The Yamaha Motor New Zealand road racing teams aced their first 2020/2021 season’s competitive outings, with three of the four riders topping their classes at the Suzuki International Series yesterday

It's been a long time between laps for the Yamaha Racing Team’s (YRT) Alastair Hoogenboezem (YZF-R1) and the Yamaha Racing Development Team’s (YRDT) Rogan Chandler, Harry Parker and Cormac Buchanan, yet they all scored race wins over the Bruce McLaren Motorsport Park-hosted event in Taupo.

The current New Zealand Superbike (NZSBK) champion, Hoogenboezem showed that he will continue to be a force to be reckoned with, winning both F1 Superbike races on his YZF-R1.

He described it as “an amazing weekend” and soaked up that impossible to beat feeling that comes with “being back at a race track, catching up with the road race family and racing again.”

After securing a front row start in qualifying, he was “super happy” to ride away with the victories.

“During the races the Yamaha felt so good and I could put it where I wanted to - resulting in winning both of the F1 races. Big thanks to the team and sponsors for starting off how we left the end of last season,” Hoogenboezem, of Christchurch, says.

For Wellington’s Rogan Chandler his F2 Supersport 600 class victory looked unlikely before he hit the track on Sunday morning, as he was unable to ride his race-spec Yamaha YZF-R6 and had to settle for his spare bike. It didn’t stop him from winning his first race and finishing a close second in the next race to take a 6-point lead.

“With Taupo hosting the final NZSBK round next March, it was really good to get a good set-up there. I also managed to go the fastest I‘ve ever been around that track,” Chandler says.

The second Suzuki Series round at Manfeild Circuit Chris Amon, near Feilding, this coming Sunday, December 13, is his home track. His fitness is in a good place and with his race bike hopefully ready, Chandler is sure to present a formidable challenge.

Timaru rider Harry Parker says: “All in all it was a good weekend getting the bike set up and I found some good speed. I finished tied on first overall which I'm really pleased about.”

He shares a 42-point haul with fellow Yamaha YZF-R3 Supersport 300 class competitor Caleb Gilmour, with whom he had “some awesome battles” throughout the second race, Parker says.

For Invercargill’s Cormac Buchanan the opening round delivered all the highs and the lows associated with racing.

He soared from pole in qualifying to a crushing DNF in race one, then back up again to victory in the second race.

“I was gutted to crash in the first race. I had a good lead and just went into turn one too hot and lost the front. A lesson in patience! Race two was a chance to redeem myself and I led from go to woah which felt unreal,” the 14-year-old Buchanan says.

Yamaha’s Motorsport Manager Josh Coppins was more than pleasantly surprised by how what was meant to only be a chance to trial the 2021 Yamahas, panned out for his riders.

“It was a wonderful weekend for us and I’m really happy with the effort from the crew and the boys in all classes. It couldn't have really gone too much better,” he says.

“We’re focused on the nationals and although this was just a testing event to get our set-ups sorted, I knew we’d be there or thereabouts. To get three class wins was very cool and for Alastair to break a lap record was brilliant!”

“We will keep our fingers on the pulse; keep working hard and ticking the boxes and I’m sure we’ll have another great season,” Coppins concludes.

Overall it was a fantastic day for Yamaha as a brand with Yamaha riders winning six of the nine classes. Bike Torque salesman Jette Josiah won the Super Motard class on his YZ450F. Dave Fellows (YZF-R6) won the F3 class, while Matt Eggleton (FZR1000) won the Pre 89 Seniors.


F1 Superbike

1st Alastair Hoogenboezem (YZF-R1) - 50

2nd Scott Moir - 44

3rd Mitch Rees - 38

F2 Supersport 600

1st Rogan Chandler (YZF-R6) - 47

2nd Dale Finch - 41

3rd Avalon Biddle - 40

Supersport 300

1st Caleb Gilmour (YZF-R3) - 42

1st Harry Parker (YZF-R3) - 42

2nd Curtis Boyd - 34

2nd Campbell Grayling (YZF-R3) - 34

3rd Luca Durning (YZF-R3) - 30

5th Cormac Buchanan (YZF-R3) - 26



Yamaha Track Days are back for 2021!

If you’re looking to get on track this summer, book yourself into the Yamaha Track Day at Hampton Downs on the International Circuit.

Spots are fulling up quick so follow the link to Hampton Downs bookings to secure your space

Plus as a bonus, all Yamaha riders will score free merch on the day!



Yamaha Motor New Zealand is pleased to announce the YZ65 Cup is coming to Round 4 of the MX Nationals at Taupo.

The YZ65 Cup will provide a money-can’t-buy racing experience in front of a national crowd once again for 2021. All riders must be aged between 7 and 11 years and will require a junior or mini competition license to compete.

Numbers will be capped at 25 entrants. Yamaha’s aim is to offer a full bLU cRU race experience. Riders will be able to pit under the bLU cRU race tent, with assistance from Yamaha factory technicians. Each rider will receive bLU cRU merchandise. More unique activities will be announced closer to the event.

Yamaha will film and capture high res images of the event which we anticipate to be a super fun day aimed at driving excitement around the bLU cRU and the YZ65. Interested riders are asked to register their details at the link below. Note that all competitors must have a Junior National Competition Licence to enter.

Spots are limited and will be allocated on a first in first served basis. 

General Manager of Yamaha Motor New Zealand, Alan Petrie says “Given the success we have had with Yamaha YZ65 Cup at past events, we are really excited to be bringing this event back to 2021 to provide our young, local bLU cRU riders an opportunity of a lifetime.”





Heading into the 2021 racing season the Yamaha Motor New Zealand (YMNZ) racing teams have some targets on their riders’ backs after a successful 2020 national campaign.

