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I've noticed watching this out door season that overall
at just about every track the 250's are going faster.
Even this weekends final in Lake Elsinore, CA which
is a huge track, most of the top 250's were faster.
Some of the jumps were huge and Jeff Emig said
prior to the race the 450's would have a hard time
making some. The 250 guys looked like they were
jumping further. My thinking is the bigger 450's
with all that power is wearing most out. It's only
the super fit guys that can run them fast for the
whole race like Dungy. More of the 250 class is
going faster at the end.
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I sort of thought that was the thinking behind KTM's 350 but it was a mixed result when it was raced.  When you see the expert riders installing seat bumps to help keep then in place due to the power of the larger motors you have to wonder.  Of course throw in some altitude. hills and sand and there is no substitute for those extra cc's.

Remember back in the open class days when Honda stuck a sensor on the bikes and determined that their top riders were only using full throttle a minimum?  Of course that was the violent big bore two strokes but ...

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Stewart has yet to beat his Anaheim 1 time one a KX 250. His fast lap has stood for quite some time now. It's not unusual for the 250s to be running lap times that are very close to the big bikes.
When I bought my xc250 smoker I looked hard at the 350, the 450 was. Ever a consideration. I wish they would let the smoker 250 run with the 4 strokes, I think they would be pretty close now. And yes, that big bike will wear ya out. David knight is back on a 300 and loves the bike.

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http://www.motoxaddicts.com/2012/05/21/lap-time-comparison-charts-hangtown/

Good article here, the 250 seems to be the way to go, I'm thinking the smaller bike rider may even be a better rider at some point. I am sure someone like Bagget or Tomac could give Dungey a run for his money. The big bike class is going to be awesome next national series. I'm not a big SX fan, the outdoors rocks ! Tracks are brutal.

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