Japanese two-wheeler manufacturer Yamaha is preparing for the FIM World Supersport Championship, which means once again a factory team in the 600cc class. The company plans to do it with the 2017 Yamaha YZF-R6.
At yesterday's EICMA show, Yamaha showcased the motorcycle that factory rider Lucas Mahias and Federico Caricasulo, and factory-supported riders Niki Tuuli and Sheridan Morais, will be using in the 2017 World Supersport championship.
The rules and regulations of the FIM won't allow Yamaha to do so much modification to its YZF-R6. The motorcycle showed here is a dressed-up production unit and the actual race machine will have some minute tweaks.
The R6 in the pictures shown here has a set of race fairings, an Akrapovič Evo full titanium exhaust, 320mm Brembo T-drive front disc brakes, 43mm forks with Öhlins cartridges and Pirelli Diablo DOT race tires.
The 2017 production model was launched at AIMExpo in Orlando, Florida. The heavily updated production YZF-R6 is equipped with a new 43mm KYB fork and 25mm axle, which Yamaha claims are for better-planted feel under braking and turning into a corner.
The chassis is borrowed from the outgoing model, with the same geometry. Other features which customers can use include a six-level traction control system (plus off), as well as Yamaha's D-mode system with three selectable modes - Standard, A, and B.
The engine is the same 599cc inline-four with a 13.1:1 compression ratio and sixteen valves. It is expected to deliver 100bhp at the rear wheel like the outgoing model.
With Yamaha bringing the factory team to WSS, the competition will be tight. Now, Kawasaki is dominating the 600cc class with Kenan Sofuoglu.