As of 2020, the Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MX2 team has been using the works version of Yamaha's proven YZ250F, the YZ250FM. The YZ250FM sets the standard for 250cc four-stroke competition motocross bikes.
Yamaha’s racing teams have been putting up the numbers on the YZ250F since 2001 and the bike has been praised for combining the broad-power profile of the four-stroke engine while maintaining the lighter, more maneuverable form of the smaller 125cc bikes.
The YZ250F has seen its share of exciting times in the MX2 category, including an incredible 2005 season where Yamaha Riders’ Antonio Cairoli, Andrew McFarlane and Alessio Chiodi placed first, second and third in the championship riding the YZ250F, and in 2021, with long-time Yamaha rider Maxime Renaux adding to its legacy by winning the FIM Motocross MX2 World Championship ahead of Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MX2 teammate Jago Geerts.
With over a decade and a half of real world racing experience and a constantly evolving engineering philosophy behind it, a new generation of YZ250F was launched in 2018, complete with an electric start engine. Additionally, the overhauled YZ250F is narrower and more compact, offering extra stability and control over rough terrain, which makes for better braking and even greater traction. The power delivery is more linear, meaning the bike has a smooth power delivery and acceleration is optimized.
Now almost two decades later, the competitiveness of the YZ250F, both Factory and standard versions of the bike, has been proven with Yamaha winning the MX2 Manufacturer’s World Championship in ’05, 07, ’20, ’21 and ’22.