Try a YZ450F on the Yamaha MX Pro Tour

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Yamaha are offering members of the public the chance to try their new 2018 YZ450F motocross bike on the MX Pro Tour in August.

Those who attend the tour will also get the chance to test Yamaha's smaller motocross bikes, the YZ250F and YZ125. Don't let the name fool you though, as the MX Pro Tour takes place August 25-26 at just one location, Apex Motocross track in Worcester.

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Yamaha will have exclusive use of the track on Friday August 25 and every rider will be guaranteed at least three 15 minute sessions in either the morning or afternoon. Places will be limited on the day, so those interested are advised to book soon by calling 01543 466 282 or sending an email to steve.harvey@amca.co.uk. The price of a place costs £10.

Alternatively riders can turn up on Saturday August 26 and book a test ride on the day, although this will not be an exclusive Yamaha event and will run alongside a public practice day.

The new Yamaha YZ450F

The 2018 Yamaha YZ450F was announced earlier this year, and alongside a host of mechanical changes, the new model can also be tuned wirelessly using a smartphone app. Riders can make changes to the fuelling and ignition from their phone, and is picked up by the Wi-Fi enabled control unit on the bike.

The app can also be used to save settings for different tracks, making it easier to get the best out of the bike at various circuits with different surfaces.

The engine has been changed to improve mass centralisation for better balancing and handling characteristics. Yamaha made no mention of a power increase, but they do say the new engine provides “an ideal balance of 450cc class power with exceptional control and response”.

The 2018 YZ450F is expected in UK dealers in August, with pricing yet to be announced.

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Liam Marsden

By Liam Marsden

Former MCN Web Producer