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250 Motocross


The 250 Motocross class used to be the premier division of motocross racing before the advent of new-generation four-stroke dirt bikes. Now 450cc machines have replaced the original 250 motocross bikes and the quarter-liter engines have replaced the former 125cc division. The 250 motocross division is one of the most hotly contested and controversial racing classes in all of motocross. Originally intended as an entry class into the professional ranks, the 250 motocross class has become a hodgepodge of racers from young, hungry rookies to wily veterans. Unlike the big bike classes, 250 motocross has a much higher emphasis on bike performance; meaning in order to be competitive on the highest levels requires an enormous amount of engine modifications. For this reason, struggling privateers often elect to jump straight into the big-bike divisions simply because it takes less money to prepare a competitive machine.

Riders who participate in the 250 motocross class have many different motocross bikes to choose from. Most motorcycle manufacturers have stopped developing and producing 2-stroke versions of the 250 motocrossers, but some like Yamaha and KTM still do. Additionally, every manufacturer offers a four-stroke 250 motocross machine. The most popular models are the Honda CRF250R, Husqvarna TC250, Kawasaki KX250F, KTM 250 SX-F, Suzuki RM-Z250 and Yamaha YZ250F. Technology on modern 250 motocross bikes includes things like electronic fuel injection, high-revving engines and lightweight aluminum or steel chassis.

In Supercross, the 250 machines are referred to as the Supercross Lites class. It’s not unusual to see the 250 riders laying down lap times that are competitive with the bigger bikes. On the tighter indoor tracks of American stadiums, the smaller, lighter and quicker-handling 250 bikes are often more desirable. The AMA has recently begun allowing two-stroke 250 motocross bikes to compete against the same displacement four-stroke dirt bikes. With the rapid advance in motocross technology, the two types of 250 motocross machines are closer than ever in peak performance. There has already been some discussion about the professional 250 motocross circuit adopting the same rules. If so, the manufacturers will have a new reason to develop a competitive two-stroke again and it could bring some renewed energy to the dying two-stroke breed. For the time being, 250 motocross is one of the most interesting and exciting forms of motocross racing available.


250 Motocross Shootouts
2012 250 Motocross Shootout
Monday, December 12, 2011
MotoUSA gathered five Lites machines to battle it out for supremacy in the quarter-liter class. Some bikes have been revised heavily for 2012, while others received only bold new graphics. How will the scoring shake out this year?
2011 250 Motocross Shootout
Monday, February 21, 2011
Five bikes come into the 2011 250 Motocross Shootout to see which one reigns supreme in the Lites division. Some bikes are all new and others have barely been touched; which takes the title in 2011?
2010 250 Motocross Shootout
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Honda, Yamaha, Kawasaki and KTM collide in MotoUSA's 2010 250 Motocross Shootout. Our dirt bike test crew takes liberty with the hottest 250F motocross bikes available.
2009 250F Motocross Shootout
Sunday, December 07, 2008
We're giving the dirt riders an early X-mas gift this year. The annual test you've all been waiting for, the carnage that is the 2009 250F MX Shootout.
2008 250F Motocross Shootout
Monday, December 24, 2007
We set out to deck the halls with red, yellow, blue and green in a X-mas motocross extravaganza just for you - the 2008 250F Motocross Shootout.
2007 250F Motocross Shootout
Monday, March 19, 2007
Yamaha, Suzuki, Kawasaki, and Honda all bring potent 250 Motocross machines to the table, but which bike will come out on top in our 2007 shootout?
2006 250F MX Shootout
Friday, December 30, 2005
We could barely contain our glee when we finally got the bikes collected for MCUSA's 250cc 4-stroke shootout. We soon found that it was more than we could have hoped for.
2004 250cc 4-Stroke MX Shootout
Thursday, December 25, 2003
Yamaha once dominated the 250cc 4-stroke MX class, but with three new entrants for 2004 the fight for the top mx'er just got dirty.
2003 125 MX Shootout
Friday, April 18, 2003
Five bikes go head-to-head in MCUSA's massive 125cc class shootout. Lightest, fastest, best? We've got the answers.
250 Motocross Shootout Winners
2012 - Suzuki RM-Z250
2011 - Honda CRF250R
2010 - Honda CRF250R
2009 - Honda CRF250R
2008 - Honda CRF250R
2007 - Honda CRF250R
2006 - Kawasaki KX250F
2004 - Honda CRF250R
2003 - KTM 125SX

AMA Motocross Champions
2011 - Dean Wilson - Kawasaki KX250F
2010 - Trey Canard - Honda CRF250R
2009 - Ryan Dungey - Suzuki RM-Z250
2008 - Ryan Villopoto - Kawasaki KX250F
2007 - Ryan Villopoto - Kawasaki KX250F
2006 - Ryan Villopoto - Kawasaki KX250F
2005 - Ivan Tedesco - Kawasaki KX250F
2004 - James Stewart - Kawasaki KX250F

AMA 250 Supercross East Champions
2011 - Justin Barcia - Honda CRF250R
2010 - Christophe Pourcel - Kawasaki KX250F
2009 - Christophe Pourcel - Kawasaki KX250F
2008 - Trey Canard - Honda CRF250R
2007 - Ben Townley - Kawasaki KX250F
2006 - David Millsaps - Honda CRF250R
2005 - Grant Langston - Kawasaki KX250F

AMA 250 Supercross West Champions
2011 - Broc Tickle - Kawasaki KX250F
2010 - Jake Weimer - Kawasaki KX250F
2009 - Ryan Dungey - Suzuki RM-Z250
2008 - Jason Lawrence - Yamaha YZ250F
2007 - Ryan Villopoto - Kawasaki KX250F
2006 - Grant Langston - Kawasaki KX250F
2005 - Ivan Tedesco - Kawasaki KX250F
2004 - Ivan Tedesco - Kawasaki KX250F

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