Apparently the engine specs got changed in the newer 00 wr250's. Mine, which was one of the last 00 wr250's feels pretty much the same as the 01 model in terms of power.
Gotta agree about the husky 4 strokes. Around here they're generating much more interest than the crf or rfs. 3 diehard 2 stroke guys in my local club are putting deposits on the 02 te400 (I'm one of them:)).