The Factory Suzuki MXGP team has already released pictures and, with Suzuki’s blessing, announced that the bikes
they are racing in the MXGP will in fact be the 2018 production RM-Z450s—minus all the factory bling, of course.
The bikes that Yohei Kojima and Kouichi Fukaya piloted at
round one of the All Japanese Motocross Championship
were slightly different from what the MXGP team is running.
The bike that QC snapped pictures of at Kyushu features
an all-new chassis and swingarm that is rumored to deliver
a plusher, more rider-friendly feel all around. The big news
is that Suzuki has finally updated the overall look of its 450,
making it appear completely different from previous mod-
els. The signature aluminum gas tank that has adorned the
>Every year around this time the rumor mill starts to heat up with outlandish stories about what will be production for next year’s motorcycles. Amid the
TMZ-type gossip, there is always some truth that emerges.
The most reliable place for solid information is round one
of the All Japanese Motocross Championship. This year the
series kicked off at Kyushu MX Park in Kumamoto, Japan.
We have formed a strategic alliance with a person on the
ground in Japan we call “QC” for their protection. The spy
photos that were taken are priceless and give us a glimpse
of what is to come in 2018.