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2022 YZ Range released

Yamaha Motor New Zealand is pleased to announce the expansion of Yamaha’s benchmark-setting two-stroke motocross lineup for 2022.



The 2022 two-stroke YZs are highlighted by a new version of the race-bred YZ125. This marks the first full model change for the revered junior race model in more than 15 years and positions it back at the top of the 125cc two-stroke class by offering a blend of race-winning performance and real-world usability. Features include a powerful new 125cc two-stroke engine, improved suspension, updated brakes, enhanced ergonomics, and new modern YZ styling. Yamaha’s flagship YZ250 two-stroke receives a number of enhancements and both models will also be available in Monster Energy Yamaha Racing Edition colours. Other notable changes to Yamaha’s lineup of race-ready two strokes include an improved YZ85/LW model. Yamaha’s four-stroke MX models YZ250F and YZ450F receive lightened rear wheel and drivetrain assemblies to further improve their class leading handling.

And the MY22 YZ65 entry-level racer remains unchanged from MY21 except for updated Team Yamaha Blue embedded graphics with a RRP incl GST of $7,199.

Pricing correct at time of publication 9th July 2021.




New 2022 YZ125

The new 2022 YZ125 represents an important evolution in Yamaha’s two-stroke lineage. As the first full model change to the iconic model in more than 15 years, Yamaha engineers put considerable thought into developing a motorcycle that would be both dominant on the racetrack and user-friendly for developing riders looking to bridge the gap between recreation riding and competitive motocross. The result is a significantly improved YZ125.


The liquid-cooled 125cc two-stroke engine has been thoroughly reworked to produce more power. Every functional part of the 2022 YZ125 engine is new, including the cylinder body, cylinder head, piston, piston pin, connecting rod, crankcase and expansion chamber.

It all adds up to increased power across the mid- to high-rpm range. Enhancing fuelling and power delivery, a new high-precision Hitachi Astemo Keihin PWK38S carburettor with throttle position sensor and 3D-map-controlled CDI unit provide clean, crisp throttle response and superior rideability. A new intake design with VForce4 carbon reed valve leads to a more efficient draw of air into the engine for an improved feeling of power in the low rpm range.

To match increased engine performance, an updated lightweight braking system features larger front pistons, a more rigid caliper, a redesigned 270mm front rotor with a 30% increase in pad contact area and higher friction pad material, all combining to provide exceptional braking power and feel.

A redesigned rear rotor maintains the same braking power while dropping outer diameter from 245mm to 240mm, reducing unsprung weight without compromising performance. Taking the YZ125's category-defining suspension and handling characteristics to a new level, front and rear suspension damping has been revised to further improve bump absorption and cornering performance. Best-in-class KYB suspension includes an inverted front fork, now with new fork internals for more precise damping.

A new flatter seat and more narrow fuel tank design, along with smoothly integrated body panels and slimmer radiator shroud width all combine to enable greater freedom of movement forward and back, allowing the rider to easily shift body weight for increased control and confidence.

YZ125 will be available in Team Yamaha Blue or Monster Energy Yamaha Racing Edition with premium embedded graphics to ensure outstanding durability and scratch resistance.

RRP INCL GST $11,399 for Team Yamaha Blue and $11,499 for Monster Energy Yamaha Racing Edition.

Pricing correct at time of publication 9th July 2021.




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