HRC riders Evgeny Bobryshev (MX1) and Tim Gajser (MX2) unveiled Honda’s new 2015 motocrossers to the MXGP media today ahead of the FIM Motocross World Championship Grand Prix at Italy’s historic Maggiora track.
The 2015 machines represent further evolution for two key models in Honda’s CRF line-up, which ranges from the youngster-friendly CRF50F through to the CRF450R supercross and motocross race bike.
Both the new CRF450R and CRF250R will be on public display at Maggiora, and subsequent MXGP rounds in Germany and Sweden.
Evgeny Bobryshev, MXGP No.777, said, “The new 450 looks great and I’m looking forward to getting my hands on it later in the summer. The new selectable power maps are going to help a lot of riders, and I’m really happy to see developments like the HRC-spec cylinder head going from our factory bike to the standard one.”
Tim Gajser, MX2 No.243, said, “It’s awesome to be with Honda as a 17-year-old in my first full year in MX2, and to be involved in unveiling the new bikes. The 250 has loads of adjustability now with the new air forks and selectable power mode, plus some more stopping power with the bigger front disc and it will be fun to try it out soon.”
In 2014, the Honda CRF250R earned another AMA 250 Supercross championship, and was the ride of choice for Supercross riders. An impressive 48% of all competitors in the Supercross 250-class Championship rode the CRF250R in 2014. For 2015, the CRF250R offers a host of improvements, with a new-generation 49mm Showa Separate Function Fork, Triple Air Chamber (SFF-Air) air fork and engine mode selector leading the way.
The new CRF450R features innovations forged by competition at the highest levels. An innovative Engine Mode Select button—an industry first for motocross machines—allows the rider to easily select one of three different EFI/ignition maps. A new fork with both high-/low-speed compression and rebound damping adjustment, larger front brake, new cylinder head, exhaust system, and revised settings for the Dual-Timing PGM-FI fuel injection elevate the CRF450R’s performance to a whole new level.
The 2015 Honda CRF450R will be available in America in September 2014, with the 2015 Honda CRF250R arriving at showrooms a month earlier.