For 2022, the Yamaha R1, R7 and R3 supersports models will be available in Australia with a retro racing livery that marks 60 years since the bikemaker first entered motorsport competition at the Grand Prix of France in 1961.

While pricing for the special edition YZF-R3 has yet to be locked in, INFO MOTO can now confirm that the YZF-R7 World GP edition will launch in December, priced from $14,599 rideaway in LAMS configuration, while the high-output version commands a $1000 premium at $15,599.

Meanwhile, the litre-class Yamaha YZF-R1 in World GP guise will hit showrooms in January, priced from $29,149.

For reference, the standard R1 is available from $28,149, while the range-topping R1M checks in at $37,049.

Yamaha R1, R3, R7 2022 World GP 60th Anniversary

Dubbed the World GP 60th Anniversary Edition, the 2022 Yamaha YZF-R1, YZF-R7 and YZF-R3 sport the iconic white-and-red ‘Speed Block’ livery – a design that has made its way onto a number of famous racebikes and limited-edition Yamaha models over the last 60 years.

The white/red scheme is primarily modelled after Johnny Cecotto’s 1978 YZR racebike, and sees a yellow race-number plate and gold wheels to complete the package.

In Europe, the retro livery will also be available on the Yamaha R125, however, this small-capacity motorcycle is not available in Australia.

Mechanically, the World GP 60th Anniversary Edition versions are unchanged from the current models, though it is believed that an all-new R3 is expected to debut sometime next year with performance and styling adjustments.

For now, the Yamaha R3 continues with its 321cc twin-cylinder engine generating 31kW and 29.5Nm, while the R7 uses a 54kW/67Nm 689cc unit in non-LAMS trim, while the big-boy of the bunch, the R1, features a 998cc inline four-cylinder engine generating 147kW and 113Nm.

As previously reported, rumours are spreading that Yamaha is to release an all-new R9 supersports model, based on its popular MT-09 naked bike platform, that will sit above the smaller R7 and R3 in its fully faired ‘YZF’ line-up.

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