WSS: Yamaha confirm 2017 R6 Supersport attack

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Yamaha have announced that they will field two factory-backed teams in the World Supersport Championship next year after unveiling a race-spec version of the all new YZF-R6 at EICMA in Milan.

Lucas Mahias and Federico Caricasulo will line up for the Japanese marque’s official line-up, run by the GRT team while South African Sheridan Morias will join this year’s Finnish wildcard sensation Niki Tuuli in the Kallio Racing squad.

Having won the series with Cal Crutchlow, Chaz Davies and Sam Lowes, Yamaha will be looking to put a stop to the dominant run of Kawasaki’s Kenan Sofuoglu as they return to the series in an official capacity next year.


The move marks their commitment to the 600cc series, which many feared would be on its way out when Honda announced they would stop producing the CBR600RR. Other manufacturers were expected to follow suit, so Yamaha’s move to introduce a brand new R6 is certainly bold. Could this be the saviour of 600cc racing? 

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Oli Rushby

By Oli Rushby

Former sports reporter covering British Superbikes, World Superbikes and road racing