Yamaha trademarks suggest YZF-R9 and YZF-R2 models

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For more than two decades, Yamaha's 600 supersport YZF-R6 defined the segment. The R6 was eventually put to rest in November, 2020 by Team Blue due to slumping sales and soaring production costs. The move was initially criticized, but Yamaha quickly rebounded with the 2022 YZF-R7 in May, 2021.


In exchange for the MT-07's CP2 parallel-twin replacing the R6's 599cc inline-four, Iwata sacrificed peak power, but it reduced the MSRP by $3,200. It was fortunate that pre-orders for the middleweight sportbike sold out quickly and critical acclaim followed shortly thereafter. As well as validated Yamaha's new approach to sportbikes, the R7 served as the foundation for the next generation of YZF-R machines.


Astute bLU cRU fans asked for the YZF-R9 to come fitted with the MT-09's triple CP3 ever since the R7 broke cover. Iwata has been tight-lipped about the model but trademark filings suggest the firm is developing a R9 and R2 platform. There are currently three models in Yamaha's range: the YZF-R3, YZF-R7, and YZF-R1. R2 could serve as an entry point into the lineup while the R9 could bridge the gap between the mild R7 and the wild R1.


Trademark filings do not always correspond with production models, but the R9 is in high demand, and the CP3 mill is readily available. The R2 doesn't seem as probable under these criteria, however. Yamaha will have to develop an entirely new Euro 5-compliant 321cc parallel-twin engine for the featherweight unless it reduces the bore of the YZF-R3.


Iwata has only filed R2 and R9 trademark applications in Europe, South America, and Oceania so far. It's highly unlikely Yamaha will include the R2 in the U.S. trademarks yet because the North American market is so large. We hope that Yamaha will announce soon what it will be adding to its sportbike lineup at EICMA 2021.


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Sources: Motorcycle, EUIPO, Yamaha

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