7-6-20 Update: We’ve received some additional information about this bike from a contact at Yamaha Motor USA:
“The frame number, as Ollie stated, is a bogus frame number. I ran it through our global system and its original destination was in a 2004 model bike originally shipped to Italy.
The engine number on the other hand, N510E 0004722, was indeed registered to Jason DiSalvo but it’s origin is from a 2004 model. That doesn’t necessarily mean it wasn’t used in his 2006 season. It just means they built the motor for their 2004-2005 season and continued using it later on. Or it was used as a practice bike. Not really sure. But it does add some validity as to who owned the bike and its authenticity in my opinion.
Thanks for the additional info!
Additional photos of this Yamaha R1 are available here for your perusal.
Unfortunately, the gentleman who sent this bike to us went out of business soon after and we have not been able to get any sort of history about it. With that said, our tech Olly used to work for the Graves Yamaha team at the time and was able to share the following based on his expertise:
Olly is 95% sure it’s a pre-production 2006 Yamaha R1 LE that was provided to Graves for the 2006 Superstock race series. These pre-production bikes did not have VINs, but the AMA requires a chassis number, so they “pulled a number out of their ass” and stamped the frame:
We do not know what happened to the original bodywork, but it’s equipped with a spare set from one of Jason’s 2005 bikes. We do not know if this was Jason’s primary bike or a backup, but in the 2005 Superstock season DiSalvo won the third round (Fontana) and eventually placed second that season, sandwiched between Aaron Yates in 1st and our buddy Steve Rapp in third. Jason has signed the front number plate. In 2006, Jason won the third round (Fontana) and last round (Mid-Ohio), eventually placing third overall after Jamie Hacking and Aaron Yates.
Again, this history is a little unclear on this bike, so if you know anything else about it we ask that you let us know in comments below! Here’s what we know for sure – it runs great, it’d make for a fantastic track toy, and it’s guaranteed to find a new home because it’s listed with no reserve. Good luck!