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News, releases, events, and updates from the off-road industry.

Can-Am ATV Racers Tally Three Wins and Nine Podiums At Mtn. Dew ATV MX Nationals

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Valcourt, Québec, April 17, 2013 – Can-Am® ATV racers earned two overall class victories and nine podium finishes at round two of the 2013 Mtn. Dew ATV Motocross National Championship series, sanctioned by the AMA, held at Muddy Creek in Blountville, Tenn. BCS Performance / Can-Am Pro Josh Creamer finished fourth in the Pro class. At the New England ATV Motocross (NEATV-MX) series opener in Wallkill, N.Y., Can-Am DS 450™ racer Travis Moore won both the Pro and Pro-Am classes. “Overall, it was good weekend for Can-Am ATV racers at Muddy Creek in Tennessee. Although Josh Creamer just missed the Pro class podium, we had three riders in the top 10 in both the Pro and Pro-Am classes. We also had three amateur racers win their respective classes on the DS 450,” said Jimmie O’Dell, Race Manager, Can-Am. “I am proud of the way Travis Moore raced in his Can-Am DS 450 debut in the NEATV series. It’s never easy to win two Pro-level classes and he did just that.”

Yamaha “Assembled in USA” Rhino Sweepstakes Runs Through May 31

All Funds go to Honored American Veterans Afield and Feed The Children
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CYPRESS, Calif. – April 16, 2013 – Yamaha Motor Corp., U.S.A., is running an “Assembled in USA” Rhino sweepstakes to raise funds and awareness for Honored American Veterans Afield and Feed the Children.  Each $5 donation via online entry (www.yamahaoutdoors.com/rhinoforcharity) serves as a chance to win a new Tactical Black Special Edition Rhino 700 FI. This is Yamaha’s second “Assembled in USA” Sweepstakes.  This year’s contest was launched at the Shooting, Hunting, Outdoor Trade Show (SHOT Show), the largest outdoors industry trade show, and the sweepstakes will run through May 31 with Yamaha selling tickets onsite at the NRA Show in St. Louis May 3-5. 

Bobcat and Polaris co-developed commercial utility vehicles

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To celebrate the launch of the first Bobcat and Polaris co-developed commercial utility vehicles, Bobcat Executives Richard Goldsbury, Mike Ballweber, Chuck Krause and Brad Claus joined Polaris Executives Bennett Morgan, David Longren and Marc Tullemans, at Polaris’ assembly plant in Milford, Iowa to see the first vehicles roll off the assembly line. The vehicles, branded as Bobcat 3600 and 3650, and Polaris BRUTUS™ models, are the outcome of a strategic alliance formed in 2009 between the two companies. The celebration concluded with lunch for the teams responsible for developing and assembling the new vehicles.

Rick Zimmerman joins Dunlop as OE Account Executive

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Buffalo, NY: Rick Zimmerman has joined Dunlop as Original Equipment  Account Executive, Motorcycle Tire. For the past 11 years, Zimmerman has worked in a number of automotive OEM Sales and Program Management positions with ever increasing responsibility. Zimmerman holds a Bachelor's Degree in Finance from The University of Akron, lives with his wife and son in Akron, Ohio, and is an avid motorcycle enthusiast and rider.“We’re very happy to have Rick on our team,” said Mike Buckley, Senior VP Sales/Marketing & R&D. “Rick has a tremendous amount of experience on the OE side of the business, and his expertise as well as hands-on riding experience will help us make our already strong OE program even stronger.”

KYMCO USA Title Sponsor of Rally On The Rocks

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Spartanburg, S.C. – KYMCO USA is the official title sponsor of the Rally On The Rocks side-by-side vehicle jamboree to be held May 15-18 in beautiful Moab, Utah. In its fourth year, Rally On The Rocks offersparticipants four days worth of riding their personal side-by-side vehicle along more than 15 of the most spectacular slick rock trails in the world. Some routes are casual and scenic while others are technically demanding. A highly qualified guide with an intimate knowledge of the area leads each daylong excursion. 

