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

Wienen Wins First AMA Pro ATV Championship aboard YFZ450R

Brown’s Fifth Place Finish Helps Secure AMA Pro ATV Manufacturer’s Title for Yamaha
CYPRESS, Calif. – August 15, 2012 – Yamaha’s Chad Wienen secured his first AMA Pro ATV championship aboard his YFZ450R this past weekend at the 2012 season finale in Hurricane Mills, Tenn.  Thomas Brown, who finished an impressive fifth overall for the season, helped Yamaha secure the AMA Pro ATV Manufacturer’s title. Racing a Yamaha YFZ450R for his Wienen Motorsports team this year, Wienen put together a smart pair of 3-4 moto finishes on August 11 to claim the historic championship with a 31-point advantage over his nearest rival. In all, Wienen took six wins and 10 straight podiums in his first season racing for Yamaha. 

Motoworks / Can-Am DS 450 Pro John Natalie Wins AMA ATV MX Finale at Loretta Lynn's MX
Valcourt, Québec, August 15, 2012 – Can-Am® DS 450™ ATV Pro class racer John Natalie won the final round of the 2012 AMA ATV Motocross Championship series held at Loretta Lynn’s Motocross track in Hurricane Mills, Tenn. Natalie was joined on the podium by his Motoworks / Can-Am teammate Joel Hetrick, who finished second overall. Fellow Can-Am pro Josh Creamer finished fourth in the Pro class in Tennessee.

Kawasaki Annouces Multi Vehicle Giveaway with the PBR and NASCAR team owner Richard Childress

Win-My-Ride Promotion Adds Excitement to Kawasaki Sponsorship
IRVINE, Calif. (Aug XX, 2012)---Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A. (KMC), the "Official ATV and Side x Side" sponsor of the Professional Bull Riders (PBR) Built Ford Tough Series (BFTS), will be providing fans with an opportunity to win one of three rugged Kawasaki off-road vehicles! Kawasaki has announced a Win-My-Ride promotion that features the give-away of a Kawasaki Mule™ side x side and two Brute Force® all terrain vehicles.  The three winners will be selected at random and announced after the PBR Built Ford Tough Series World Finals in November, 2012. 

Curtis Introduces New PathPro Cab for John Deere HPX/XUV Series Utility Vehicles

Worcester, Massachusetts, August 2012 – For John Deere Gator owners who enjoy using their UTV in all climate conditions, Curtis Industries LLC has unveiled its newest addition to the PathPro line of cab enclosure systems for the HPX/XUV series of utility vehicles.  The all new steel cab enclosure mounts directly to the vehicles factory OPS without the need for additional equipment. The new PathPro cab system (part number 1GTRXUVAS) for the John Deere Gator XUV/HPX series utility vehicles offers improved ventilation with the use of wide, dual sliding windows in both the doors and rear panel, providing maximum airflow from all angles.  Unlike an all-glass cab system, the flexible flow-through ventilation eliminates any “greenhouse” effect to driver and passenger, keeping the interior of the cab cool and comfortable in all seasons. Its durable, venting glass windshield is manufactured with double-strength reinforced laminated glass and meets DOT safety recommendations.  This alleviates shattering on impact from branches or debris.  The laminated windshield offers a locking, venting position and includes a heavy-duty 12v wiper.

“Yamaha’s Whitetail Diaries” Premiers on NBC Sports Outdoors August 15

Sixth Season Captures the Thrill of Whitetail Hunting
CYPRESS, Calif. – August 6, 2012 – The sixth season of “Yamaha’s Whitetail Dairies” will air on NBC Sports Outdoors, part of the NBC Sports Group, starting Wednesday, August 15, at 1:00 p.m. EDT. The show will feature all-new compelling stories capturing the thrill of chasing North America’s most sought after game animal -- the whitetail deer. Yamaha Outdoors is the title sponsor of the show, which is produced by CarecoTV.

Brimestone Side-x-Side and ATV Round Up
HUNTSVILLE, TN.–May, 2, 2012 For the fourth year in a row, Brimstone Recreation will be hosting the SXS & ATV Roundup brought to you by YAMAHA.  Last year, the event hosted the largest crowd in the park’s history at that time, and is expected to bring riders in from all over the world again in 2012.   The SXS/ATV Roundup kicks off on Friday, August 31, 2012, with easy, moderate, and difficult Guided Rides sponsored by EBC Brakes. The guided rides will be led by local trail masters. There will also be a Show and Shine on Friday followed by a “meet and greet” and Jumbotron drive-in movie at the Yamaha Event Area.  The night will be brought to an end with the Sled Pull and Ritchie Brother’s ultimate “Dueling Drag Race” under the Southern lights of the Half Cabin event arena.  Saturday’s competitive events throttle up starting off with Pole Bending, Obstacle Course, Ladies Dash For Cash and Mud Bogs. When you think that you and the kids have seen it all—sled pulls, drag races, mud bogs--again and again, here's a new twist to the 2012 SXS/ATV Roundup lineup: Mud Surfing. Action and adrenaline… with mud at no extra charge! Take the challenge and see who can stay on the board the longest. There is also a Kid Zone, to ensure that riders of all ages have a memorable time.  Saturday night will be capped off with a live concert by Justin Moore and Dustin Lynch at the Half Cabin Event area.

Yamaha Approves Nine OHV GRANTs in the Second Quarter of 2012

Yamaha Motor Corp., U.S.A., Continues Aggressive Support of OHV Enthusiasts and Riding Areas Topping $2 Million in GRANTs Since 2008
CYPRESS, Calif. – August 1, 2012 – Yamaha Motor Corp., U.S.A.’s, OHV Access Initiative – the industry leader in Guaranteeing Responsible Access to our Nation’s Trails (GRANTs) – approved nine projects supporting responsible, safe OHV riding and open, sustainable OHV access to trails and riding areas across the country.  The second quarter GRANTs for 2012 exceeded $122,000 bringing Yamaha’s direct investment in the OHV community nationwide to more than $2 million since its inception in 2008.

Extreme Metal Products releases the Wild Cat Cab Back.

Wild Cat Cab Back / Dust Stopper
Keep the dust and water off your back with this polycarbonate rear window.  Attaches in seconds with our Patent Pending Rubber "Fast Straps".   Simply, wrap them around the tube and fasten to the plastic pins.Made from 3/16 thick Polycarbonate (LEXAN) making it virtually unbreakable (not cheap acrylic like others).Fast Straps Fasteners allow you to remove it in seconds.Rubber Straps will not rust or scratch your cage.Edge Trim along the lower edge seals and protects your plastic.Works with most tops.

Polaris Introduces 2013 Line Up
For the past five years, Polaris has aggressively launched new products, evolved its off-road offerings and became No. 1 in the off-road industry with one of the best and most-innovative ATV and Side-by-Side offerings available. For model year 2013, Polaris will continue to innovate by introducing three new vehicles and making significant upgrades to existing products.

Yamaha Awards Annual Agricultural-Communications Scholarships

University of Illinois Receives Chapter Award; University of Arkansas and Oklahoma State University Students Earn Individual Scholarships
CYPRESS, Calif. – July 30, 2012 – Yamaha Motor Corp., U.S.A., has named the recipients of its fourth annual Yamaha-ACT Scholarship Program.  The chapter award has been granted to the Illini Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow (ACT) Chapter at University of Illinois, while Danielle Smith of University of Arkansas and Bailey Toates of Oklahoma State University have both earned individual scholarships.  As recipients of the individual scholarships, the students have the opportunity to serve as interns for Yamaha during the 2012 Ag Media Summit (AMS) next month in Albuquerque, NM.


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