Yamaha’s WR250F has been completely revised for 2020 to maintain its status as the machine of choice for E1 enduro racers and super fast trail riders.
Originally launched as a 2001 model, the high performance quarter litre enduro racer was developed for Australian conditions by legendary ISDE competitor Geoff Ballard alongside YMA enduro riders Steven Cotterell and Peter Payne. The current model retains its antipodean connection by continuing development under Peter Payne with assistance from former world MX rider Josh Coppins.
An instant sales success, WR250F soon carved a name for itself as the fastest way through tight sections of bush known as singletrack. The Bush Scalpel, or Singletrack Express as it became known, continued to evolve alongside its all conquering YZ250F MX cousin.
And now for 2020, WR250F is closer than ever to the industry leading YZ250F and the cross-country racing YZ250FX. All three models are based on the same platform but with significant differences that suit the type of riding for which they have been designed.
The goal for the new WR250F was to provide superior handling and increased steering precision while retaining high speed stability. And to create a slimmer and lower machine that inspires more confidence with a lighter feeling.
Thorough testing has revealed that the new machine has surpassed this goal by allowing super easy direction changes with high levels of manoeuvrability. Power is stronger at all levels and delivered in a linear fashion with excellent traction characteristics.
In short, the 2020 WR250F is now even better at what it has always been best at – carving through singletrack like a hot knife through butter.