Yamaha has revealed a stunning new supersports machine designed to dominate the race track.
The covers were removed on the all new YZF-R1 in Milan in front of 300 special guests just before the EICMA show. The new motorcycle represents a change in direction for Yamaha supersports machines.
Previous R1s were aimed to be the best on the twisties - or real roads. The new model draws heavily from its M1 MotoGP cousin and is purpose built to be the best track bike.
MotoGP riders Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo were on hand to introduce the new model - along with its special 'M' version - with Yamaha Motor Corporation President Mr Yanagi. Rossi was the first person to test the prototype R1 and told revealed that the goal was to make the bike as much like his YZR-M1 as possible.
"It is just like my M1 but with wing mirrors and a numberplate," explained the MotoGP legend who leant over the new model to kiss it, sending the crown into rapturous applause.
Research shows that the supersports category is becoming more segregated and defined, with many customers opting to ride a specifically designed road bike on the road and a track bike on race circuits.
The sales success of Yamaha's MT range indicates that many road riders are happy to ride a dedicated street based machine. But that leaves the equally dedicated track day riders still demanding a high quality, high performance motorcycle.