There’s no tighter competition than the elbow to elbow MX2 class, at amateur or professional level. Honda’s CRF250R has long been a potent weapon to take into battle thanks to its fluid power delivery and honed chassis that balances lightning fast agility with stability.
The CRF250Rs engine and suspension are driven entirely by what Team HRC learn racing week in week out against the world’s best in MXGP.
The 2018 CRF250s performance parameters, in terms of output and handling ability, have been completely revised and elevated with only one aim in mind; to put a winning machine in the hands of those who can win.
The new DOHC engine gives the 2018 CRF250R a 9% power increase with its over-square bore and stroke, bigger valves and revised inlet/exhaust setup makes a hefty 4kW more power up top, for far longer, with extended over-rev and higher redline. Out of the gate, and lap after lap, the 18YM CRF250R is built to pull out an advantage and cut lap times.
The CRF250R’s new fully mass-centralised chassis – identical to the current 18YM CRF450R – can put the extra power to effective use, its geometry and lower centre of gravity drive the rear tyre into the ground harder. This redesign will ensure the CRF250R achieves outstanding hole shot start acceleration and much greater engine performance.
The CRF250R received a major overhaul in 2018 including a brand new DOHC engine, revised geometry including a lower centre of gravity for improved stability and traction as well as a re-designed dual exhaust and intake system.
For 2019, the CRF250R has received further updates, with increased low-to-midrange engine performance for improved corner exiting. Inspired by the factory version, the Double Overhead Cam engine features updated cam profiles and intake- and exhaust-port profiles, a 50mm shorter right exhaust pipe, and a 2mm smaller throttle body.
Riders can select from three engine modes for ideal performance depending on conditions, while HRC launch control has been adopted for improved race-start performance. A Renthal Fatbar handlebar sits in a four-position-adjustable top clamp, while the braking system has been updated with a lighter, CRF450R-inspired caliper with larger piston for optimum braking performance. Black rims are standard.