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The Yamaha YZF-R1 Racks Up Another Design Award

Top honors go to Yamaha for the YZF-R1

This year, Yamaha’s flagship YZF-R1 model won – this time, it received the top honors in the transportation category for the German Design Award competition. This isn’t a major surprise, since Yamaha have won numerous design awards over the past few years, and the R1 has earned the lion’s share of them. However, this marks the first time that Yamaha have even been nominated for the German Design Award, and they took home the trophy on their first outing.


Yamaha’s YZF-R1 Impresses The Judges!

With 4,000 other nominations in the category, it’s a pretty impressive feat. Now, Yamaha can add the title to their trophy cabinet, which can sit alongside the Good Design Award from 2015, the iF Design Award from 2016, and the Red Dot Award for Product Design from earlier on this year. That’s four major international design awards for the R1, and that’s a remarkable feat.

To be nominated for such an award, the German Design Council actively searches for outstanding designs that have already collected global acclaim from formally recognized sources. Once the design has been shortlisted, only then can an application be made to enter the competition. After the application has been made, and a formal nomination announced, a panel of judges deliberates and selects their favorite designs. Beating over 4,000 entries, the YZF-R1 has undoubtedly won the title of the “best of the best.”

According to the Yamaha Motor website: “The market-leading YZF-R1 1,000cc supersport model has been completely redesigned with a new focus primarily on riding on a racetrack. It features a new high-performance engine, electronic control systems employing a six-axis attitude sensor unit and a chassis using magnesium and aluminum parts throughout, all combining to achieve an incredible level of performance. The exterior design has improved aerodynamics and also adds new individuality to the model’s appearance,” and it was exactly those features that saw it take the top honors.

That’s all well and good, but if we cast our minds back to earlier on this year, when theboth took home design awards, we can also remember that barely a month or two later, both models needed to be recalled …Oh yeah, and there was an oil leak problem that could cause the bike to just “catch on fire,” too…So it wasn’t all good for Yamaha in the end…

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