Ahead of Euro-5 regulations coming into force in 2021, rumours are swirling that Yamaha’s looking to completely refresh its YZF-R1 with an updated powerplant and even more MotoGP-derived technology.

Yamaha’s hugely successful YZF-R1 was first unveiled back in 1998 – and over the years the Japanese factories flagship superbike has been updated and evolved to make it more powerful and technologically advanced than the last. And since the latest generation, 200hp track-monster hasn’t seen any changes since 2015, it’s probably time for Yamaha put in some work in advance of the new Euro-5 regulations coming into play.

Rumours suggest that Yamaha is planning to completely redesign its R1 – updating its inline-four-cylinder engine and adding a raft of the latest MotoGP derived technology. What we’ve heard is that the next generation R1 will have a very similar crossplane inline-four engine to the current model, but it’ll come equipped with a range of technical solutions pulled directly from the MotoGP YZR-M1 prototype-racer.

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