Get Excited: Yamaha drops two new 2022 R6 variants

 Get Excited: Yamaha drops two new 2022 R6 variants

However, even though it is relatively easy to move on and forget about the missing middleweight sportbike in Yamaha’s lineup, that doesn’t appear to be the case. 

Though it has been a year since we were last introduced to the concept. We are back today to find out what had made progress on the successor for Yamaha’s supersport model: the YZF-R6. 

And though not necessarily classed as a supersport.Yamaha’s R6 has seen itself become the preferred choice of riders looking to race.

While the new R7 was garnering the most attention.Yamaha quietly released a pair of new track-only race homologation machines bearing the venerable R6 nameplate.

But, have no fear because Yamaha has not forgotten about us speed junkies. That’s right. The company has announced the release of a new track-only race-ready version of its current range-topping YZF-R6 for the year 2022.

It makes sense Yamaha would offer a race-only version of its best-selling 600cc sportbike.That was launched in 1999 and is currently in its ninth generation. As earlier generations were from.

Longest version stayed was from 2010-2016 wherein Yamaha subsidized the power and torque from 94.9 kW (127.3 bhp) and 58.7 N⋅m (43.3 lb⋅ft) for earlier 2008-2009 iteration to 91.0 kW (122.0 bhp) and 57.5 N⋅m (42.4 lb⋅ft) for 2010-2016 iteration.

  1. 1999-2000
  2. 2001–2002
  3. 2003–2004
  4. 2005
  5. 2006–2007
  6. 2008–2009
  7. 2010–2016
  8. 2017-2020 and
  9. 2020-2022

More surprising, however, is the release of a GYTR edition of the R6. A name that has been firmly associated with the legendary R1. 

Featuring a styling kit from Yamaha’s Urban Moto department, this version appears to be aimed at urban riders, including upgraded suspension components from the R6 Race.

The new 2022 R6 RACE 

The bike features an aggressive design with an unmistakable M-shaped front air intake. 

Inspired by the M1, the official MotoGP® bike, this shell offers maximum aerodynamic efficiency to reduce lap times while the chassis compact Deltabox.

The sculpted aluminium fuel tank and the slim magnesium subframe allow you to hold a position more adherent to the bike in the straights.


Available in Tech Black, the R6 RACE with its basic design is the perfect bike for everyone. From riders who like to spend a day on the track to the most hungry for success who want to make a name for themselves with their first big win. 

With so many WorldSSP titles under its belt. The lightweight 599cc inline four-cylinder engine proved to be the fastest in the industry. 

In addition, thanks to the Yamaha Chip-Controlled Intake (YCC-I) and Yamaha Chip Controlled-Throttle (YCC-T) systems and the presence of the slipper clutch. 


With the 6-speed transmission and with close ratios and the electronic gearbox (QSS), the R6 RACE is ready to race on the track offering the highest level of controllability on all circuits.

  • Competition ready specs
  • Lightweight, high-performance 599cc engine
  • Aerodynamic shell designed for racing
  • Sophisticated electronic control systems
  • High-quality specification R1 type front forks
  • Ergonomics born of racing
  • Compact Deltabox frame and light magnesium subframe
  • Class-leading R1 type front brakes
  • Lightweight aluminium tank

2022 YZF-R6 GYTR

While a fully kitted out closed-course competition bike designed to continue the Yamaha YZF-R6’s long tradition of dominance on the racetrack. 

As a demonstration of Yamaha’s unmatched commitment to motorsports competition, the 2022 Yamaha YZF-R6 GYTR will be available for a limited time, providing a select group of dedicated racers and track-day enthusiasts the rare opportunity to own the ultimate, no-compromise Yamaha supersport. 


These race-spec machines will be custom-order and feature a host of premium, competition-tested GYTR, Genuine Yamaha and aftermarket parts.


  • Akrapovic Full Race System
  • AIS plug set
  • Quick shifter (up)


  • Wiring harness
  • PC interface cable
  • GYTR ABS Emulator

Drive System

  • 15/46T 520 sprockets
  • R-Series GYTR 520 racing chain
  • Front sprocket lock nut


  • GYTR Racing Fuel Cap
  • YZF-R6 GYTR Stainless Steel Brake Line Set
  • GYTR YZF-R6 On/Off Switch
  • Shark Fin Rear Sprocket Guard
  • Billet Front Brake Lever Guard
  • YZF-R6 Race Rear Sets
  • Reverse shifting kit
  • Rear stand hooks
  • R-Series Racing Rear Stand


  • Complete Race Cowling Kit in primer white
  • GYTR YZF-R6 race seat

Available April 2022 – MSRP: $18,399

via Yamaha

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