Racing 2022 Outdoor Pro Nationals on YZ250 2 Stroke - Millville/Washougal Update

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6/16/2022 8:35 AM

Hey everyone!

It seemed like a lot of people liked the last few videos I have shared on here so I figured I would start a thread to share my experiences while trying to take on racing at the highest level on the trusty 2 stroke! My dad also made a thread on here for people to follow along with us on our privateer journey back when I first turned pro in 2014 and people really seemed to enjoy the insight so I wanted to give everyone the chance to follow along again, except for this time it should be a much better experience since we are doing it 2 stroke style!

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Here is the setup, nothing fancy but it's all we need to get us to where we need to go! I was supposed to travel with a good friend Brandon Scharer in his sprinter van for the summer but he ended up with a compression fracture to his back after Pala so I've had to improvise and hit the road myself! I also was supposed to have a race motor and race suspension to use and unfortunately I had a sponsor back out so I am doing it on my own setup with some light head and cylinder work, vForce reeds, and an FMF pipe and silencer. Up until last week I was planning on using stock suspension since it's all I had, but luckily one of the trainers at South of the Border, Matt Toth, ended up loaning me some Enzo forks to use. Still have the stock shock on there but with the help of the guys at SOBMX I think we have it set up pretty dang good all things considered! I also ended up separating my shoulder about a month ago at the Justin Brayton Shootout in Iowa so I am coming in a little behind where I'd like to be as far as time on the bike, but I am excited to see what I have and build into it throughout the summer. We have hit quite a few roadblocks during our preparation for the summer but it's nothing I've never dealt with before and I've learned to just roll with the punches and do what you can with what you have!


This video is kind of an intro to what we are trying to do this summer. My girlfriend and I are going to try to vlog the experience, we've never done it before but we figured this would be a great time to try. Also in this video I tried to put together some racing highlights from the last year and a half or so on the 2 stroke just to show you guys what we are trying to bring to the table this summer! Won't be anything super professional or with expensive cameras or production, but it will show you guys the experience and hopefully be entertaining as well!

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Here's some clips from last week at SOBMX doing some testing on the new suspension setup I'm going to be running. I was also trying to test out my recently injured shoulder to see if it would be good enough to race, but luckily I felt really good and should be good to go for Saturday at High Point!

As of now I am planning on hitting High Point, Red Bud, Millville, Unadilla, Budds Creek, and Ironman if everything works out! I've been racing strictly locally for a number of years and I'm beyond excited to get back behind the gate at the top level and I'm even more excited to be doing it on the 2 stroke. The YZ250 is my favorite bike I've ever had and by far the most comfortable I've been on a bike so I can't wait to see what it can do.

I would like to thank all of the people that have helped make this possible for me this year. In a time of uncertainty with what all is going on in the world it means a lot to me that people were still willing to support me and I appreciate it more than I could explain! Thank you to:

My Mom & Dad
My Girlfriend
HBi Auto
Dean Hushon Insulation
South of the Border MX
Yamaha
Freedom MX
Real Ink Graphics
Fox
FMF
Victory Sports
Miserable Clothing
The Radcliff's
Greg Colescott
Donnie Luce
David Braswell
Matt Toth
Ryan Cunha
Chris Reisenberg
The Strader Family
Brad Godfrey

Thank you so much to everyone that has offered encouragement and all the kind words on the things I have posted on here, can't wait to bring show you all the 2 stroke experience this summer!
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6/16/2022 8:37 AM

Awesome! Good luck to you and hopefully we see you at Budds!

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6/16/2022 8:42 AM

Awesome. I'll look for you this weekend at HP. Bike looks great, btw.

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6/16/2022 8:47 AM

I'll look for you at High Point.

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6/16/2022 8:50 AM

Nice, def will be following!

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6/16/2022 8:58 AM

Good luck. Have fun. Great to see someone flying the two-stroke flag at the nationals.

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6/16/2022 9:14 AM

Good luck, sick bike!! Have fun, stay safe!

