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New Yamaha R1 unveiled in Las Vegas

Each of the four Yamaha MotoGP riders took part in the global unveiling of the all-new Yamaha R1 this week in big glittery show in Las Vegas, Nevada. Fiat Yamaha Team riders Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo, plus Tech 3 Yamaha team-mates Colin Edwards and James Toseland were surprise guests at the unveiling. It took place in front of 3,000 Yamaha US dealers at the famous Mirage Hotel.

The all-new version of the R1, Yamaha's premium performance road bike, is more closely linked than ever to the YZR-M1 on which the four riders compete in the MotoGP championship. The riders each came on stage aboard a different colour version of the machine, before being interviewed about it in relation to their own MotoGP bikes.

Yamaha is indicating some pretty impressive numbers for the new R1 on their site to back up the claims of M1 like technology:

"Pushing out 182 PS at 12,500 rpm with 115.5 Nm of torque at 10,000 rpm, this MotoGP-inspired engine is without a doubt the most technologically advanced powerplant ever seen on a Yamaha supersport bike."

Here's some quotes from the MotoGP guys:

Valentino Rossi:

"This is a great bike, it's very like my M1 and it's exciting to see so many MotoGP qualities now appearing on a bike for the road. I think everyone who loves the R1 and Yamaha will be very excited about this new version, it's fantastic!"

Jorge Lorenzo:

"I think this bike will be very popular. Yamaha have worked very hard to try to make it as like our M1 as possible and it seems they have done a fantastic job. The cornering and agility especially is great, which is of course one of the best qualities of the M1."

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