We are no strangers to the 51Fifty YZ250F bikes. Since
the team made the switch from Honda to Yamaha in 2015,
we have tested one of their bikes each year. In 2015 we
tested Austin Politelli’s YZ250F, and in 2016 we tested
Hayden Mellross’ YZ250F. It has been awesome to see how
the team and bikes have evolved over the past three years.
This small but mighty team is a force to be reckoned with;
they just need a little luck on their side.
Since our test of Hayden Mellross’ bike last year, the
moving pieces within the team have remained the same.
Jamie Ellis’ Twisted Development is still a big part of
the engine program, and SDI Suspension still handles
the team’s forks and shocks. “The biggest changes to the
bike would have to be due to the rider,” said 51Fifty team
manager Craig Monty. “Tyler is a big guy who rides over
the front of the bike. We just keep on making the front
end stiffer and more rigid to cater to his likings. We also
moved the footpegs 5mm back. Other than that, Tyler is
easy to please. He has won before and brings a newfound
confidence to this team.”