Following DITD, the CRF450R began a regular routine of practice motos at the hands of expert test rider Jimmy Roberts, who played with the suspension settings in an attempt to find the perfect combination of high-speed performance and low-speed comfort. Roberts’ two home tracks—Antelope Valley MotoPlex and Los Angeles County Raceway—offered two distinctly different experiences. The Honda loved the big jumps and smooth, hard-packed dirt at AV, allowing Jimmy to run 37 psi in the fork for better bump absorption and bottoming resistance. The straight-line stability issues we experienced during the shootout were not as much of an issue here, mainly due to the lack of chop on the track. However, down the road at LACR, the CRF450R was put to the test in some of the biggest sand whoops in Southern California. On high-speed sections of the track, the bike suffered slightly from headshake when pushed hard into turns and down the track’s big center hill. But in the tight, twisty flat sections, the Honda stayed connected, settled, and extremely responsive to direction changes, impressing us with its performance over deep, slow, cupped-out bumps.