- By cannonball
The Yamaha YZ250F has won the Dirt Rider 250F MX Shootout four years running since the latest-generation design was released in 2014. During the past four years, the YZ250F engine produced the broadest power in the class, and Yamaha’s decision to remain with a spring fork proved to be a good one as the bike has been widely praised for its excellent suspension in the front and rear. For 2018, Yamaha made a few appearance changes with new graphics and blue rims. Shortly after we took delivery of our bike, we hit LACR for a first ride to see how the YZ250F handled the sandy, jump-filled track.