Our 2018 Yamaha YZ250 test bike has seen plenty of use since we took delivery of it. First was Yamalube/Star Racing/Yamaha Assistant Team Manager Wil Hahn, who ripped it around Perris Raceway with Josh Hansen for the part they shared in our 2017 DVD movie release, Premix 2. A few weeks later we swapped the numberplates on it and Wil's rider Colt Nichols did the same: held the bike wide open for our Premix 2 camera crew, only this time at Pala Raceway alongside Davi Millsaps, Alex Martin, and Jordon Smith.
Recently, the MTA Distributing Two-Stroke World Championships visited Glen Helen Raceway, and the YZ250 was again called to action. Already pretty badass in stock condition, all we really did to get it ready to race after being ridden for our movie was install a new set of Dunlop tires, add a pair of ODI Flight bars, and install a Bill's Pipes pipe and silencer. Our pal Chuck Kober at Factory Effex whipped out a sweet set of custom graphics and we finished the bike off with a SDG USA gripper seat cover. Our Editor Donn Maeda and test rider Pat Foster shared the bike at the race; Pat winning his class easily, and swap coming home with 3-8 tally after a lap-one crash in moto two. All in all, it was a great time, on a great bike!
If you've ever gotten a flat tire at Milestone MX Park, our local track in Riverside, California; chances are good that you've noticed the good-looking girl in the white tank top who can change a tire in a few minutes flat. (Her record for removing and installing a new rear tire is well under four minutes.) Alyssa Moreno has been working at MX Pro Parts since she was a senior in high school and says that, "Changing a tire is a lot more technique than strength. I always say that if you are fighting it, you're doing something wrong. You can't count out strength, though, because that's what helps you get the best leverage."
A full-time college student pursuing a nursing degree ("Math has always been my favorite subject, but blood and guts fascinate me. Working at a dirt bike track I get to see a lot of it!"), Alyssa rode when she was young and loved it; but has no desire to now. "I'm around it so much, and my brother rides and races seriously, so that's my dirt bike fix," she says of her younger brother Manuel, who happens to be our staple mini bike test rider.
As for modeling, it's something she's been interested in for a while but didn't know where to start. Upon the suggestion of several of her "tire change customers," we decided to reach out. What you see here and on this month's poster is Alyssa's first venture into modeling. What do you think? We think we see more of it in her future.