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19/11/2015

The EICMA show in Milan was the launchpad for several new Yamahas. In what some may consider a brave move, Yamaha launched the new naked MT-10 and the retro XSR900 by having recently-crowned MotoGP World Champion and team-mate Valentino Rossi share a stage.

The MT-10 is a logical addition to the Yamaha range, but had not been anticipated for the show, with little information being leaked by the factory beforehand. It uses a retuned version of the 998cc engine from the 2015 R1 as well as the chassis, swing arm, wheels and basic electronics package from that model. 

The XSR900 that Rossi rode onto the stage (fortunately without running wide) is a retro-styled roadster based on the MT-09 running gear. A proper metal tank and mudguards, plus circular head and tail lights help to give it a distinct appearance that ties in with the MT-07-based XSR700 model launched last month.

Also launched at the show was the MT-03, a 321cc naked bike which slots completes the MT range – now available in 125, 03, 07, 09 and 10 versions. The A2-compliant machine is due in dealers in February 2016.