The first steps towards Yamaha's much anticipated return to the World Superbike Championship were taken this week as the R1 made its track debut in Jerez.

The Japanese manufacturer returns to World Superbikes in a full factory capacity next year with its all-new R1 after an absence of three seasons.

Teaming up with long-time Suzuki collaborator Crescent Racing and luring PATA as its title sponsor, 2014 WSBK champion Sylvain Guintoli and Alex Lowes will front its much hyped charge.

Though the bike has already made an impression on the domestic stage, notably its British Superbike title win with Josh Brookes, Yamaha has been focusing its efforts on returning to world championship glory in 2016.

Hitting the track for the first time in Jerez this week, take a look at the latest images of the svelte new machine - with its standard testing livery - in action.

Click to view a gallery of the Pata Crescent Yamaha