Japan Spy Photos: Suzuki Works Bikes

Takashi Okano is the factory IA2 class rider on the Japanese Factory Suzuki team. His RM-Z250 didn’t boast any obvious previews for 2013, but plenty parts on the bike still made our pulses race.

It doesn’t matter what series you’re talking about: the factory Suzuki race bikes are always among the coolest in the pits. At the Kyushu series opener of the All Japan National MX Championship, the works bikes of Yoshitaka Atsuta, Yohei Kojima (IA1) and Takashi Okano (IA2) were stunning, but didn’t look much different from what we saw last year in Japan. The biggest – and most surprising – change was the switch from Japanese Yoshimura exhausts to Akrapovic systems from Slovenia. Word we heard in the pits is that big changes are coming on the 2015 RM-Z lineup. Okano’s RM-Z250 is featured here, while Kojima and Atsuta’s RM-Z450s are displayed on page two.