Tuesday, February 8, 2011


“After we had launched the fourth generation of the YZF-R6 in 2006, I was often asked, what would be next.” Takeshi Higuchi, responsible for Product Planning in Europe smiles as he continues: ”The R6 can be used on the racetrack for competition without modifications. Most of the technical solutions we used come straight from our competition bikes.”
Standing beside the new 2008 YZF-R6, which was just delivered by airfreight from the factory in Japan to the Yamaha headquarters in Amsterdam, Higuchi rests his elbow on the machines fuel tank and shares his experience: ”There is never an end to development. The super sport segment is extremely competitive and it is one of Yamaha’s domains. Just like Valentino Rossi’s YZF-M1 is improved all the time; we will also improve our R-series as soon as we have gained new knowledge from racing


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