We all expected it to happen at some point, but now it’s official. The Federation Internationale de Motorcyclisme (FIM) has released a list of new bikes that it has homologated and yes, the Yamaha YZF-R1M is one of them. That means that the YZF-R1M will now be allowed to compete in the Superbike & Superstock 1000 classes of racing series all over the world. Pop open the bubbly, fellas!

Here’s some more good news: the YZF-R1M isn’t the only bike that has been added to lists of homologated bikes. It’s sibling, the YZF-R1, also made the list. Other new superbikes from other manufacturers also made the cut, including two Aprilias (the RSV4 RR and RSV4 RF), a Ducati (the 1199 Panigale R), a BMW (the S1000RR), and an MV Agusta (the F4 RR).

With all due respect to the other superbikes on this list, the YZF-R1M is probably the most technologically advanced of the lot, having been designed with a pretty extensive list of electronic features that not a lot of bikes have right now. It also doesn’t hurt that the YZF-R1M is quite literally a new generation machine, making it a real barn-burner in every sense of the word.

Now that it’s allowed to be used in the Superbike & Superstock 1000 classes, it’s going to be really interesting to see how the YZF-R1M can compete with the rest of the field. From what I’ve seen, though, a lot of superbikes will definitely have their hands full trying to keep pace with Yamaha’s new racing toy.

Click past the jump to read more about the Yamaha YZF-R1M’s homologation.

Why it matters

Whether you’re a fan or a rider, you know that it was important for the Yamaha YZF-R1M to get homolgated by the FIM. That actually goes for all the other superbikes on this list.

Now that these bikes are all set and ready to be ridden, we can expect a spectacle of motorcycle racing at the highest levels. That’s something we wouldn’t have gotten if these bikes stayed in their respective garages.

I for one am excited to see what these bikes, specifically the YZF-R1M is capable of in a racing series setting. I’m sure I’m not the only one who thinks this way, too.

So let’s get it going, ladies and gentlemen! The 2015 motorcycle racing season is fast approaching and with these superbikes armed and ready to roll, there’s no telling what’s in store for us when the lights turn green.

In the words of Michael Buffer, "let’s get ready to rumble!"

Source: FIM

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