Yamaha Introduces New Pressure Washer

3,000 PSI Power Tool Perfect for Motorsports, Marine, Construction, and Home use
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Kennesaw, Ga. – (April 4, 2013) – Yamaha Motor Corp., U.S.A.’s outdoor power equipment division announced today its new Yamaha PW3028 Pressure Washer, building on its trusted generator line to bring heavy duty cleaning equipment to motorsports, outdoor, marine and recreational activities. The 3,000 PSI pressure washer has 2.8 gallons per minute of flow for cleaning requirements frequent users demand, combined with unique features such as a five-in-one nozzle tip, a fold-flat handle for storage and maintenance-free, non-pneumatic wheels to handle any terrain.The pressure washer is powered by a powerful 192cc, four-stroke Yamaha engine and backed by a factory three-year warranty. The product will be available at Yamaha Outdoor Power Equipment dealers mid-April with a $749 manufacturer’s suggested retail price.

Polaris Acquires Aixam Mega

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 MINNEAPOLIS (April 11, 2013) — Polaris Industries Inc. (NYSE:  PII) today announced the acquisition of A.M. Holding S.A.S., which operates under the name Aixam Mega S.A.S., a privately owned company based in Aix-les-Bains, France which manufactures and sells enclosed on-road quadricycles and light duty commercial vehicles in Europe.   The acquisition of Aixam Mega significantly strengthens Polaris’ existing small vehicle portfolio, which includes GEM and Goupil vehicles, and enhances the profitability and growth potential of Polaris in the EMEA region.“Aixam Mega is an excellent fit with Polaris and offers a unique opportunity for us to expand our small vehicle platform and accelerate international growth,” said Scott Wine, Polaris Chairman and CEO.  “We are committed to positioning Polaris as a global leader in the growing small vehicle market and this investment reaffirms Polaris’ commitment to building a global business capable of delivering long-term, profitable growth.  Consistent with our recently announced plan to build a new manufacturing facility in Opole, Poland, the Aixam Mega business acquisition is indicative of our confidence in EMEA to be a contributor to Polaris’ pursuit of productivity, innovation and growth. ”  

Can-Am ATV Racers Win Five GNCC Morning Classes

Miller Brothers Earn Three Podiums at Round Two of TORN
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Valcourt, Québec, April 10, 2013 – Can-Am® 4x4 ATV racers earned seven of the top 12 overall morning finishes, won a total of five classes and earned all 15 possible class podium positions at round three of the 2013 Amsoil Grand National Cross Country (GNCC) in Morganton, N.C. JB Racing / Can-Am DS 450™ Pro Jarrod McClure earned fifth in the XC1 ATV Pro class. At round two of the Texas Off-Road Nationals (TORN) in Paradise, Texas, Louis Powersports / Can-Am racer Cody Miller won the Pro ATV class and his teammate and Maverick™ 1000R X® rs pilot Hunter Miller took second in the UTV Expert class.“Our Can-Am ATV racers had a great Saturday at the Steele Creek GNCC in North Carolina, winning all five 4x4 classes and, once again, sweeping the morning 4x4 podium. Michael Swift notched his first U2 class win aboard the Renegade® 800R X xc while defending 4x4 Open class champion Bryan Buckhannon remained undefeated in 2013,” said Jimmie O’Dell, Race Manager, Can-Am.

Mattracks MT Plus Rubber Track Conversion System

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KARLSTAD, Minnesota, USA – MATTRACKS®, the innovator in rubber track conversion systems, is introducing the new MT PLUS ™ model; available in 2013 as part of the 105 and 150 MT series.Mattracks® has been converting 4x4 Trucks, SUVs, Tractors, ATVs & UTVs for the past 20 plus years.  When customers requested an even “larger footprint” than is available in the market today for certain applications, Mattracks’ engineers developed the new MT PLUS ™, adding to the already extensive Mattracks® model lineup.

White Knuckle Event 2013

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HUNTSVILLE, TN.- February 4, 2013 OHV enthusiasts from throughout North America will gather in Huntsville, TN for the annual White Knuckle Event (May  24th-May 26th) to enjoy the Cumberland Mountains, competitive events and the latest country hits from Nashville’s finest. The White Knuckle Event (WKE) is Brimstone’s springtime main event held annually on Memorial Day. Branded as the “hold on tight” event of the year, the White Knuckle Event attracts off-road enthusiasts from throughout the country. It is tagged as the “Woodstock of ATV and SXS Events” going on its seventh year with attendance doubling each year. The event throttles up on Friday the 24th starting with guided trail rides throughout the day and Ritchie Brother’s ultimate “Dueling Drag Race” under the Southern lights of the Half Cabin event arena.

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