Star Racing Mechanic Explains Special YZ250F Part
Earlier this summer, Levi Kitchen added a unique part to his bike. Mounted to Monster Energy/Star Racing/Yamaha YZ250F was a set of Stegpegz, a product that’s meant to reduce arm pump and fatigue during a moto but is rarely seen in pro racing.
First designed by Australian Stephen Smith, the no-frills rubber pucks help a rider’s legs stay in place when they hammer across whoops, accelerate out of corners, or take off from jumps.
Star Racing admits they were skeptical of the mailorder parts, but when Kitchen claimed a moto win at Thunder Valley, others on the squad took notice and connected with the Australian group. A summer of unplanned R&D helped the mechanics design cleaner mounts and install thicker pucks, while riders like Kitchen and Nate Thrasher found new ways to control the motorcycle.
So, is this a soon-to-be copied speed secret? Star Racing mechanic Christian Kauffman spent plenty of time tailoring the part to his rider’s liking and saw first-hand the difference it makes, but was sure to point out that Stegpegz might not be for everyone.