Honda’s class-leading off-road machinery has again proved its prowess by winning this year’s British Motocross MX1 Championship with the CRF450R, in that hands of PAR Honda’s Brad Anderson.
At Duns circuit in the Scottish borders last weekend, Anderson showed his and the CRF450R’s dominance by taking victory in all three races and, secured his second British MX1 title with Honda with one round of the championship remaining. This also marks Honda’s fourth consecutive British MX1 Championship title.
Honda’s dominance of British MX1 in recent years underlines its winning mentality and a strong commitment to racing, as well as the incredible credentials and performance of the CRF450R, in what is renowned as one of the most competitive domestic off road series in the world.
Anderson’s weapon of choice, the Honda CRF450R, has more than proved its competition pedigree in recent years. The lightest stock machine in its class, it carries these characteristics into motocross race trim, combining lightweight and effortless manoeuvrability with useable power delivery and bulletproof reliability. Not only has it been winning races in national championships across the globe, but has now also become a regular fixture on the podium in the FIM MX1 World Championship as well.
In the MX2 class, the Honda CRF250R also secured a very strong second position in the championship with Pulse Racing DB Honda’s Elliott Banks-Browne, following an extremely competitive championship season – a result which further underlines the prowess of Honda’s CRF off-road machines.
Brad Anderson said, “It went pretty awesome. The conditions were wet and I didn’t imagine I’d come away with three wins but I can’t fault the performance of the team or the awesome CRF450R.”
Exciting updates have been already been announced for three of Honda’s flagship off-road machines for 2012, which sees improved suspension and power to enhance rider confidence and sharpen further the winning edge of these already hugely popular machines.
The class-leading CRF405R and CRF250R machines will be receiving engine updates, improved suspension and wider footpegs, while the CRF150RB will see engine updates for improved power, torque and driveability plus revised suspension to improve action. All three models will sport new Honda Racing-inspired graphics.
The CRF450R has optimised suspension on the front and rear with more rigid fork outer tubes, plus a tough and lightweight Honda Progressive Steering Damper. Combined with the new wider and lighter footpegs, these updates are designed to give riders greater stability on rough terrain and improve steering.
There are several changes on the CRF250R’s power-plant to include an all-new cylinder head and new camshaft for enhanced drivability at low and medium rpm, plus enhanced mid range power and torque feel. Other changes to this lightweight off-roader include new Pro-Link rear suspension linkage for enhanced traction and improved chassis control, new suspension settings and longer and wider footpegs for stable running on rough terrain which together, will further boost rider confidence.
The updates for the CRF150RB will focus on enhanced reliability and durability with a revamped liquid-cooled 149cm³ 4-stroke engine at the forefront of these changes, with stronger power, torque and drivability across a wider rev range the most significant part. Revised suspension settings mean a 37mm inverted Showa front fork and Pro-Link rear suspension system is now in place to deal with bumpy off-road terrain more efficiently.
Honda’s current range of off-road machines start from just £1,200 for the youngster friendly CRF50F mini-bike, with the CRF70F and CRF100F fun off-roaders priced at £1,300 and £1,800 respectively. In the larger off-road machine range, the current and ever popular CRF150RB is available at £3,800, with the competitive CRF250R and CRF450R motocrossers available at £6,500 and £6,600 respectively. The enduro-inspired ‘X’ specification 250 and 450 models are also available at £5,875 and £6,275.
Honda’s latest 2012 three CRF ‘R’ specification machines will be available in September, with the two CRFs in enduro ‘X’ trim available from November. Prices for all five models will be announced closer to the time.