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2021 Yamaha YZF-R3 Monster Energy MotoGP Edition launched

Written by Nizam Shaikh

Yamaha has introduced the 2021 ‘Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Edition YZF-R3’ in the international market priced at USD 5,599 (MSRP) and the special edition motorcycle will be available from September 2020. To put things into perspective, the standard 2021 Yamaha YZF-R3 is priced at USD 5,299 (MSRP) making the special edition motorcycle USD 300 more expensive than the standard. Apart from the race-livery, the Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Edition remains mechanically unchanged.

The 2021 Yamaha YZF-R3 Monster Energy MotoGP Edition draws its design inspiration from the MotoGP YZR-M1 raced by Valentino Rossi and Maverick Viñales featuring an aggressive race livery along with the flowing bodywork and ergonomics from the MotoGP race bike. The Monster Energy inspired colours and graphics in Black, Blue and Green with Monster Energy and ENEOS badging make the YZF-R3 appear more aggressive similar to the track machine. 

The 2021 Yamaha YZF-R3 features twin split LED headlights, a central air duct that maximises cooling performance for the engine, bubble style windscreen, low-profile fuel tank design coupled with compact handlebar positioning, an aerodynamic fairing, side slung exhaust, sleek LED taillamps and a fully digital multi-function instrumentation console that shows information such as gear position, fuel capacity, real-time and average fuel economy, water temp, clock etc. 

The 2021 Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Edition YZF-R3 is powered by a 321cc liquid-cooled, inline twin-cylinder 8 valves DOHC fuel-injected engine with a 180-degree crank design and integrated counter balancer, Yamaha’s unique DiASil, a high-silicon aluminium alloy-engine block, Forged aluminium pistons, a mass centralised short muffler matched to a 6-speed gearbox tuned to carve canyons as well as racetrack straightaways. 

The 2021 Yamaha YZF-R3 Monster Energy MotoGP Edition comes with a balanced chassis rigidity and a near 50/50 weight balance, for a wide range of road conditions, The YFZ-R3 features upside-down telescopic front fork suspension with optimized spring and damping settings, a centrally-mounted Monocross single-shock design with adjustable preload and 17-inch 10-spoke cast aluminium alloy wheels shod in 110/70 front and 140/70 rear Dunlop Sportmax GPR-300 tyres. The stopping power comes from 298mm single hydraulic disc brake on the front and a 220mm single hydraulic disc on the rear equipped with an Antilock Braking System (ABS) as standard.

A few weeks ago, Yamaha also introduced the brand’s flagship litre-class supersport motorcycle the Yamaha YZF-R1 in the new Petronas SRT Yamaha race livery. The brand has announced that only 46 examples of the Petronas SRT Yamaha YZF-R1 will be made and the motorcycle will be sold at EUR 46,000 a piece, commemorating Petronas’ 46th anniversary.