Yamaha FZ6 Cup back for 2008
Yamaha Motor Australia is pleased to announce its continued support for the successful FZ6 Cup road race class for 2008. The FZ6 Cup is a one model race class that is run as part of the Australian Superbike Series
Yamaha Motor Australia is pleased to announce its continued support for the successful FZ6 Cup road race class for 2008.
The FZ6 Cup is a one model race class that is run as part of the Australian Superbike Series. This exciting race category debuted in 2007 and proved itself a successful entry level race series that pits riders against each other on very similar, production based machinery. For the 2008 season there will be two FZ6 Cup classes, with A and B grade riders forming one division and C and D grade rider a second tier.
Once again, the racing is expected to be fast and furious, with riders on near identical machinery swapping paint for podium places. The winner of A/B class will walk away with a brand new road equipped FZ6N and the winner of C/D class will score a free TT-R250. “Sporting a fuel injected R6 based engine and sweet handling aluminium chassis, the 600cc FZ6N is the perfect platform for riders wanting to test their skills against others on a level playing field. The FZ6 Cup is designed not only to attract new riders into road racing, but also to lure lapsed riders back into a low cost, equal footing challenge,” explains YMA Director/General Manager Steven Cotterell.
ASC race promoter Terry O’Neill adds: “Yamaha has been a huge supporter of the Australian motorcycle racing scene over the years from the early days of Formula Xtreme right through to the Australian Superbike Championship today. The FZ6 Cup highlights the passion and commitment Yamaha has for this great sport of road racing by recognising and supporting the original concept I put forward for a cost effective level playing field one make class. “The FZ6 Cup is that class and it will continue with the right support to go from strength to strength in years to come. It’s not just riders who appreciate going head to head on lightly modified production based machinery, the spectators also enjoy the enthusiasm that these guys bring to the line.
“The first year of the FZ6 Cup in 2007 provided some of the most thrilling races at the ASC, with Josh Houwen emerging as one of Australia’s hottest race prospects. There was also plenty of biff and barge all the way down the field, especially from the unofficial ‘Journo Cup’ as some of our top motorcycle scribes went bar to bar to see who is the fastest on the track. We expect the FZ6 Cup to once again prove to be one of the most popular draw cards at the ASC in 2008,” ASC race promoter Terry O’Neill added.
Customers wishing to compete in the FZ6 Cup can purchase a fully kitted FZ6N race bike for the heavily subsidised price of $11,999 inc GST. For this you get a 2008 model FZ6N – with all road going equipment supplied – but fitted out for the racetrack with the following items (same as 2007 race bikes unless ‘NEW’ stated):
* Removal of road going equipment (supplied to customer
* Fitment of a custom made fairing (similar to early FZ1) and custom single seat made by Racers Edge.
* GYTR alloy body race muffler and lead-in pipe.
* GYTR braided steel front brake hose set
* NEW GYTR crash knob set
* NEW Carbon Kevlar case protectors and Zap Racing chainguard
* Öhlins racing rear shock absorber with NEW ride height adjustment
* Öhlins steering damper
* Öhlins front fork springs with NEW modified internals to improve damping
* ValterMoto rear sets
* ValterMoto clip ons
The standard model FZ6N retails for $10,499 inc GST and the FZ6 Cup components above cost in excess of $6000 RRP with labour. Model colour options are Black, Silver or White. The customer will be required to purchase Dunlop control tyres as per details below. A second option is for customers to purchase the above race kit separately for the discounted price of $1500.
In either case, the customer will need to supply proof of a series entry from the Australian Superbike Championship (AUSCO) available at http://www.aus-superbikes.com.au/ Once you have an entry in the FZ6 Cup, you can purchase your race bike or kit by either contacting Cheryl Muldoon on (02) 9757 0078 or visiting your local Yamaha dealer and ask about the FZ6 Cup race deal. But act quickly because supply of units will be limited. Customers wishing to purchase race bikes using quick and easy Yamaha Motor Finance will be able to access a low rate of 9.95% with a 24 month term. An application fee of $295 applies along with fire and theft insurance. This offer would equate to repayments of $576 per month for a fully kitted FZ6 Cup bike.
What’s the deal with tyres? ASC rules state that a Dunlop treaded control tyre is required that can be purchased by competitors for the listed price of: 120/70 ZR17 (58W) Front tyre $190.00 180/55ZR17 (73W) Rear tyre $250.00 Plus all series entries in the FZ6 Cup will be required to purchase one set (only) of Dunlop wet racing tyres for the season so that riders are prepared for a wet meeting should it occur. Once these tyres are used up then any brand of wet weather tyre can be used should a race meeting be declared wet by the series Clerk of Course. The price for the single set of Dunlop wets is $640 inc GST per set and the tyres will need to be purchased before the first round.
The final entry fee structure for the series has not been finalised but will be the same as the 2008 ASC Series Sup Regs for all major solo support classes. YMA will also offer technical advice to riders in this class at selected rounds. Here are the 2008 rounds of the ASC where you can race or witness the FZ6 Cup:
Rnd 1 14-16 March Eastern Creek NSW
Rnd 2 18-20 April Mallala SA
Rnd 3 30 May – 1 June Winton VIC
Rnd 4/5 10-13 July Queensland QLD
Rnd 6 29-31 August Symmons Plains TAS
Rnd 7 17-19 October Eastern Creek NSW