Despite missing the 250 Four-Stroke Motocross Shootout in 2021 due to it arriving later in the year, GasGas’ MC 250F still came into the 2022 comparison with plenty of momentum being that it shares so much in common with the high-placing KTM 250 SX-F. Prior to rounding out the podium in this year’s 250F Motocross Shootout, we ran the MC 250F on our in-house dyno for the first time.
In its debut run, the red Austrian racer pumped out 39.5 hp at 13,500 rpm and 18.8 pound-feet of torque at 9,100 rpm. Those numbers place the GasGas tied with the Kawasaki KX250 for third in peak horsepower and tied with the Husqvarna FC 250 for runner-up in maximum torque. The MC 250F is relatively weak lower in the rpm range though, specifically from 3,500 rpm to 6,000 rpm, where there’s a significant dip in the curve.
Thankfully, the dip isn’t all that noticeable on the track and many test riders had great things to say about the GasGas powerplant. “The MC 250F has a slower revving engine, but still with great power!” Tanner Basso said. “It’s pretty mellow all the way through the rpm range, but really shines in the midrange to top-end.”