Yamaha R9: Appears prefer it’s coming


There have been ongoing speculations in regards to the launch of a Yamaha R9, with sources from the WorldSBK paddock hinting that it might lastly arrive earlier than the yr’s finish.

Presently, WorldSBK is conducting assessments as they put together for the start of their 2024 season in Phillip Island later this month. Eurosport’s personal Greg Haines was on location and has overheard hypothesis that hints on the potential departure of the Yamaha R6 from the World Supersport Championship after this upcoming season.

Yamaha R9

The 599cc R6 was first launched in WorldSSP again in 2017 and has since been the dominant bike, claiming each title till 2022. Nonetheless, final yr, Nicolo Bulega and the 955cc Ducati Panigale V2 emerged victorious.

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This explicit bike has not been marketed as a highway bike lately – it’s at the moment solely obtainable as a GYTR-kitted observe bike. Whereas which may be acceptable, it isn’t precisely the components for the surefire monetary success {that a} 600cc supersports bike used to ensure. In truth, on the WorldSSP grid of 2024, there are solely two different 600cc bikes current: the Kawasaki ZX-6R and Honda CBR600RR. Whereas each managed to win races final season, it can’t be denied that they weren’t constantly on par with different bikes, together with the R6.

Within the yr 2022, the Supersport class underwent a change with revised guidelines that opened up the chance for larger bikes such because the Panigale V2 talked about earlier to take part. Extra fashions which have seized this chance embody the Triumph Avenue Triple RS 765 and MV Agusta F3 800.

A Yamaha R9 can be essentially the most excessive instance of making the most of the brand new laws, because it contains a cross-plane 890cc three-cylinder engine that may compete with standard 765cc three-cylinders, four-cylinder 600s, an 798cc F3 800 three-cylinder, and the 955cc Panigale twin.

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Nonetheless, that’s what Greg Haines suggests could possibly be the potential actuality of anticipating an R9.

Naturally, an R9 should meet the necessities for inclusion within the production-oriented World Supersport Championship. This entails being produced and bought to most people, indicating that we would see it obtainable at dealerships by early subsequent yr if it have been to take over for the R6 in WSSP swiftly.

Up to now yr, Yamaha secured rights to the names “R9” and “YZF-R9” in varied areas together with Europe, Japan, and India. This additionally included acquiring emblems for different fashions resembling “R2” and “R4”, in addition to these with the prefix “YZF-“.

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