The 2015 YZF-R1 & R1M blur the lines between production Superbikes and Factory MotoGP race machines.
Initial sketches of the 2015 YZF-R1 during development.
Clay moulding, from concept to reality.
Valentino Rossi was an integral part of the R1 development.

All-new YZF-R1 Launched in Sydney

27 Feb 2015

Dear Yamaha enthusiast,

This week saw the Global Press Launch of the all-new YZF-R1 take place in Australasia at Sydney Motorsport Park, attracting well over 100 journalists from all corners of the globe – including New Zealand.

Developed for the racetrack and blurring the lines between MotoGP and production superbikes, the new YZF-R1 features a cutting-edge electronics package, along with a brand new chassis and engine, to redefine the possibilities in the litre-plus category. It’s the kind of technology designed to work seamlessly, to make going faster, easier than you ever imagined.

Yamaha Motor Corporation’s 2015 YZF-R1 Engineering Team threw away the mould when designing the new R1; using the legendary YZR-M1 as a starting point. They then used feedback from the likes of four-times AMA Superbike Champion, Josh Hayes, and nine-times MotoGP Champion, Valentino Rossi, in order to develop the latest and most advanced Yamaha superbike yet.

In fact it was Rossi’s own words recorded during testing that sum up what International Press have only just experienced firsthand, “the R1 is just like my race bike, but with lights and a number plate!”

As we gear up to release the 2015 R1 at the end of March, we invite you to access exclusive content to understand what makes this new R1 so special and to become a part of the #we_R1 experience.

In order to receive this unique insight into the development of the new R1 with feedback from journalists, engineers, project development staff and racers, please register your details here.

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Yours in supersport,

Yamaha Motor New Zealand


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