The Honda CRF450RW is the works machine developed by Team HRC’s engineers and the technical might of Honda Racing Corporation and Honda’s R&D department in Japan. It’s a masterpiece of engineering efficiency and performance, and the 2018 bike is the latest evolution of the 2016 World Championship-winning machine, based upon the all-new-for-2017 CRF450RW.
Development moved as fast as the bike’s pace on track in 2014 when HRC returned to MXGP as a factory effort, and five race victories ensued, four of those coming as the season drew to its close. With an intensive programme of further development over the winter, the 2015 bike proved to be a winner again, and finished second and third in the world. In 2016, HRC’s three-year plan was realised when Tim Gajser took his CRF450RW to the World Championship title – Honda’s first in 16 years. At the end of the 2016 season, the all-new 2017 CRF450RW was also debuted, first by Evgeny Bobryshev at the final two rounds of the season, and then also by Gajser at the SMX Riders’ Cup where he took the new bike’s first moto win.
In the 2017 MXGP season, Tim Gajser continued the new machines’s success with eight moto victories, including overall Grand Prix wins in Argentina, Mexico and Sweden, and he and teammate Evgeny Bobryshev scored nine podiums throughout the season.
The lightest stock machine in its class, it carries these characteristics into motocross race trim following Honda’s ethos of mass centralisation, combining light weight and effortless manoeuvrability with useable power delivery. Its slim proportions feature finely tuned aerodynamics and a low centre of gravity for greater control in the air.
The factory versions of the machine are shod with Pirelli tyres and Showa’s SFF Air TAC suspension, and a number of custom performance parts such as billet titanium footpegs, titanium bolts to reduce weight, factory-spec cylinder head and camshaft, and custom US-Yoshimura exhausts.
The Honda CRF has remarkable motorsport lineage and is a force to be reckoned with across all off-road disciplines.
In the MX2 category of the FIM Motocross World Championship, Gajser took the first of his back-to-back titles in 2015 on his CRF250RW, marking a motocross milestone for Honda and HRC.
In the Dakar rally, the new Honda CRF450 RALLY has been delivering remarkable performances since 2014, and has taken stage wins and led the infamous event in 2016, 2017 and 2018. In the Enduro World Championship, Redmoto’s campaign is successfully building upon past successes such as Alex Salvini’s 2013 World Championship title aboard his CRF450R, Giacomo Redondi’s EJ World Championship crown in 2016 and Davide Soreca’s second place in the EJ World Championship in 2017.
At the other end of the spectrum, the CRF150R provides the ideal first step in a 4-stroke motocross career, and Honda 150 European Championship graduates like Alberto Forato are now blossoming, becoming the next generation of winners in the highly-competitive EMX250 class.
|Engine||Liquid-cooled 4-stroke 4-valve OHC single|
|Bore x Stroke||96.0 x 62.1|
|Max Power||Restricted Information|
|Fuel System||Fuel Injection|
|Exhaust & Air filter||US Yoshimura / Twin Air|
|Final Drive (Chain)||D.I.D 520 ERT2|
|Wheels & Tyres||D.I.D Dirt Star/Pirelli|
|Fuel Capacity||Restricted Information|