Of all the 2018 450s, the Kawasaki was the only bike that, aside from bold new graphics, was unchanged from the previous year. When I picked up the bike after the shootout, the bike only had around 10 hours on it. I rode my local track, Pala Raceway, a couple of times and set the bike up on the stiffer side for the bigger jumps and relatively smooth layout. A few weeks later, I raced A Day in the Dirt at Glen Helen Raceway. The race was 45 minutes and the Grand Prix-style race was fast paced and rough.