Multi Dakar winner and Yamaha rally legend Stephane Peterhansel was on hand at St Jean D'Angely for the Motocross of Nations last weekend to unveil the 2012 WR450F enduro motorcycle in public for the first time.
The Frenchman took advantage of a small gap in the busy timetable at the traditional season-closing event to ride the new bike up onto display in front of a generous section of the estimated 68,000 crowd. Peterhansel then chatted about the light sensation and nimbleness of the WR. This was hardly surprising considering the brand new fuel injected 450cc engine has been bolted into a fresh 250 class bilateral beam frame.
With the high-torque five-valve powerplant nestling in this small and compact chassis the onus has been on delivering maximum tractability and performance with a feeling of light, fast and fun riding. The 2012 WR450F could not have asked for a better endorsement than Stephane's and on one of the most important off-road racing stages.