Phil Nicoletti On Enjoyable Battles, 2023 Yamaha Really feel, & Early Season Bike Modifications



Query: Hey Mr. Phil,
Tomac has stated a pair occasions how a lot lighter and extra agile the brand new Yamaha appears to be. Then each time I hear him waffle by means of one more query of whether or not he’s racing outdoor this 12 months or not, it has had me questioning…
Will the adjustments to the 2023 Yamaha machine which are claimed to have exponentially improved it in SX, really make it a noticeably much less aggressive/snug/steady machine within the nice outdoor? It appears we have had proof of this in Webb’s SX outcomes, after which subsequent MX ‘bike points’ instantly when he will get outdoor.

Is it attainable Tomac is aware of this, and that it might be part of his cause(s) for not doing outdoor? Are the SX/MX bikes THAT a lot totally different aside from stiffer/softer suspension and valving, triple clamps, and so on.? Is it attainable for a single producer to really have ‘the most effective’ platform in SX and MX in the identical 12 months?

Nice experience at A1 by the way in which; you carried out us outdated males proud. Did you discover any ruts? 😉 Dang youngsters are quick today!

Thanks!
Brad W. (woodshed_addict)

Phil Nicoletti: Brad,
Sincere reality from me. I don’t assume it will be the bike that’s retaining Eli from doing outdoor. It will be the 31-race grind that the badass doesn’t need to do anymore. Additionally: DO YOU BLAME HIM? I imply, to maintain what he has been doing is completely insane. It has nothing to do with the bike. I actually imagine it comes right down to if his coronary heart is in it to go for it. If, by this summer time, his coronary heart and thoughts are actually into it, then you will notice him. If it isn’t, then he will likely be searching in Cortez, Colorado. To be sincere with you, if he desires to only name it a profession after this supercross season, I wouldn’t f@&$ing blame him and no person else ought to both. It’s apparent the 2022 Yamaha and Eli gelled rather well. However with Star Racing, Ricky Gilmore, KYB, and everybody behind that motorbike, they might get the brand new bike proper for motocross. Hypothetically, if the bike is 4 % worse than the older mannequin for Eli initially of MX, they might discover that although out the nationals. The one factor retaining Eli from racing MX, is Eli. That’s my opinion. If he does select to race MX, all of us ought to be excited. Even myself, although I have to race the prick. But when he doesn’t race anymore, it’s tremendous. We ought to be excited that we acquired to witness one other nice and what he’s completed in MX.