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6/16/2022 9:48 AM

Can't wait for this, wish all the best. That would be great if you could get FPV of the racing using a chest cam like Jeff walker does.

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2020 YZ250
2003 Buell XB9S
1967 Yamaha Bushmaster

6/16/2022 10:22 AM

I thought the YZ250 was no longer homologated for pro racing. Ill keep an eye on your results for sure

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6/16/2022 10:30 AM

Sheriff245 wrote:

I thought the YZ250 was no longer homologated for pro racing. Ill keep an eye on your results for sure

The 2022 YZ 250 is homologated.

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"Sorry Goose, but it's time to buzz the tower."

6/16/2022 11:01 AM

That is awesome keep the videos going, would also like to se a bit more of the travel to the races and all through the race day not just bike riding!

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6/16/2022 11:05 AM

The more 2 strokes the better
GOID LUCK !!!

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6/16/2022 11:33 AM

Love to see it, followed your IG after the videos on here, hope it's as good as it can be and you enjoy it out there man 👍

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6/16/2022 11:34 AM

My son and I just started over the last month or so watching Matt's videos on YT. So fun to watch him work the 450s on the 2T! Great rider!! Good luck and see you at High Point! Let it eat!

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6/16/2022 11:36 AM

Hell yes!! I’ll pop in the pits at Redbud and say hi. Best of luck rippin this year! 💨💨

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2011 Yamaha YZ 250 -MX
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6/16/2022 11:37 AM

Awesome, Good luck👍

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6/16/2022 11:51 AM

Lets Go Matty B! Will be rooting for ya

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6/16/2022 11:55 AM

My new hero. I'll be rooting for ya!

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Braaapin' aint easy.

6/16/2022 11:57 AM

Have fun dude, and good luck!

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6/16/2022 12:03 PM

Awesome, Matt!!!

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Brennan- "Didn't you read the rules?"

6/16/2022 12:15 PM

Nice riding. It made me want to break out the yz250 right now. Best of luck to you.

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I don't have to be as smart as you hope to be some day anymore. wink

6/16/2022 12:35 PM

Stoked to see you out there. Guarantee no one will have more fun... at least until the 20 minute mark when you might wish you were still just chasing the local purse races!

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6/16/2022 5:38 PM

Looking forward to seeing the YZ out at Redbud, and shame to hear about losing the race motor!

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6/16/2022 6:13 PM

Look how good a 250 looks on the track. Hands down the best mx bike ever made. You are moving man, pulling for yah!

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6/16/2022 6:13 PM

Awesome racing content. Good luck at High Point. Subscribed!

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6/16/2022 6:36 PM

Sheriff245 wrote:

I thought the YZ250 was no longer homologated for pro racing. Ill keep an eye on your results for sure

-MAVERICK- wrote:

The 2022 YZ 250 is homologated.

Maverick is correct, but the catch was that only the 2022 was homologated and 2022 YZ250's have not been easy to come by, but luckily Donnie Luce from Yamaha was a huge help in helping find me a bike. Donnie has been great to me since I was on 85's and I really appreciate his help! I had 2 2020 models and for a while thought I was going to be out of luck until Donnie helped out. Hopefully I can make the bike look good!

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6/16/2022 6:39 PM

sebastianer wrote:

That is awesome keep the videos going, would also like to se a bit more of the travel to the races and all through the race ...more

That's the goal! I want to take you guys through the entire experience from the minute I leave the house tomorrow morning. I haven't ever tried to vlog before but I think it should be entertaining without us having to act any different for the cameras so hopefully you all enjoy!

And thank you everyone, If you're going to be at any of the races I am hitting then please come find me to chat! Would love to meet some of you guys and get to know some of the people cheering me on!

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6/16/2022 6:43 PM

I’d be really interested, and I don’t know if Matt even knows yet or will answer, but outside of the cost of buying the bike etc. What sort of budget does a privateer need per round to do this?

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6/16/2022 6:54 PM

Outstanding! Good luck will be cheering for you!

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6/16/2022 7:38 PM

Hell ya bro send it

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Alright Lunger, Let's Do It