Bud Racing fields one of the largest motocross teams in Europe and are well known in America for bringing French riders to America and Americans to Europe—including American Daniel Sanayei, Tristan Charboneau, Mitchell Harrison and others. Bud has a U.S. race shop in Elsinore, California, but their base of operations is in France.
As an official Kawasaki supported race team, Bud Racing also has a thriving development program that brings young French riders up from the minicycle to the 250 classes, both EMX and the French Nationals, but, what Bud noticed was that riders coming off 85cc bikes had a tough time making the jump to a 224-pound KX250F four-stroke.
A few years ago, they were sponsoring young French minicycle star Brian Moreau for the transition from little bike to big bike . That is when Bud Racing had an epiphany — why not have Brian race a full-size KX250F chassis, but with a 125cc two-stroke engine. That way Brian would be riding a familiar two-stroke engine, similar, in the exact chassis that he would eventually in racing in the future. The bike could be raced in the EMX 125 Two-Stroke Championship.
Thus, Bud Racing built this special 125cc two-stroke-powered KX250F. However, there were issues. As an official Kawasaki team, Bud could not find a sufficient supply of Kawasaki KX125 engines, since that model had been discontinued years ago. To make the project work they needed a solid 125cc two-stroke engine for which a large base of hop-up info and a good supply of part was available. The answer? A Yamaha YZ125 engine in a Kawasaki KX250F frame. The YZ125 engine is still in production and technical information abounds.
Of course the YZ125 engine didn’t fit. But Bud was ready for that and built a very special aluminum-framed KX250F to house the YZ125 engine. Here are some of the close-up details of Bud Racing’s KX125 Aluminum Edition.To learn more about Bud Racing go to www.budracing-usa.com or call (951) 245-2660.
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