There are a few things that we as moto fans simply can't get enough of. Sure, the racing action and insanely talented riders are the main attraction when the gate drops - but what about the machinery these top-level talents are racing on? Uncountable hours of R&D, full teams dedicated to the development of new parts, top-secret internal details that you couldn't pay to see, and all of the exotic materials you could think of are only part of the draw. We love all of the details, and wanted to showcase all this beauty to you. Welcome to Drool-Worthy, in-depth looks at each of the six major manufacturer’s factory 450 and 250 race efforts.
For the last installment of Drool-Worthy, we visit factory Suzuki's race efforts - which are both new endeavors (more so the 250 team) for the longtime brand. On the 450 end of things, team RCH/Yoshimura/Suzuki became Suzuki's sole factory effort in 2016 after winning the 2016 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Series Championship, and fields a two-rider team of Justin Bogle and Broc Tickle. Having already supported the team last year with some factory goodies, it was only natural that they became the official Suzuki 450 team after Yoshimura Suzuki ceased their race team operation at the end of last year.
The 250 effort at AutoTrader/Monster Energy/Toyota/JGRMX/Suzuki is the more exciting news of 2017, as Suzuki hasn't fielded a 250 team effort in quite some time (think back to the days of Austin Stroupe!) With Phil Nicoletti, and Matt Bisceglia signed on, they are excited to compete and add to the large pit presence that AutoTrader/Monster Energy/Toyota/JGRMX/Suzuki already has. Lets drool over some factory bikes…
Photos by Mike Emery | @emeryphoto
Justin Bogle's #19 steed has plenty of bling, and you'd be surprised at the contrast of stock parts to full factory. Often-times the factory nails it with the stock parts, and the riders will prefer them over optional factory goodies.
One example being the front end. Bogle is partial to these stock RMZ450 clamps over any of the factory machined pieces. Mounted to the clamps are very factory Showa forks.
On the other side of the spectrum, this factory front brake caliper matched to the beautifully coated lower fork tubes is about as far from stock as it gets!
Yoshimura still builds all of Suzuki's factory race engines, and the partnership has produced plenty of power for the team.
Tucked behind the left radiator shroud are some GET programming components to help tune this beast.
The black rear sprocket combined with the carbon fiber chain guard off-setting the gold wheels are a nice, clean look.
It's all about data in 2017and beyond, and this rear suspension linkage sensor is just one example – giving readings on the speed of suspension stroke among other helpful information.
Protecting all of the crucial engine components is this extra-light carbon fiber guard.
Map options on Justin's handlebar allow him to switch the power delivery if needed.
Handling all of the exhaust fumes is a Yoshimura exhaust system with a full carbon fiber muffler.
One of the more uncommon moves of the off-season was Phil Nicoletti's jump back down to the 250 class to ride AutoTrader/Monster Energy/Toyota/JGRMX/Suzuki's bike. Although he's been around for a while, he's really only raced a handful of 250 class events. The friendly east coast native has found early success landing consistent top 10 finishes thus far.
Unlike Bogle's bike, Phil prefers to run the factory triple clamps which hold a set of Showa forks.
The same goes for his engine package, with Yoshimura dial it all in with a few additional goodies from the boys at JGR.
Take this second fuel injector setup that is common in the realm of RMZ250 mods, developed by GET, and available to the public!
The clutch side of the motor with blue CV4 hoses and custom Hinson clutch cover looks ready for battle.
Like Bogle's machine, behind the left radiator shroud you'll see the brains of the GET data system.
How does it all get powered? This little switch on the left side controls a small battery that powers the entire data system!
We've seen these used for the last few years, and GET's GP1/RX1 tachometer setup helps the rider see where they are during a start assuring they're in the optimal RPM range.
These razor sharp titanium pegs come in a variety of options, and you can bet they're all sharp.
All carbon, everything. Yoshimura sure builds a nice exhaust system!