The 2006 Yamaha R6 has arrived at the MCN offices for the first time to great excitement from all the staff.
The crowds rushed outside to get a first glimpse of the new bike in the flesh as it returned from taking on the Kawasaki ZX-6R in the Ardeche valley in France.
Click the links below to see video of the new bike in action on sunny French roads.
MCN Editor Marc Potter was the first to jump on the machine, coming back grinning after a quick blast around the car park.
You can read the full report on the new bike and whether it can measure up to the ZX-6R, our top 600 in 2005, only in the December 21 edition of MCN.
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