Yamaha has unveiled a race-livery version of the 2019 YZF-R125 that matches the Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP bikes ridden by Valentino Rossi and Maverick Viñales.

The YZF-R125 Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Edition is expected to hit showrooms by the end of May 2019 priced at £4699, which is £200 more than the standard model.

Ever since Yamaha launched their R-series styled entry-level sportsbike a decade ago it’s loitered menacingly at the top of the sales charts, and at McDonald’s drive-throughs.

What has made it so popular is its highly successful blend of sharp big brother-aping style, roomy proportions that flatter the ever-expanding size of an average human, great handling and the best engine performance you can expect from a simplistic 125cc road bike.

An Evolution

But when you look at the 2019 Yamaha YZF-R125 it is clear that it has evolved, and it looks utterly stunning. It might even be gorgeous enough to tempt fidgety 17-year-olds out of their shonky Fiestas and on to two wheels in 2019.

This isn’t just a facelift and tummy tuck, though. Beneath those sharp but sinuous fairings is an all-new liquid-cooled 125cc 4-valve single that also now boasts Variable Valve Actuation (VVA), which optimises the inlet and outlet valve positions to improve the engine’s power and torque characteristics across the whole rev range.

In essence, it’s filling in the midrange without hurting its top-end delivery, meaning a bit more poke when you need it, without having to permanently flirt with the redline.

The 4-valve head is also all-new with larger and shorter valves and a squatter combustion chamber, which Yamaha say delivers a more efficient burn – generating more bang from less fuel.

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