Yamaha YZF-R6 WorldSSP Bike
2017s 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 new 2017 model and this years rider line-up is equally as determined to go the distance.