The Factory Yamaha team is currently still running without a seamless shift on their gearbox despite rumours they were set to introduce one for their 2013 machine.
The team is currently in Sepang for the second of the official IRTA tests, and it has emerged that they are still running without the part which helped Honda and their RC212V so significantly for the 2011 season.
The rumours started to emerge when world Champion Jorge Lorenzo said that “we have not released the seamless change, nor do we know when we will.” Yamaha as ever remain silent on the subject refusing to comment on whether the part is on their M1.
The part is believed to cost around 600,000 euros according to HRC, but Yamaha are understood to be looking into ways to introduce the part using their single clutch, as the double clutch is prohibited in MotoGP.
With the advancements and testing required for any new part the Yamaha duo look unlikely to be racing with the seamless shifter until at least half way through this 2013 season.