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What We Ain’t Getting: Yamaha Race-Blu Livery for R1, R6 and R125

Thu, 13 Sep 2012

We reported earlier today Yamaha Motor USA unveiled new colors and graphics for its 2013 YZF-R1 and YZF-R6. Mechanically unchanged from last year’s models, Yamaha‘s two sportbikes each get three color options including a “Team Yamaha” blue and white model.

What Yamaha isn’t offering to its U.S. customers is a new “Race-Blu” livery, introduced today at Misano for the upcoming MotoGP round. Yamaha factory racers Jorge Lorenzo and Ben Spies will race this weekend wearing the Race-Blu livery on their leathers and on their YZR-M1 racebikes.

The Aldo Drudi-designed two-tone blue and matte gray color will also be offered on European versions of the R1, the R6 and the entry-level YZF-R125. These three models are just the beginning however. Yamaha says the Race-Blu series will be an integral part of Yamaha’s lineup for future model years as well.

We’re not sure which version we prefer, the Team Yamaha colors offered for the U.S. or the Race-Blu color for Europe. Those matching blue wheels on the Race-Blu version sure do look spiffy though.

What do you think, readers?

[Source: Yamaha]

By Dennis Chung

See also: Yamaha YZF-R1 Returns for 2013 with New Colors, 2013 Yamaha YZF-R6 Color and Graphic Options Announced, 2013 Star V-Star 1300 Deluxe Unveiled.