In Europe, the 2019 Yamaha YZF-R125 – Malaysia gets the Yamaha YZF-R15, priced at RM11,988 – now comes in Yamaha Monster Energy MotoGP racing livery. Dubbed the YZF-R125 Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Edition, this special issue of the R125 arrives in Yamaha Europe dealer showrooms this month.

The colour scheme of the YZF-R125 Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Edition closely mimics the YZR-M1 MotoGP race machines of Valentino Rossi and Maverick Vinales. Monster Energy signed up as main team sponsor to Yamaha MotoGP after Spanish telco Movistar declined to renew its sponsorship contract for 2019.

Coming with variable valve actuation (VVA), the R125 puts out a claimed 14.7 hp at 9,000 rpm and 11.5 Nm of torque at 8,000 rpm from its 124.7 cc, liquid-cooled single-cylinder, four-valve, SOHC engine. This compares against the 19 hp at 10,000 rpm and torque of 14.2 Nm at 8,500 rpm manufacturer’s number from the YZF-R15, which carries a 155 cc mill.

Power gets to the ground via a six-speed gearbox that uses an assist and slipper clutch, and chain final drive, while fuelling is with EFI. Upside-down telescopic forks, 41 mm in diameter, are used in front while the rear end is propped up with a preload-adjustable monoshock.

Braking is done with single discs front and rear, 292 mm and 220 mm in diameter, respectively, clamped by hydraulic callipers. Weight, ready to ride, for the R125 is 142 kg and seat height is 825 mm, with fuel carried in a 11.5-litre tank.