Yamaha YZF- R6 devours the competition in 2006

Yamaha YZF- R6 devours the competition in 2006

With a perfect pole and win record in 2006, Yamaha’s title-winning YZF-R6 has certainly been the motorcycle to beat in this year’s Australian Supersport Championship.

In the hands of Yamaha’s factory Supersport trio – Jamie Stauffer, Mark Aitchison and Jason O’Halloran – as well as privateer Jeremy Crowe, the R6 has taken 7 from 7 pole positions and 14 from 14 race wins.

At the conclusion of the 2006 Championship, there were 6 R6 machines in the top 10, and Yamaha took honours in the manufacturers standings by a phenomenal 974 points!

Yamaha Motor Australia Motorsport Manager, Cheryl Muldoon, said the racing success of the R6 was a testament to both the ability of the riders and teams as well as the manufacturer to develop such a potent track weapon.

“We were confident that the R6 would be a significant player in the 2006 Supersport Championship, but its level of success has simply been staggering,” said Muldoon.

“Yamaha has clearly created a machine that is perfect on the racetrack, with the factory riders battling amongst themselves round after round for the win, not to mention the top efforts of our leading privateers.”

“We look forward to this dominance continuing in 2007 and encourage Supersport and Superstock racers to choose the tried and tested Yamaha R6 when they compete.”

This year’s Supersport champion Jamie Stauffer, who also added the Superbike title to his 2006 haul, put so much ground on rival competitors aboard his R6 that he managed to secure the championship with a round still remaining.

He described Yamaha’s front-running Supersport machine as a dream to ride, and said setup on race weekend was an easy process, with the bike reacting positively to any adjustments.

“The R6 was a weapon straight out of the box, it took little time to setup and just got better and better at each round,” said Stauffer.

“The fact that it was a Yamaha fighting for every race win really says something about the way the manufacturer builds their bikes, the R6 really does rule the racetrack.”

Such is the success of the R6 on the track, that Yamaha will continue to campaign the current model in next year’s Australian Supersport Championship, with teams and riders looking forward to another stellar year.

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