Jacob Wright recently signed with CDR (Craig Dack Racing) Yamaha, for the 2015 MX Nationals season. Wright rode with CDR as a guest rider in the closing rounds of the 2014 season and impressed
Jacob Wright’s 2015 CDR Yamaha YZ450F
With Wright and fellow recruit, Kade Mosig, on the CDR roster for 2015, we thought we would give the 2015 CDR weapon a run to see how it shapes up heading into the new season.
CDR is one of the most successful race team’s around, with countless championships and race wins. Yamaha make extremely good bikes, but are generally on par with the other manufacturers.
It’s what happens behind closed doors at CDR Yamaha that makes the difference. The research and development program is second to none and CDR’s experience in winning championships is top notch.
For this reason I was very much looking forward to testing the latest version of CDR’s racers, the 2015 Yamaha YZ450F. I had ridden the production version of the bike only weeks before at Yamaha’s official launch at Queensland Moto Park so I had a good idea of how the stock bike performed on the track.
After riding and testing many of the 2014 MX1 factory bikes here in Australia, along with Chad Reed’s TwoTwo Motorsports Kawasaki KX450F at his test track in Florida, I was very keen to throw a leg over Jacob Wright’s CDR Yamaha to complete the puzzle.
After testing Jay Marmont’s Penrite Honda CRF450R at the Nunawading and District MCC in Victoria I decided that this would be a good place to put the Yamaha through its paces. There are some tricky whoops and decent jumps that would give me a good gauge as to where the CDR Yamaha fitted in.
The track was watered and prepped for us, with a few slick spots. The sun was shining and it would only be a matter of time before the track tacked up into some nice loam.
After throwing on some fresh riding gear it was time to have a sit on the bike and make any minor adjustments needed. CDR technician Brad McAlpine had been my race mechanic in years past and his memory served him well, enabling him to set up the ’bar and levers so I didn’t need to touch a thing. So with a quick throw on of the helmet, goggles and gloves it was time to head out.
To see what I thought of the bike, then you’ll have to go and pick up a copy of the March issue of ADB (#426), which hits the newsstands on Monday 2nd February. Don’t miss it!
Jacob Wright recently signed with CDR (Craig Dack Racing) Yamaha, for the 2015 MX Nationals season. Wright rode with CDR as a guest rider in the closing rounds of the 2014 season and impressed with a number of podium finishes.