Yamaha Italy has announced a new race series for 14 to 18-year-olds with no prior racing experience. The Yamaha YZF-R125 Cup will use race-kitted bikes complete with a 180cc bore, race plastics and an exhaust. We're as impressed with the transformative effect those modifications have had on the littlest R as we are with Yamaha Italy's commitment to grass roots racing.
The subtraction of the plate hanger and blank headlights lend the
previously gangly bike svelte new looks. It's a shame the 2009 Yamaha R1 doesn't look more like this.
Entrants to the series will be given race lessons and subsidized
motorcycle purchases, while the winner will be given a ride in the
Italian Superstock 600 series.