The bike itself was a little noisier than the stock 2020 bikes we were riding, (The CDR race bike was a 2019 YZ450F) not in terms of engine note, it just sounded noisier internally, the first thing I noticed was the smell, it smelt different which I quickly realised was the race gas this bike was running compared to the pump gas in the production bikes.
The motor power-wise did not feel noticeably different, most likely because I was not turning the throttle anywhere near as far or as fast as possible, I was quite happy just enjoying my moment on a bike I thought I could only dream of throwing a leg over.
I didn't even notice just how hard the suspension was, it felt good, a little harsh when I three quarter jumped the uphill step up! But not crazy firm. It was not until I immediately jumped of Gibbs race bike and back on to the 2020 production bike that the difference was noticeable. The production bike felt like super soft when I got back on it; it was a bit of shock to the system.
It was a cool moment for sure, one that I won't soon forget, but it did get me thinking that it would be quite interesting to take this bike, or one of the factory race bikes and spend a day on a track that I knew and felt comfortable on and compare it against a stock production bike... Maybe one day... Maybe!