Yamaha Ends Dirt-Track Program

Yamaha has ended its R1DT dirt-track program. (Yamaha Photo)

CONCORD, N.C. — Yamaha Motor Corp. officials have decided not to continue the R1DT dirt-track project that the company launched in the fall of 2017.

The R1DT concept featured a tube chassis, purpose-built race car powered by a fuel-injected inline four-cylinder engine from Yamaha’s R1S production motorcycle. The car was designed to be low maintenance, low cost to the racer with vehicles purchased at Yamaha outlets and transported directly to the race track.

The car was seen as a valuable training tool for up and coming drivers and an affordable and fun racing machine for more experienced drivers.

“The Yamaha R1DT prototype project was an exciting and educational project that allowed us to learn a lot about the dirt track industry, racers, fans and industry partners,” read the Yamaha statement. “Yamaha is proud to have participated in this space even if only for a short time during this project, and we want to sincerely thank all of the partners, vendors, test drivers, fans and friends that we made along the way. While we’re not able to continue to move the R1DT project forward at this time, we have a huge appreciation for the sport of dirt track racing and everyone who loves and lives it. Thanks to everyone who was involved.”

After being launched in Sept. 2017, the program saw an exhibition race that November at Perris Auto Speedway.