Christchurch’s Alastair Hoogenboezem will be back defending his first Superbike title and riding his 1000cc YZF-R1 race machine in the top tier class for the third year with the Yamaha Racing Team (YRT).

Rangiora’s Jake Lewis rejoins Hoogenboezem in the team, which is managed by engine and suspension tuning guru Dave Cole and experienced team manager Peter Fenton.

In the Yamaha Racing Development Team (YRDT) led by Steve Lloyd, Wellington’s Rogan Chandler (YZF-R6) is looking to better his New Zealand Superbike Championship’s (NZSBK) runner-up placing in the Supersport 600 class. Harry Parker, of Timaru, continues with the team and will contest the Supersport 300 class for the third consecutive year on his YZF-R3.

Now aged 14, Invercargill’s Cormac Buchanan, is taking on a double class challenge. He will defend his Supersport 150 victory on a Yamaha YZF-R15 and also take on the Supersport 300 field riding a Yamaha YZF-R3.

After being forced to celebrate his debut Superbike win during lockdown, Hoogenboezem is consequently looking forward to a full, uninterrupted season of racing and also the challenge of backing up his victory.

“I realise there will be a target on my back with the number one plate on my Yamaha YZF-R1. In the past when I’ve won a championship [he holds national 125cc and 600cc class titles] I’ve moved up a class but I’m already at the top so there’s no further for me to go!” he says.

He warns his rivals that he is well-prepared and the YRT has plenty of notes on his Yamaha R1.

“We know what we are doing. What makes it tick. The times will only get faster and faster, depending on the conditions at the track,” Hoogenboezem says.

Lewis is looking forward to building on his 2020 top three finishes in what promises to be an extremely competitive championship.

“My first superbike win is not too far away and that is something I want to achieve this year along with more podium finishes. A big thank you to Josh, Amy and Yamaha NZ for giving me the opportunity to continue with the Yamaha Racing Team into 2021,” he says.

For Chandler there is only one more podium step he needs to climb this season and that's to the very top.

“I feel like I’m capable of the win,” he says.

He is training hard over the pre-season and is determined to “make sure I am enjoying the racing and having fun and being a good ambassador at the same time,” he says.

Chandler won his class in the Suzuki Series last year and he will be doing his best to defend that title in December, before the NZSBK begins in early January.

Parker will also compete in the three-round series as he works towards improving on his fifth place in the 2020 NZSBK’s Supersport 300 class.

“My goal this year is to finish in the top three every round and finish on the podium for the championship,” he says.

The team’s youngster Buchanan is excited about the challenge of riding dual classes.

“I know it will be more difficult physically but on the flip side there’s the advantage of having more track time and I’m definitely going to be giving it my all out there. Yamaha have crafted great machines which actually feel quite similar, except for the speed and power of the R3. So the transition between the two bikes has been going smoothly,” he says.

He has plenty of ambition for the season ahead, which includes defending his 150 SuperSport title and featuring highly in the Supersport 300 ranks.

“I’m expecting the 300 class to be highly competitive which is a chance to hone my race craft and take it to the next level. If I can earn a place on that podium at some stage, I will be stoked,” he says.

Buchanan has plenty of incredible memories from his debut year racing in New Zealand and hopes to have added some more by the end of the 2021 series. 


5th & 6th December 2020 – Round One Suzuki Series, Taupo

12th & 13th December 2020 – Round Two Suzuki Series, Manfield

8th - 10th January 2021 – NZSBK Round One – Ruapuna Park, Christchurch

15th - 17th January 2021 – NZSBK Round Two – Levels Raceway, Timaru

5th - 7th March 2021 – NZSBK Round Three – Hampton Downs, Auckland (TBC)

12th - 14th March 2021 – NZSBK Round Four – Bruce McLaren Park, Taupo


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Five years after the launch of the original model, Yamaha has created an all-new version of the ultimate multi-role motorcycle.

Lighter, more powerful and supremely versatile – and now equipped with the most sophisticated technology ever seen on a Yamaha Sport Touring motorcycle – the all-new Tracer 9 GT remains true to the Sporting heart, touring soul philosophy that has made Tracer the number one bike in its class. Offering increased levels of thrilling performance combined with enhanced touring capabilities and a higher overall specification, Tracer GT provides ultimate sports versatility.

New 890cc CP3 engine: More thrilling, more capable, more versatile
Powering the all-new Tracer 9 GT is a completely redesigned 890cc CP3 crossplane technology engine that is lighter, more powerful and more advanced than the original powerplant that forever changed the image of the Sports Touring class. Our CP3 architecture lays the foundations for a completely new engine.

Fully EU5-compliant, the sophisticated new inline 3-cylinder engine features an increased capacity of 890cc thanks to a 3mm enlargement in the bore diameter, and this significant cc boost contributes towards a 7% increase in torque output. This much higher torque output of 9.5kg-m / 93 Nm is produced at 7000rpm – 1500rpm lower down the rev range then previously – for outstanding acceleration and rapid overtaking.

As well as this marked increase in linear torque, the power output of the larger capacity 890cc engine is increased to 119PS at 10,000rpm – 4hp more than previously – making this one of the most thrilling, capable and versatile motorcycles in its class.

Quicker, stronger and more advanced, the new Tracer engine is a worthy successor to the original, and despite its increase in capacity, it actually weighs 1700g less than the outgoing design, which contributes towards the new bike’s enhanced handling agility and versatility.

KYB electronically-controlled suspension: Ultimate comfort with precise feel
Yamaha and KYB have jointly developed the Tracer 9 GT’s electronically-controlled semi-active suspension system that provides the ultimate in riding comfort combined with a precise feel from the road. Officially known as the KYB Actimatic Damper System (KADS), this highly advanced suspension generates a much wider range of damping force than conventional suspension, and is able to respond instantly to varying riding conditions in order to achieve optimum handling performance.

