The Bike

Yamaha YZF-R6 WorldSSP Bike

2017’s new-to-the-market YZF-R6 has been completely restyled by Yamaha giving the 600cc Supersport World Championship bike a radical new look to match its racing ambitions. The new design is clearly inspired by the latest generation MotoGP and WorldSBK models - the M1-type central forced air intake, recessed LED twin headlights and new YZF-R1 style tail just being three examples - giving the bike an intense look that's instantly recognizable as being a member of the R-series family, while its own unique character still shines through. The WorldSSP Championship's regulations allow only very subtle alterations to the consumer bike's cylinder head, gearbox, rear shock, front fork, electronic system and brake disks creating a close symmetry between track and road, and a greater appreciation between racer and fan.

Having won the FIM Supersport World Championship three times in the last seven years (2009-Cal Crutchlow, 2011-Chaz Davies, 2013-Sam Lowes), the YZF-R6 has already proved it's top of the line, but that hasn't stopped Yamaha from taking it one step further with the newest model. The 2017 season is well underway and the team have seen incredible results with the new bike with five podiums for Lucas Mahias including a win in Aragon, with teammate Sheridan Morais taking second. The exceptional form so far sees Lucas Mahias leading the Rider Championship with Yamaha well in front in the Manufacturer Championship.

Main titles
2013 Sam Lowes: World Champion
2011 Chaz Davies: World Champion
2009 Cal Crutchlow: World Champion
2000 Jörg Teuchert: World Champion
Yamaha YZF-R6 WorldSSP

Technical Specifications


  • Model:
  • YZF-R6
  • Engine Type:
  • Liquid-cooled, 4-stroke, DOHC, forward-inclined parallel 4-cylinder, 4-valves
  • Displacement:
  • 599cc
  • Bore x stroke:
  • 67.0 mm x 42.5 mm
  • Compression ratio:
  • 13.1 : 1
  • Exhaust system:
  • Akrapovic Evo full Titanium
  • Lubrication system:
  • Wet sump
  • Clutch type:
  • Wet, Multiple Disc
  • Fuel system:
  • Fuel Injection
  • Starter system:
  • Electric
  • Transmission system:
  • Constant Mesh, 6-speed
  • Final transmission:
  • DID 520 ERV4 Chain


  • Frame:
  • Aluminium Deltabox
  • Front suspension system:
  • Telescopic forks, Ø 43 mm + Ohlins Cartridge kit
  • Front travel:
  • 120 mm
  • Caster angle:
  • 24o
  • Trail:
  • 97 mm
  • Rear suspension system:
  • Swingarm, (link suspension)
  • Rear travel:
  • 120 mm
  • Front brake:
  • Hydraulic dual Brembo T-drive disc, Ø 320 mm
  • Rear brake:
  • Hydraulic single Brembo disc, Ø 220 mm
  • Front tyre:
  • Pirelli Diablo 120/70 ZR17M/C
  • Rear tyre:
  • Pirelli Diablo 180/55 ZR17M/C


  • Overall length:
  • 2,040 mm
  • Overall width:
  • 695 mm
  • Overall height:
  • 1,150 mm
  • Seat height:
  • 850 mm
  • Wheel base:
  • 1,375 mm
  • Minimum ground clearance:
  • 130 mm
  • Weight:
  • 161 kg
  • Fuel tank capacity:
  • 17 litres
  • Oil tank capacity:
  • 3.4 litres