The Yamaha YZ125 truly stands the test of time and now 15 years after its last major update, the bike still has the track credibility to win not just races but championships at any level. It has been a main stay on the podium at junior nationals in recent years and even took out a world championship in 2018.
The Yamaha Active8 Yamalube Racing team are an eccentric bunch of characters. And, the two lead riders, Josh Green and Luke Styke, are the odd couple of the off road world. Two riders are so different in so many ways yet have a common goal in racing and a love for riding dirt bikes that has spanned decades.
Yamaha Motor Australia has a vast bank of knowledge when it comes to motocross coaching. Most states have their own coach in place to cater for riders of all levels and across all off road disciplines and Yamaha continue to work with them to ensure they offer the best possible advice and tuition.
Both were riders at the highest level. Both have managed race teams to great success. Both have been in racing for over 30 years. One is JCR, the other is CDR. Coppins and Dack. Between them there are countless championships around the world, years of experience and a shared passion of dirt bikes.
In 2016, Yamaha celebrated its 60th anniversary and part of that was a travelling road show of famous bikes and people that make up Yamaha and more importantly, Yamaha Australia. Of course, the usual suspects were rolled out, Stephen Gall, Craig Dack and Geoff Ballard but another person was part of that group and has had just as big an impact to Yamaha as each of the names above.
XSRs are not merely a revival of an ancestor or simply vintage-inspired. Each model pays tribute to an iconic motorcycle and design from the company’s rich history, while at the same time offering performance-minded riders the very latest engine and chassis technology.