This use of this semi-active suspension system has been made possible by the bike’s new IMU which works together with the ECU as well as the Hydraulic Unit (HU) and Suspension Control Unit (SCU) to calculate the optimum suspension settings for any given riding situation: fast or slow, wet or dry, smooth or bumpy, solo or two-up.

The advantage of the solenoid system is that it is able to make extremely fast adjustments to damping settings, and it can handle both minor and major changes. By constantly analysing and computing the 6-axis data, the IMU can signal the ECU to adjust damping settings in order to maintain chassis stability at all speeds, and by doing so the KADS supplements the rider’s skills to ensure a more rewarding and enjoyable Sport Touring experience.

KADS can be used in two modes: A-1 is the sporting mode that is designed to deliver taut and responsive suspension action for fast riding on dry roads – and can also accommodate wet conditions. The system can be switched to A-2 mode that is designed to give a more supple and comfortable ride on rougher or uneven surfaces, making it the ideal choice on longer and more relaxed journeys.

New CF die-cast Deltabox chassis: Sportier handling, increased stability
Lighter, more compact and better handling, Tracer 9 GT’s all-new CF die-cast Deltabox chassis has been designed to give ultimate sports versatility with excellent comfort, making this the kind of bike that is ready to switch character to suit the rider’s mood.

Another important improvement for 2021 is the repositioning of the new 890cc CP3 engine, which is now mounted in a more upright angle of 52.3º, compared to 47.5º on the previous model. These changes improve the overall balance of the lightweight CF die-cast chassis to give a higher degree of surface feedback from the front end, as well as a greater feeling of front end traction in corners.

Longer high-rigidity swingarm: Increased stability, sporty agility
To match the new frame’s increased rigidity and more compact design, Tracer 9 GT is equipped with a completely redesigned lightweight aluminium swingarm that pivots inside the frame’s outer structure in contrast to the previous model’s external pivot points. Although externally similar in appearance to the design used on the 2021 MT-09, the Tracer 9 GT swingarm is actually 60mm longer, giving a 1500mm wheelbase – the same as the previous Tracer 900.

Full 3-bag luggage capability: Increased flexibility and versatility
To optimise its versatility and touring capabilities the new model is designed to accommodate a total of three hard luggage cases, enabling Tracer 9 GT to run with any combination of sidecases and a top case. A ‘Floating Stay’ system is used for the side cases to enhance high speed stability and isolate luggage movement on the bike, and a one-piece wraparound grab bar facilitates the fitment of a top case. With its lower weight and increased strength, the all-new chassis can handle a total payload of riders and luggage of 193kg – a 7% increase in load carrying capacity.

Class-leading electronic rider aids: 6-axis IMU for ultimate controllability
Originally developed for the R1 and never previously available in the Yamaha Sport Touring category, Yamaha’s 6-axis IMU (Inertial Measurement Unit) constantly measures Tracer 9 GT’s acceleration in the forward-backward; up-down and left-right directions – as well as the angular velocity in the machine’s pitch, roll and yaw directions.

Since its introduction on the R1 in 2015, this 6-axis IMU has been further developed, and the unit featured on the new Tracer 9 GT is now 50% smaller and 40% lighter. This high-tech IMU device constantly sends data to the ECU which computes all the data in real time, and effectively governs the new Tracer’s Traction Control System (TCS) as well as its Slide Control System (SCS), front wheel LIFt control system (LIF) and Brake Control system (BC).

Traction Control System (TCS)
If any potential loss of rear tyre traction is sensed during acceleration, data from the IMU informs the ECU to activate the lean-sensitive TCS and momentarily restrict drive force until rear wheel slip is eliminated. This intelligent system intervenes at three increasing levels as lean angle increases, giving the Tracer 9 GT rider added confidence when accelerating on wet or slippery road surfaces.

Slide Control System (SCS)
When data from the IMU predicts a sideways rear tyre slide the ECU adjusts power levels correspondingly until full stability is assured. The SCS can be set at any one of three intervention levels and can be turned off when required.

Front wheel LIFt control system (LIF)
LIF enables the rider to maintain a high degree of chassis control during aggressive acceleration by adjusting the rate of front wheel lift when it is sensed by the IMU. As with the SCS, the LIF system has three selectable intervention levels, and can also be turned off by the rider.

Three TCS/SCS/LIF mode settings
To keep the whole system easy to understand and simple to operate there are three mode settings available for the Tracer 9 GT rider. In Mode 1 the TCS, SCS and LIF are all pre-set to level 1, this being the lowest intervention level that is designed to accommodate sporty and aggressive riding. When Mode 2 is selected the TCS, SCS and LIF are all pre-set at level 2, which is moderate intervention that suits a wide variety of different conditions. Finally, Mode 3 is the manual setting option that enables the rider to select any combination from the 3 TCS settings, 3 SCS settings and off, and 3 LIF settings and off, giving a potential 48 different combinations.

Brake Control system (BC)
The Tracer 9 GT is also equipped with a 2-Mode Brake Control (BC) system that provides added chassis stability during emergency braking situations. Data from the IMU is constantly analysed, and when excessive lever pressure is applied to the front or rear brake by the rider, the pressure is automatically modulated by the BC system.

The rider can select either of two modes: BC1 is the standard ABS-active mode which prevents wheel lock-up during emergency braking in an upright, straight-line situation. When set to BC2, the system offers an even higher level of intervention by controlling brake pressure when the IMU senses that the chassis is likely to become unsettled in situations such as sudden mid-corner braking.

