weather conditions he had to detune the engine otherwise the bike could have gone faster around the Chennai race-track.
He was generous enough to share the specs of this bike, which can be found below.
Bike – Ten10 Racing – Yamaha R15
Rider – Sarath Kumar
comp no – 69
Displacement – 164cc
Engine – Liquid cooled, 4-stroke, single cylinder, SOHC unit
Power – Above 25bhp
Clutch Type – Wet (Direct)
Chassis – Delta Frame, with revised subframe
Front Suspension – telescopic – 33mm
Rear Suspension – Modified link type Mono unit
Front Brake – 300mm floating type disc
Rear Brake – Internal cam operated drum type
Dry weight – 98 kilos
Top speed – Around 145kph
Thanks Joel for the pics and the experience you shared with us. We congratulate you guys and Sarath for the achievement and we hope to see more of this stuff.