BEST MOTOCROSSER: Yamaha YZ250F

The comeback kid

Best Motocrosser: Yamaha YZ250F

The absolute best knobby-shredding moto bike on the planet, regardless of displacement. After the gate drops, the only truth is the checkered flag. Read MoreCycle World

It was a vicious debate down to the last minute in 2014 as to whether the YZ250F or Kawasaki KX450F would take the prize. We went KX for all-out speed coupled with surprising rideability from a 450-class machine. But with that green 450 taking a step backward this year and detail refinements improving Yamaha's YZ250F, the tuning-fork bike gets a boost to the top spot. It doesn't hurt that the YZ is totally rideable by just about anybody, while also becoming a mega-successful championship winner in just two years. With Pro Motocross and Supercross West titles to its credit, the YZ250F is the comeback kid of the decade.

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