Yamaha D-Mode: Four running modes for every situation
Yamaha D-Mode offers the Tracer 9 GT rider a total of four running modes to suit the widest variety of Sport Touring riding situations – one more than the previous model. Mode 1 gives a sharper and more aggressive engine response, Mode 2 is the all-round setting for a variety of situations, Mode 3 delivers a gentler character that’s ideal for relaxed riding, and the new Mode 4 is perfect for wet weather riding.

Cruise Control: Making longer journeys more enjoyable
The Tracer 9 GT is now equipped as standard with a Cruise Control that’s similar to the system used on the previous GT model, making longer journeys even more relaxing and enjoyable.

The Cruise Control can be activated when riding at a speed of 50 km/h or more and using 4th gear or higher, and once a speed is selected it can be adjusted up and down in 2 km/h increments by a single push of the switch or by continuously holding it down. The system can be immediately deactivated by using the brakes, clutch or rolling the grip forward on a closed throttle.

Up-and-down Quick Shift System (QSS): Smoother and faster gear changing
For clutchless up and down shifting the Tracer 9 GT is equipped with a new Quick Shift System (QSS). A sensor on the shift rod detects movement in the gearshift pedal, and the ECU cuts drive torque to the transmission to enable smooth and fast gearchanges, both up and down the transmission.

New fuelling system: Increased 350km+ range with stronger performance
Another important change for 2021 is the Tracer 9 GT’s all-new fuel delivery system that features fuel injectors mounted to the throttle valve side – whereas they were previously mounted directly to the cylinder head. Together with the use of new lightweight engine internals, the new fuelling design increases combustion efficiency and helps to achieve a notable 9% increase in fuel economy, giving this Sport Touring an extended range of 350 km+ from its 18-litre fuel tank, without adding additional weight by running a bigger fuel tank.

APSG ride-by-wire throttle: Improved feel and reliability
The Tracer 9 GT ‘s Yamaha Chip Controlled Throttle (YCC-T) benefits from highly sophisticated R1M developed technology in the form of a new Accelerator Position Sensor Grip (APSG) – a ride-by-wire throttle system that contributes toward the bike’s reduced overall weight and gives improved feel and reliability.

New higher-efficiency intake and exhaust: reduced weight, increased thrills!
Each motorcycle’s specification sheet can tell a lot about the way it’s going to perform, but numbers alone won’t give the whole story. The CP3 engine is famous for its intoxicating blend of linear torque and wonderful exhaust note, and Yamaha’s designers have devoted a lot of effort into making the whole Tracer 9 GT riding experience even more thrilling and exciting at all speeds.

The Tracer 9 GT is equipped with a new 1.5 chamber-type exhaust with twin tail pipes. Together with redesigned stainless steel header pipes, the complete exhaust weighs 1400g less than previously, contributing significantly towards mass centralisation for even more agile handling.

Refined transmission with uprated A&S clutch: Better feel, smoother shifting
The Tracer 9 GT is equipped with slightly higher 1 and 2 gear ratios that match the new engine’s higher torque output at lower rpm, and for smoother gear changes the shift fork has been redesigned. Modifications have also been made to the A&S clutch, including the use of new material for the friction plates and a revised cam angle to give a lighter lever pull and gentler chassis behaviour during downshifts, resulting in a smoother, easier and more satisfying ride.

Model-specific engine mounts: Increased stability when fully loaded
While the overall design of the Tracer 9 GT frame uses the new MT-09 as its base, Yamaha’s engineers have developed a range of model-specific components that make an important contribution towards achieving excellent straight line stability and cornering agility when fully loaded.

Model-specific engine mounts for the Tracer have been developed through Kanno Hyoka – that is to say evaluating motorcycle performance based on test rider perceptions and feedback. Featuring a thicker construction that is unique to the the new Tracer, the left and right side engine mounting brackets as well as the top mount ensure that the engine’s role as a stressed member helps to create an excellent balance of rigidity for optimum handling performance – even when carrying a passenger and three hard cases.

Next generation design: Agile, compact and minimalist body style
Featuring completely redesigned bodywork, the all-new Tracer 9 GT seeks to build on the outstanding success of Europe’s best-selling Sport Touring by offering an even more sporty, dynamic and versatile package.

Very careful consideration was given to the layout and shape of the three-bag luggage system, and the overall look of the side cases and top case is designed to complement the bike’s sporty and dynamic character.

A key feature of the new Tracer 9 GT is the arrow silhouette formed by the windscreen, front fairing and fuel tank cover that gives a dynamic and purposeful new look, and the compact new mono-focus LED twin-eye headlights – together with LED lighting throughout and twin TFT meters – reinforce the bike’s technologically advanced look and underline the Tracer’s high overall specification.

Full LED lighting throughout: Excellent visibility with dynamic new style
New mono-focus twin-eye LED ‘hidden’ headlights are recessed in the aerodynamic front fairing to give this next-generation Sport Touring a bold and distinctive new look that underlines its truly dynamic and sporty character. One LED headlight unit projects the low beam while the other unit projects the high beam, and they are designed to give excellent forward illumination with an even spread of light that is softer at the edges, making them easier on the rider’s eyes. The dynamic new face also features dual LED position lights that reinforce the imposing presence of the Tracer 9 GT.

The all-new LED rear light design is quintessentially Tracer, and features specially cut inner lenses that give a smoother tail and brake light with a three-dimensional effect to underline the bike’s ultra-modern style – and the full LED lighting is completed with compact and lightweight LED flashers.

LED cornering lights: Increased visibility with decreased rider fatigue
The Tracer 9 GT is equipped with a highly sophisticated intelligent cornering light system that is programmed to light up the road ahead when the IMU senses that the machine is leaning at more than 7º and its speed is at least 5 km/h.

