Yamaha DT-07 Flat Track Concept

We chat with Yamaha’s race boss, Keith McCarty, about the DT-07, the surprise bike from AIMExpo 2015

At Yamaha's AIMExpo press conference, the company's Derek Brooks said the DT-07 Flat Track Concept—the surprise unveiling of the show—was "our interpretation of what a dirt track bike should look like in 2015." Well, we like what we see; the DT-07 is a stunner that conjures up visions of Kenny Roberts riding the cushion during his flat-track days. If you'd like to learn more about this FZ-07-powered concept, which has a chrome-moly frame and a linked rear shock, read our story: FIRST LOOK: Yamaha DT-07 Flat Track Concept. In the meantime, we caught up with Yamaha's US racing boss, Keith McCarty, and asked him a few questions about the DT-07, which was built by Jeff Palhegyi Design under the direction of McCarty's crew at Yamaha. We think you'll enjoy what McCarty, who was recently inducted into the AMA Hall of Fame, had to say.

Yamaha DT-07 Flat Tracker Concept

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Yamaha DT-07 Flat Tracker Concept at AIMExpo 2015Mark Hoyer
Yamaha DT-07 Flat Tracker Concept

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Yamaha DT-07 Flat Tracker Concept at AIMExpo 2015Mark Hoyer
Yamaha DT-07 Flat Tracker Concept unveiling
Yamaha DT-07 Flat Tracker Concept at AIMExpo 2015Mark Hoyer
Yamaha DT-07 Flat Tracker Concept engine details

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Yamaha DT-07 Flat Tracker Concept at AIMExpo 2015Mark Hoyer
Yamaha DT-07 Flat Tracker Concept rear view

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Yamaha DT-07 Flat Tracker Concept at AIMExpo 2015Mark Hoyer
Yamaha DT-07 Flat Tracker Concept side view

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Yamaha DT-07 Flat Tracker Concept at AIMExpo 2015Mark Hoyer
Yamaha DT-07 Flat Tracker Concept side view

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Yamaha DT-07 Flat Tracker Concept at AIMExpo 2015Mark Hoyer
Yamaha DT-07 Flat Tracker Concept studio side view

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Yamaha DT-07 Flat Tracker ConceptCourtesy of Yamaha
Yamaha DT-07 Flat Tracker Concept studio side view

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Yamaha DT-07 Flat Tracker ConceptCourtesy of Yamaha
Yamaha DT-07 Flat Tracker Concept 3/4 view

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Yamaha DT-07 Flat Tracker ConceptCourtesy of Yamaha
Yamaha DT-07 Flat Tracker Concept 3/4 view

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Yamaha DT-07 Flat Tracker ConceptCourtesy of Yamaha
Yamaha DT-07 Flat Tracker Concept 3/4 view

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Yamaha DT-07 Flat Tracker ConceptCourtesy of Yamaha
Yamaha DT-07 Flat Tracker Concept fuel tank details

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Yamaha DT-07 Flat Tracker ConceptCourtesy of Yamaha
Yamaha DT-07 Flat Tracker Concept exhaust details

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Yamaha DT-07 Flat Tracker ConceptCourtesy of Yamaha