BY THE NUMBERS: Yamaha Motor Racing

Miscellaneous facts gleaned from a recent visit to Yamaha’s racing headquarters in Italy.

Yamaha Motor Racing headquarters in Italy

During last month's EICMA motorcycle show in Italy, a small group of moto scribes had the pleasure of visiting the Yamaha Motor Racing headquarters outside of Milan. Although most of the race team was away at the MotoGP finale in Valencia, Spain, we had the chance to tour the facility and meet with Lin Jarvis, the managing director, and Marco Riva, the general manager. Following our meeting in the Wayne Rainey Board Room ("He's the last great American champion; he's very special to Yamaha," explained Jarvis), we toured the place, admiring the historic bikes in the lobby and even venturing into the hyper-clean engine assembly facility, where, unfortunately, no cameras were allowed. What follows are some of the miscellaneous numbers I managed to jot down during our visit. If nothing else, they point to how big Yamaha is, and just how serious the company is about MotoGP, which it considers a great training ground for engineers.

140: Total companies within the Yamaha Corporation.

63,627: Yamaha employees worldwide.

65.8: Percentage of total 2013 business that came from motorcycles.

Less than 1: Distance, in kilometers, the Yamaha Motor Racing facility is from the famous Lesmo Curve at Monza.

17: Total employees at YMR.

65: Engineers in Japan who work on the Yamaha YZR-M1 MotoGP project.

55: Total Yamaha staff at each MotoGP. That includes 15 engineers and 10 people in hospitality.

8: Total Yamaha trucks that go to each MotoGP. Includes two team trucks, plus an engine-maintenance truck and four hospitality trucks.

Yamaha Motor Racing headquarters engine gallery

800,000: Price in euros, per year, per rider, for the Yamaha engines, frames, and swingarms leased to customers in MotoGP's Open class.

920: Capacity, in cc, of Yamaha's first MotoGP M1 engine.

1,000: Capacity, in cc, of current MotoGP M1 engine.

270: Parameters on MotoGP bike that can be monitored by telemetry during testing.

90: Weight, in kilos, of the billet aluminum block used to create the crankcase of the Yamaha M1 MotoGP engine. (That's 198 lb.)

4.5: Weight, in kilos, of the crankcase after all machining has been completed. (That's 9.9 lb.)

12-15: Total weeks it takes to produce a finished crankshaft for the M1 MotoGP engine.

7: Total heat-treatment processes carried out on each new M1 crankshaft.

45,000: Cost, in euros, of a MotoGP crankshaft 10 years ago. (No price given for 2014)

3.5: Days it takes YMR to assemble an M1 MotoGP engine.

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Lin Jarvis.

Valentino Rossi.

Jorge Lorenzo.