A key feature of this LED cornering light design is that the IMU’s high speed calculations and processing power enable the system to increase the brightness of the cornering lights as the banking angle increases, giving the rider a clear field of vision when riding at night. The Tracer 9 GT is only the second Yamaha to feature cornering lights after the FJR1300AE, and unlike the FJR’s system which consisted of three LED lights on each side of the fairing, the Tracer 9 GT ‘s design consists of a single LED situated above each of the two position lights.

Twin 3.5-inch full colour TFT meters: Clear and comprehensive information
The all-new twin 3.5-inch multi-function TFT meters display extremely clear data and feature an intuitive rider interface that separates the critical running information from the functional operational information.

Key running information is featured on the left screen, including a multi-coloured bar-type tachometer whose colour changes as rpm rises, as well as a digital speedometer, fuel gauge, gear position and TCS mode indicator. The left screen can be switched to the TCS mode and setting display, enabling the rider to select the desired intervention mode for the electronic rider aids. Meanwhile the right screen is split into four separate sections, each one displaying a range of information such as odometer, tripmeters 1 & 2, temperature and more.

Ultra-light Yamaha SpinForged wheels: Increased agility and lighter handling
The 10-spoke SpinForged wheels and large-diameter axles fitted to the new Tracer 9 GT are 700g lighter than previously, and this major reduction in unsprung weight makes a positive contribution towards the bike’s agile handling, lightweight steering and responsive suspension characteristics.

Commanding riding position: Adjustable to different riders and riding situations
The Tracer 9 GT’s roomy and commanding riding position ensures the highest levels of comfort, and the ergonomics can be easily adjusted to suit different physiques and riding styles. The newly developed rider’s seat is mounted 15mm lower than the previous model and features a simple tool-less two-position height adjuster. Further changes to the ergonomics can be made by adjusting the footrests by 15mm up or down, and the handlebar position can also be moved forwards by 9mm and upwards by 4mm by reversing the direction of the handlebar clamps, giving a total of eight different riding positions.

Larger fully-adjustable windscreen: Increased comfort, reduced fatigue
For increased wind protection and reduced fatigue caused by buffeting on longer rides, the Tracer 9 GT is equipped with a large screen that can be adjusted by a total of 50mm through 10 increments of 5mm. Compact and lightweight handlebar brush guards also help to protect from the wind and weather.

R1 type radial front brake master cylinder: More power with linear control
The Tracer 9 GT is constructed to an extremely high standard specification, and the all-new 2021 model is the first ever Yamaha Sport Touring to be equipped with a front brake featuring a R1-type radial master cylinder. Manufactured by Nissin, this high-tech supersport-class braking system features a piston that moves parallel to the brake lever travel, giving a more linear brake feel, giving the rider a higher degree of controllability.

New Battlax T32 tyres: Excellent wet and dry performance
Yamaha and Bridgestone have jointly developed the new Battlax T32 Sport Touring tyres specifically for the Tracer. The development goals were to create a new tyre that could offer excellent wet and dry performance together with excellent durability and strong straight-line performance, qualities that match the versatile character of this new Sport Touring. The combination of a 120/70ZR17 front and 180/55ZR17 rear provide good feedback with a precise feel, enabling the Tracer 9 GT rider to experience ultimate sports versatility, whatever the weather.

Hard side cases: Added functionality with style
The Tracer 9 GT is supplied with completely new hard cases fitted as standard equipment. Each case is able to carry a full-face helmet and is attached to the bike’s durable steel subframe via a fully floating carrier system that absorbs any wind or surface-induced chatter to give a natural riding feeling. Coloured sidepanels match the bike’s finish for a fully integrated look.

Grip warmers: All-season riding comfort
Wind chill can make the rider’s hands cold and uncomfortable even on a cool summer’s day, and the Tracer 9 GT’s grip warmers can be precisely adjusted through a range of 10 settings using a scroll wheel to achieve the optimum temperature. Specially shaped grips feature thinner rubber that enables efficient transmission of the heat to keep hands warm whatever the weather.

Dedicated colours and graphics: Premium look and feel
The premium Tracer 9 GT is also offered in an exclusive Yamaha Icon Performance finish that has been inspired by the Yamaha R1M – the bike that pioneered much of the advanced electronic technology found on this high-end Sport Touring.

Delivery of the Tracer 9 GT to New Zealand Yamaha dealers will commence from April 2021. Pricing has not been set yet. The standard model Tracer 9 will not be available in New Zealand.

Technical highlights

  • New 890cc inline 3-cylinder 4-valve DOHC liquid-cooled EU5 engine Lower weight and increased power at all rpm
  • 7% increase in maximum torque at lower rpm
  • 4PS increase in maximum power
  • Lighter and stronger CF die-cast aluminium Deltabox chassis
  • Overall 2kg weight reduction for increased agility
  • New lightweight aluminium swingarm
  • Next-generation styling, perfect blend of sport style and touring functions
  • Full LED lighting with hidden headlights, Tracer signature tail-light and LED cornering lights
  • Refined A&S clutch
  • Light and compact new 6-axis IMU – first time on a Yamaha Sport Touring
  • Lean-sensitive rider aids: Up and down QSS, TCS, SCS and LIFt with three intervention mode ABS and Brake Control system (BC)
  • D-MODE switchable engine running modes
  • New ultra-light SpinForged 17-inch 10-spoke wheels
  • KYB electronically controlled suspension featuring fully-adjustable 41mm USD forks with optimised settings and adjustable rear shock with revised settings and new linkage
  • Twin full colour 3.5-inch TFT instruments with remote handlebar switch Radial front master cylinder, 298mm dual front discs
  • Hard cases fitted as standard

ALL NEW LOOK AND MORE FOR 2021 MT-07 - 16th Nov 2020


A range of upgraded features including an engaging engine with more linear response and more powerful front brakes confirm the MT-07’s class-leading riding experience for 2021.

