That is actually a good point that I had overlooked. If Yamaha offers contingency (I know Kawasaki does not) then that would make the R3 a no brainer. Time to do some digging.\
**EDIT** I stand corrected, and likely why you see more green on the grid.
Kawasaki does offer contingency for the Ninja 300 in CCS (what I race).
Now, time to start looking for a 2016 Ninja 300 =)
The problem with the R3 is that barely anyone is selling any well setup used ones. Since I've been going through this lately, here are the main options I've found:
1. Best method (hardest to find): buy a used track-ready R3. I've seen some go for around $4500 - 5000 but very very few.
2. Easiest but most expensive method: find one in great condition (~$4000) then spend another $3000-$4000 to make it a decent race bike.
3. The intermediate method, which is what I did: find a busted up salvaged one that has a good frame, engine, wheels, etc. with just cosmetic damage and then spend the money that you would anyway on aftermarket parts. I got mine for $1300 after all fees and taxes. Now I'm slowly putting more and more money into it. By the time I'm done, I'm sure I would have put at least $4000 in, not counting the bike, but that's stuff I would've bought anyway (fairings, suspensions, exhaust, fuel management system, rear sets, clip-ons, etc.)
Speaking of that....did you get the R3 levers in yet?