Yamaha’s 2023 YZ450F may very well have been the most anticipated new bike of the year and for good reason. The 2022 version ranked highly amongst most all media outlets, on the race track, and with consumers. With a big change looming, most were hoping the bLU cRU wouldn’t take a step back; however, our First Impressions late last year left us feeling good about the new bike. It’s now April and we just spotted our first look at a 2023 YZ450F in the hands of an off-road Pro. Trevor Stewart, riding for Purvines Racing Yamaha, decided to use this year as one big test session as he rebuilds from a wrist injury. First impressions are favorable for the former national champ, and overall, he feels it’s an improvement over his 2022 machine he spent all of last year racing and developing.
Between Trevor and his dad Brad, much of this bike is a homemade effort at the moment as parts are scarce, and the rest of the team is still focusing on the 2022 YZ450F/FX’s. Nonetheless, let’s take a look at what the Stewart’s deemed necessary to go off-road racing on the new whip.
Since the bike is still so new, there isn’t a ton done to this machine. However, Trevor felt comfortable enough to race on it and says in many ways, it’s better than the 2022. We’re looking to swing a leg over this bike in the coming weeks and give you an idea of how it handles, and possibly even compare it to his 2022 race bike in the process.
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