MT-07’s premium quality is underlined by the fitment of a new LED headlight, turn signals and position lights plus LCD instruments. Tapered handlebars and a new tank and seat contribute towards a more comfortable riding position, while the latest Michelin sports tyres give confident roadholding – and turn up the fun factor.

The 2021 MT-07 will arrive during the second quarter of 2021, no price has been set yet. The LAMs approved 655cc MT-07LA is available in Storm Fluo, Icon Blue and Tech Black and is due in April. The full power MT-07 will also be available from April 2021 in Tech Black.

 Next generation design: Pure Hyper Naked DNA

The new model’s next generation bodywork reflects the ongoing evolution of the MT family, and gives the 2021 MT-07 a more refined and distinctive look with a quality feel.

Key to the new look is a compact and minimalist new LED headlight assembly whose position lights and headlight give the front face a Y-shape icon that symbolises the signature look of the next generation MT family.

New winglets on the sides of the newly-designed 14-litre fuel tank give the bike a more dynamic stance. The new fuel tank covers are manufactured from injection-moulded plastic resin to reduce weight, and a 3D moulded texture is featured around the rider’s knee grip area to give improved controllability for a sportier character.

Many other detail changes to the colour and finish of fork covers, footpegs, engine stays and engine covers serve to enhance the overall feeling of quality, underlining the MT-07’s winning combination of outstanding value with a premium specification.

LED projector lighting: Compact and powerful

Modern, compact and lightweight, the new bifunctional LED headlight features a centrally-located high/low projector lamp. This compact projector headlight produces a powerful beam with well-defined edges that provide excellent visibility. New left and right side dual-layer LED position lights give the MT-07 a signature Y-shape face that reaffirms its close family ties with the MT-09.

Latest EU5-compliant 690cc CP2 engine: More linear response

The latest 689cc 2-cylinder CP2 engine features a revised air intake duct design and optimised fuel injector settings, as well as a new 2-into-1 exhaust and new ECU. These changes give a more linear engine response.

The 2021 engine delivers a smoother torque/rpm curve for excellent top speed and thrilling acceleration, and with maximum torque of 67.0Nm/6.8kg-m produced at just 6500rpm – and maximum power of 73.4PS/54kW at 9000rpm – this is the ultimate middleweight powerplant.

A new electric purge cut valve and lightweight battery ensures easy starts even when the machine has been parked for longer periods, and the 2021 engine also features new Crystal Graphite engine covers, as well as a new silver-coloured exhaust pipe and new muffler and exhaust protectors.

Larger diameter 298mm dual front discs: More stopping power

MT-07’s front dual disc size is increased from 282mm on the previous model to 298mm on the new bike, giving more stopping power and greater controllability with no gain in weight. Together with the 245mm rear disc, the new system offers increased performance – and with the fitment of the new tyres, the increased stopping power is especially apparent in wet conditions.

Wider tapered aluminium bars: A more upright and assertive riding position

The MT-07 is already regarded as being the bike that works for everyone thanks to its natural upright riding position and relaxed ergonomics that make it so popular with riders of all ages and experience levels.

Following numerous evaluations using riders with different physiques, Yamaha designers have fine-tuned the new MT-07’s riding position for added comfort and better controllability. The 2021 model is fitted with new aluminium tapered handlebars that are 32mm wider to give a more assertive riding position as well as a little extra leverage for easier manoeuvrability at slow speeds.

New LCD instruments: Lighter and easier to read

The 2021 model now features higher specification LCD instruments with spot colour. This new inverted dashboard is similar to the unit fitted to the Tracer 700, and its compact and lightweight multifunction display with larger displays for the clock, gear, tripmeters and tachometer provides clear information. The use of spot colour gives an accent for key displays – and a new handlebar switch enables the rider to operate the meter more easily and efficiently.

LED indicators: Reinforcing the premium look and feel

Along with the new LED headlight the 2021 MT-07 is also equipped with new high intensity indicators at the front and rear. Lighter and more compact, they complement the next generation style of the bike and reinforce the premium specification of this best-selling Hyper Naked.

Latest generation tyres: High traction with excellent handling

New specification Michelin PR5 tyres – 180/55-17 at the rear and 120/70-17 at the front – provide excellent levels of traction, sporty handling performance and excellent wet weather handling qualities, making the MT-07 the ideal choice for new and experienced riders.

New colours, graphics and finishing: reinforcing the MT DNA

For 2021 the new MT-07 is available in the latest colour schemes and graphics that reinforce the MT family connection and give a premium feel to this outstanding middleweight. New black levers give a refined look, and wiring in the cockpit area is rerouted to give an enhanced look.

2021 MT-07 new features

2021 MT-07 new benefits

Next generation design

Sharper and more dynamic Hyper Naked looks

LED projector lighting

Better visibility, reduced weight, MT ‘Y-shape face’

Twin-cylinder EU5 CP2 engine

Strong linear torque, gutsy exhaust note

Larger 298mm dual front discs

More powerful braking with no additional unsprung weight

Wider tapered aluminium bars

Assertive riding position with easier low-speed turning

New LCD instruments

Clear information, now with handlebar operation

LED indicators

High visibility and sharper style

Michelin PR5 tyres

Excellent traction in wet and dry, added rider confidence, sporty handling

New colours, graphics and finishing

Maintain the MT-07’s fashion leading focus and premium style, includes new blacked-out components and Crystal Graphite engine covers

Technical highlights

  • Next generation body design with pure MT family DNA
  • Winglet-style air intakes create distinctive MT-07 style
  • New LED projector headlight with signature Y-shape icon
  • Crossplane technology CP2 engine
  • EU5-compliant
  • 270-degree crank for linear torque delivery
  • Maximum torque of 67.0Nm/6.8kg-m produced at 6,500rpm
  • New 298mm dual front discs
  • New wider aluminium tapered handlebars
  • More comfortable and assertive riding position
  • Inverted LCD spot colour instruments with remote control
  • New LED turn signals
  • Latest generation Michelin PR5 tyres
  • New colours and graphics
  • Compact tubular frame with 805mm seat height


Yamaha Genuine Accessories and MT Apparel

Yamaha offers a wide range of Genuine Accessories designed for the new MT-07 that enable every owner to build their very own machine. The constantly evolving line-up includes parts that enhance performance, protection and comfort through to cosmetic components that sharpen the bike’s image.



