Although SX and the outdoor nationals shifted to Saturdays some years back, and many shops are closed on Mondays, the old "win on Sunday, sell on Monday" mentality seems to persist in moto. So Yamaha is hoping to convert its crop of red #1 plates into cash paying bLU cRU customers for the 2023 lineup of YZ off-road motorcycles. "Conceived for competition and extensively developed through knowledge gained at the highest levels of professional motorsports, the 2023 lineup of Yamaha YZ Motocross and Cross Country machines offer cutting-edge performance along with a level of refinement and rideability that instills confidence in every rider," according to Derek Brooks, Yamaha Motorsports Motorcycle Product Line Manager.
Fresh off back-to-back Motocross and Supercross titles, the new YZ450F raises the bar with more power, less weight, a slimmer design and improved handling in an even more usable package. "What really stands out about the new YZ450F is just how light and balanced it feels when riding hard,” notes Brooks.
“This new platform builds on the legendary YZ suspension and handling with an even more powerful, yet controllable engine character that will offer expert riders everything they need to compete and win at the highest level. At the same time its revised ergonomics and tuneability with the free engine mapping Power Tuner makes it easier to ride fast for all rider skill levels. I’m pumped to see it hit the tracks soon!”
Joining the big bore 4-stroke are a couple of 2-strokes: The YZ125X offers a completely new, more powerful two-stroke engine, revised suspension damping, improved brakes, enhanced ergonomics and a sharp new look making it the perfect option for young enthusiasts looking to move up to a full-size competition-ready two-stroke cross country bike. For riders looking for 250cc two-stroke power in the ultimate cross-country racer, the new 2023 YZ250X is now better than ever with updated brakes, revised suspension, race-inspired ergonomics and aggressive new styling. The new 2023 YZ250X will be available from dealers this August in Team Yamaha Blue for $7,999 MSRP.
2023 Yamaha Motocross and Cross Country Lineup
The remainder of Yamaha’s Motocross and Cross Country lineup, including the YZ65, YZ85, YZ85LW, YZ125, YZ125 Monster Energy Yamaha Racing Edition, YZ250, YZ250 Monster Energy Yamaha Racing Edition YZ250F, YZ250F Monster Energy Yamaha Racing Edition, YZ250FX, YZ450FX, WR250F and WR450F all return unchanged for 2023.