Yamaha building Japanese test track

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Yamaha is building an impressive new test facility, while other manufacturers sell their test tracks.
Yamaha is building an impressive new test facility, while other manufacturers sell their test tracks.

In a time when test tracks are going up for sale, Yamaha is building a new test facility in Japan.

The Kikugawa Test Course was originally supposed to be started in 2009 and completed by next fall, but the recession dealt that plan a blow. Now, construction should start soon, but with a reduced budget.

The track will cover 121 acres and feature a 1.18-mile closed course, a little shorter than the originally-planned 1.86-mile course. Yamaha doesn’t just plan on testing crotch rockets at the facility; they hope to evaluate small-displacement bikes intended for developing markets, so it’s not just a flat race grid. It features dusty and hilly sections, for an added real-world testing environment.

This will be Yamaha’s largest test track in terms of area; they also have four other test tracks as well, all located in Japan.

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