Yamaha Motor New Zealand’s (YMNZ) innovative activations are in full-swing and they are proving popular with Kiwis wanting to experience the brand’s motorbikes, across the range, in a variety of environments.

The Yamaha Off-Road Demos, bLUcRU Kids Camps and Ténéré Tour 2020 - Central Plateau, have kept Yamaha’s Motorsport Manager Josh Coppins, his fellow former international motocross star Ben Townley and Yamaha’s brand ambassadors busy over September and October. Along with his team, Coppins is looking forward to rolling out more opportunities for a wider audience to be introduced to the Yamaha brand throughout the up-coming months.

Yamaha Off-Road Demos

Launched in September 2020 in conjunction with Townley’s 101 Adventures company, YMNZ is halfway through the Yamaha Off-Road Demos.

Working their way around a series of North Island venues, the demo days have been extremely well-received, with riders given the opportunity to try out a variety of Yamaha off-road motorcycles, including the YZ250X, YZ125X, WR450F, WR250F, YZ450FX and YZ250FX. The point of difference is the customers have two of New Zealand’s best-ever motocross riders Coppins and Townley on hand to set up their motorcycles for them.

“We can discuss the advantages of the particular bike they are riding, or why certain things may not suit them and suggest a different model that might be better for them,” Coppins explains.

“Ben and I are really just making sure our customers get the very best experience and can understand the full potential of the model they are looking to purchase and all its set-up possibilities.”

“So many customers have a perception of the motorcycle they need, or should have based on what they used to ride up to 20 years ago. For the investment they are making in a motorcycle, making the right choice is important for safety and we think it is really important that the customer experiences everything the bike has to offer,” Coppins concludes.

He and Townley will now head to the South Island for three more Yamaha Off-Road Demos in November. Customers can go along to their closest Yamaha Off-Road demo venue free of charge and get their motorcycle of choice set up as per their personal preferences.

Townely says: “It has been a really cool experience taking all of the Yamaha off-road models around the North Island to give riders the opportunity to experience how good the range of FX and WR 4strokes are, as well as the 125X and 250X models.”

“The off-road models Yamaha have to offer are so good! I’ve been able to experience them with my international trail riding customers through my 101 Adventures business and with New Zealand’s borders shut, I’ve had time to give Kiwi riders the opportunity to test them as well. Josh and I have loved getting riders comfortable with their individual set up so that they can experience the bike in its best form!”

Dates and locations for upcoming Yamaha Off-Road Demos are as follows:

4th November – Mt Venus, Canterbury
6th November – Titri Park, Dunedin
8th November – Wakefield, Nelson

bLUcRU Kids Camps

 After becoming aware of a “real gap in the market for kids, parents and families wanting to ride their motorcycles in a controlled environment and not necessarily a race” Coppins and his team put together a plan for the bLUcRU Kids Camps.

“We got IME Management on board and worked with them putting the camp structure together. Our first event was massive and it went off really well,” Coppins says.

The first bLUcRU Kids Camp was held at Burt’s Farm in Matata, on October 2 to 4 and was a great success, with just over 100 riders attending.

The weekend began with a welcome and mechanics workshop led by Coppins, who along with his across-divisions Yamaha motorsport role, also manages his own Altherm JCR Yamaha motocross team. Then the riders hit their tents for a good night’s sleep, to ensure they were ready to maximise riding the tracks over the next two days.

Riders’ briefing commenced at 8.15am both mornings and then the four track levels - from easy to expert - were open from 9am. There was a track to suit everyone, allowing the riders and their families to participate in an activity they could all enjoy.

Once the tracks closed on Saturday a fun evening schedule commenced, including a lolly scramble, treasure hunt and a sausage sizzle. On Sunday afternoon there was prize giving for all the riders, including prizes for the most improved rider, most laps ridden over the weekend and the colouring-in competition winners.

Throughout the weekend Rhys Carter, of Carter Coaching, did some one-on-one training with riders which they had pre-paid and registered for, while out on the tracks there was support and advice available from Coppins, Tommy Watts (bLUcRU supported rider), Scott Henderson (YMNZ Dealer Development Franchising Manager) and Joe Davis (Altherm JCR Yamaha mechanic).

Coppins enjoyed getting back to the grass roots of what riding bikes is all about.

“It was great to see how many riders made big improvements with their riding over the weekend, whilst building confidence on their motorcycles. There were so many families spending time together appreciating the outdoors, which was awesome to see, especially considering what a tough year 2020 has been for a lot of Kiwis,” he says.

“It was super rewarding working with the kids. I got to ride with all of them at some point and I enjoyed seeing the smiles on their faces and watching them excel, or improve their riding, by the end of the weekend. By Sunday, some of them were tackling harder tracks, which they wouldn’t have dreamed of doing on Friday evening.”

Dates and locations for upcoming bLUcRU Kids Camps are as follows:

20th to 22nd November 2020 - Private property, Glen Murray
22nd to 24th January 2021 - Taikorea MX Park, Palmerston North
23rd to 25th April 2021 - Private Property, Gore
7th to 9th May 2021 - MX Venus, Canterbury
21 to 23 May 2021 - Northland

Ténéré Tour 2020 - Central Plateau

Following on from the Ténéré 700 nationwide launch in 2019, YMNZ in conjunction with 101 Adventures’ founders Ben and Lucy Townley, held the first Ténéré Tour 2020 - Central Plateau, earlier this month.

