A beautiful cold day at California's Hungry Valley was host to Yamaha's 2005 Pro Racing introduction. The teams introduced were Supercross, Motocross, Off-Road, Road Racing, ATV Racing, Freestyle and Arenacross. The entire roster of Yamaha Team riders made it out to the event including Ty Davis, Nathan Woods, Barry Hawk and Randy Hawkins. The motocross team included David Vuillamen, Tim Ferry, Heath Voss and even Chad Reed who made a rock-star-worthy entrance via helicopter.Not only was it a good opportunity to rub elbows with some of the best riders in the world, it was a fun day for industry and pros alike to take a spin on their Yamaha of choice. The day's activities included the prepped motocross track, an off-road course, a mini track for the TT-Rs and a dyno-drag strip for the knobby-less crowd. The new Yamaha Rhino was even on hand for some test riding, so after breakfast and the '05 team introduction, everyone headed out for some fun.Yamaha also unveiled their all-new TT-R230 (replacing the TT-R225). The pre-production bike was intended for looking-not-touching, but after working some of his Jimmy Lewis charm, Dirt Rider got to test ride Yamaha's newest playbike.
Click here to see the First Impression of the 2005 Yamaha TT-R230.While lunch was being served, the SX team took advantage of the empty I-5 MX track. Those fortunate enough to catch the action got to witness an amazing moto between Chad Reed, Tim Ferry, David Vuillamen, Kelly Smith, Brett Metcalf, Brock Sellards and Danny Smith. Later in the afternoon, an intense TT-R125 session between Tim Ferry, Randy Hawkins, Barry Hawk, Bill Ballance and Jason Raines broke out on the mini track.We caught up with a few of the riders between motos for a quick chat on the upcoming season, how their training is going and what they think of the `05 blue machines: