MOTOCROSS ACTION MID-WEEK REPORT
Rider: Christian Craig
Event: 2023 Houston Supercross
Photog: Brian Converse
TWO-STROKE SPOTLIGHT | ZACH MORRIS’ 2002 CR250 & 2010 YZ250
“Here it is! My 2000/2002 CR250. I purchased this bike a year ago as one of my next two-stroke rebuild bikes, over the past several years that’s become a hobby, and unfortunately, I spend more time rebuilding than I do riding bikes.
“This bike started out as a hamburgered 2002 CR 250, with a cracked exhaust bridge, worn out clutch, and rusty bearings. Every bearing in the chassis was replaced, the suspension was rebuilt front and rear with springs that matched my weight, a full bottom and top-end rebuild was completed with a repaired and Nikasil’ed cylinder.
“When I was done I had a bike that handled wonderfully, but still had the dreaded RC valve engine. Prior to this I had rebuilt a 2010 YZ250 two-stroke that I couldn’t keep my buddy from buying off me, I was in search of another bike that could rival the engine of that YZ. After a few minor mods the CR ran better, but still had a mid-range only engine that went waa-waa-waa on the bottom just as described by MXA back in the day.
“I decided to try another avenue and was able to sell the rebuilt engine online, the same day it sold I came upon a 2000 engine needing rebuilt that had a Eric Gorr 265 top end that hadn’t been run.
“It was a fairly simple swap, and with the 2000 CR engine, the bike rips! We’re heading out this weekend to compare it to the 2010 YZ as well as an older generation KX250. All three bikes are off of fresh rebuilds and it should be a fun comparison. Previously that YZ was unmatched and my brothers 1999 KX had preferable power when compared to the CR, at this point I think the CR will be on par with the YZ engine, may have an edge in handling and only be giving up some very minor suspension advantages to the Yamaha.
Long live the two-strokes!” –Zach Morris
Editor’s note: Please keep those submissions coming. If you would like your bike to be featured in the “Two-Stroke Spotlight,” please email me at [email protected]. All I ask is that you give a breakdown of your bike and a detailed description of the build. Please also send a few photos of your steed. By submitting your bike for the “Two-Stroke Spotlight,” you agree to release all ownership rights to the images and copy to MXA.
ALEX MARTIN HAS HIS OWN MXA COLUMN ABOUT TRAINING & IT IS FANTASTIC
You thought we were going to give you his first article without subscribing first? It is too good to just give away. After Alex retired he teamed up with his trainer and started a training company called Troll Training. They have different programs that fit each rider. Check them out at www.trolltraining.com
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MXA QUOTE OF THE WEEK // KEN ROCZEN ON HIS RM-Z450 AT THE HOUSTON SUPERCROSS
“I wasn’t really feeling that comfortable on the track. All day we were trying a lot of different things on the bike. It’s tough going out there with something new all the time. Nonetheless, the team has been giving it an amazing effort and everyone is on board and trying very hard. So tonight was not really our night, but I don’t want to bury my head in the sand. We’re going to go back to Florida this week, the whole team’s coming out and I’m looking forward to some more work and to get back to it next week in Tampa.”
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MXPERTS // WILL MY VP T2 GO BAD?
I need your expert advice. I started using VP T2 in my modified YZ250, which I love, but my question is about what happens when the weather turns cold. Will the premix oil in T2 separate the oil and gas when it gets very cold in my garage?
No. There are no castor oils or other ingredients that will be affected by cold weather in T2. The pre-mix oil added to T2 is a high-quality, brand-name, synthetic, two-stroke oil that will not separate. We would, however, make sure to keep your T2 in its sealed metal can—especially since it is summer and it is a long time until cold weather sets in. If you only have 2 gallons in the 5-gallon metal can transfer the fuel to a smaller container that will leave less air space above the fuel.
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CLASSIC PHOTO BLAST OF SHAE BENTLEY IN 2001
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