Seventeen Yamaha customers and dealers rode this dual-sport adventure model off the beaten track exploring New Zealand’s scenic mid-North Island countryside.

Starting from the Great Lake, Taupo, the Ténéré riders navigated across the base of the Central Plateau mountains, before traversing their way through native bush and farmland. They experienced some of the most breath-taking views of the stunning lakes that the Central Plateau has to offer.

The Ténéré Tour was an amazing 1200km all-inclusive trip, staying at some pristine accommodation, like the outdoor enthusiast’s playground Blue Duck Station in the Ruapehu District.

Participating in what was his first experience of adventure riding, Coppins headed along on the tour. “I have to say, I’m hooked! I loved every minute of it. I’ve spoken to a few mates and said this is the future for us - a little bit more casual having a beer at night and stopping at the coffee shop. Enjoying the day at your own pace, which is new to me!” he says.

A new-comer to the Yamaha brand, the Ténéré has become one of its best-selling motorcycles. “To be able to take it on the Ténéré Tour and ride with our customers and have them experience it has been instrumental to us. It’s helped us understand the market and best of all we’ve been able to enjoy the Ténéré alongside them,” Coppins says.

101 Adventures owner Ben Townley says that given the success of the tour “we are currently working on dates and locations for future Ténéré Tours.”

“When the opportunity arose for our company 101 Adventures to offer an adventure ride for the new Ténéré customers, we jumped at it. The planning for this first annual ride had been in the pipeline for 12 months after being held up by Covid-19, so it was great to finally get the riders together and experience 1200km in three days around the North Island’s Central Plateau. The tour took us all to some nooks and crannies of New Zealand that you’d never see from the seat of a car!”

“I was absolutely stoked with our first offering. We had no major incidents and the riders thoroughly enjoyed themselves. They were able to really put their new Yamahas through their paces. I’ve started planning for next year's ride already and it’s going to be another ripper!” Townley promises. Email to register your interest.

Yamaha Motor New Zealand General Manager Alan Petrie says: “Having Ben and Josh involved in the brand’s activations means they are professionally run by two of the motorcycling industry’s most motivated individuals.

“They bring credibility and a vast amount of knowledge to the brand. We feel fortunate that our customers have their experience to draw on across these three initiatives.”

Coppins concludes: “We expect these activations to evolve, grow and become a platform of our business and the Yamaha brand. Racing is important to us and always will be, however overall we are trying to capture a wider audience and ensure we can offer all our customers the very best experience across all levels of motorcycling.”



Altherm JCR Yamaha’s two riders were mixing with the front-runners in their classes and came away with podium positions and a good handle on where they can improve.

MX1 rider Kayne Lamont enjoyed getting aboard his YZ450F and the mental skills he has been working on recently paid dividends, as he powered to third overall.

“The weekend’s racing was a great time for me. I rode very calm and in control, which I was happy with.”

Hamilton-based Lamont (25) says he hasn’t had “massive amounts of time on the bike” having just recovered from a thumb injury, leaving him satisfied with his 4-3-3 set of results.

“I have two months of prep now before SummerCross, so I will try do as much as possible with bike time and continue testing parts to finalise my set-up for the summer,” he says.

Defending national MX2 champion Maximus Purvis, of Mangakino, notched up two podiums finishing runner-up in his first and third races yesterday. A fourth in the second race relegated him to second overall for the weekend on his YZ250F.

Purvis (20) believed he “just lacked the fitness” to ride for the victories but vows: “I’ll definitely be ready for SummerCross at the end of December.”

Lamont gained some extra racing time competing in the Bell Dirt Sprints on Friday night, where he placed second. On the Saturday evening, he then took part in the demonstration event for Ben Townley’s motorsport innovation SX4, which combines four riders, four laps, four corners and four obstacles into two minutes of action-packed racing. Reaching the final, Lamont went on to place third in this new form of racing, which will have its debut event back at the same Taupo venue - Digger McEwen Park - on Saturday, January 9, 2021.

Altherm JCR Yamaha team manager Josh Coppins described his riders’ performances as “respectable.”

“The team achieved lots of seconds and thirds over the weekend. No wins unfortunately and we’ve got a bit of work to do,” he says.

“Both riders have been doing a lot of work but in their actual jobs (building for Lamont and earth moving contracting for Purvis). We knew coming into the event that this was the case and expected it. They both achieved respectable results considering the amount of seat time they’ve had. Now they need to put a bit more time into their riding and knuckle down with the summer of racing coming up.”

After the long winter motocross off-season, Coppins enjoyed seeing the Altherm JCR Yamaha team come together again.

“It was a great event for us as a team and everyone got along really well. It was a massive weekend of three days racing, hence why it’s called the MX Fest! Starting on Friday with the Battle of the Clubs fundraising event for the Kiwi Motocross of Nations team, then supporting our bLUcRU riders in their junior racing on Saturday, followed by our seniors on Sunday,” he says.

“We had great Yamaha brand representation across the weekend on both days and were also pleased to see our brand ambassador Carter Coaching’s Rhys Carter finish fourth in MX1.”



1st Cody Cooper – 91
2nd Hamish Harwood – 91
3rd Kayne Lamont (YZ450F) – 78
4th Rhys Carter (YZ450F) – 73
5th Campbell King – 52
9th Tommy Watts (YZ450F) – 39
10th Richard Horne (YZ450F) – 37


1st Josiah Natzke – 93
2nd Maximus Purvis (YZ250F) – 78
3rd Brodie Connolly – 71
4th Seton Head – 54
5th Jack Treloar – 46

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