It’s crazy to think that we’ve only had three weekends off since January. There was one only small break between Toronto and Houston during the Supercross season, then a weekend off between Vegas and the kickoff of the Nationals at Hangtown. We are now four rounds into the summer, one which will include numerous weekends off and a much earlier conclusion at Lake Elsinore.

This past week was quite remarkable because both Yamaha and Suzuki released their 2014 model year race bikes. Both of Suzuki’s full-size motocross bikes, the RM-Z250 and RM-Z450, claimed TWMX’s 2013 Bike of the Year honors and the brand only made refinements to the award-wining machines for the next year.

2014 Suzuki RM-Z450

2014 Suzuki RM-Z250

Although Suzuki stayed with their same machinery, Yamaha announced their YZF250 and YZF450 will be all-new for 2014. Both bikes now use Yamaha’s reversed cylinder design and wrap-around exhaust, which centers the weight of the engine as much possible. This is quite important for the brand, since both bikes have received criticism as of late; the 250 has had the same carbureted powerplant for years and the debates on the 450 are just the beating a dead horse.

2014 Yamaha YZF 450

2014 Yamaha YZF 250

We’ll swing our legs over all four bikes soon…

This week’s Kickstart is a collection of content, including interviews with a number of riders, photos from the track, and the inspiring story of Japan’s Cloud Toda. Get to clicking.