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Off Road Evolution announces Discount Tire as 2013 Title Sponsor
Off Road Evolution is proud to announce that Discount Tire Motorsports has signed on as Title Sponsor for its 2013 racing season. With the support of Discount Tire, Off Road Evolution will campaign Two Rigs - its EVO 1 JK and EVO TJ - at the King of the Hammers Main Event and Everyone Challenge Event, as well as the Ultra4 Glen Helen and Ultra4 Vegas to Reno event. Discount Tire joins a dedicated list of incredible sponsors already committed to the EVO Racing Team, including Nitto Tire, Dynatrac, ATX Series Wheels, King Off-Road Racing Shocks, Mastercraft Safety, Royal Purple, Torchmate, EVO Mfg and Truck-lite."We're so happy to have Discount Tire join the EVO Racing Family," said Mel Wade, owner of Off Road Evolution and principal driver of EVO 1 and EVO TJ.

DP Brakes announces 2013 SX/MX and Off-Road sponsorships

BUFFALO, NY.- DP Brakes, world leader in sintered braking technology, has announced its MX/SX and off-road sponsorship lineup for 2013.Larry Mills, president of DP Brakes and Clutches North America, said, “We are very proud to once again be sponsoring an impressive list of high profile teams, and individual riders, for the upcoming racing season. The lineup is proof our commitment to the sport.”According to Mills, teams and riders are as follows:

DP Brakes unveils extensive ATV sponsorship for 2013

BUFFALO, NY. –DP Brakes, world leader in sintered brake technology, has announced that they will be sponsoring an extensive number of ATV riders and teams in 2013.Larry Mills, president of DP Brakes North America, said, “These outstanding riders continue to appreciate the high performance products that DP Brakes offers...products that ultimately help place them on top of the winner’s circle.” The following are the teams and riders that DP Brakes will be supporting in 2013:

Polaris Introduces the Most Complete RZR Ever Built

New RZR XP 900 H.O. Jagged X Edition is the most powerful, most comfortable and most premium
Polaris’ RZR is the No. 1 line of recreational side-by-sides on the market with a diverse line up including trail, high performance and multi-passenger options with the ultimate combination of power, suspension and agility. Today, Polaris extends the product line by introducing the new, limited edition RZR XP 900 H.O. Jagged X Edition!“We’re very excited to offer the Jagged X Edition which provides a whole new customer solution featuring the most popular options straight from the factory,” said Craig Scanlon, general manager, Recreational Off-Road Vehicles for Polaris. “This vehicle is the most complete RZR ever built, combining the ultimate in performance, comfort and incredible styling.”

Ranger XP900 Rear Winch Mount

P/N: EMP-12005Fits: 2013 Ranger XP900 (not RZR XP900)Now, you can mount a winch on the back of your Ranger XP900.  Mounts to your stock control arm bolts.Laser Cut from 3/16" thick American Steel.CNC Formed insures a precision fit.Powder Coated- BlackTwo winch bolt patterns to accept winches up to 4000 lbs.Accepts both regular spool (4-7/8" wide x 3" deep) and wide spool (6-5/8" wide x 3" deep) winches.Mounts with stock control arm bolts.Made in Cleveland Ohio.Bed will still dump with winch on the rear.Pictured with a Warn 4000 lb winch.

Durhamtown Off-road Park

It has been one year this Christmas since 23 yrs old Stephen took his 1st step after his accident at Durhamtown. He crashed on his bike checking the tracks and trails for maintenance Oct 31 2011, after 6 weeks in a coma with a Traumatic Brain Injury, he regained conscious and began recovery at the Shephard Center in Atlanta. While there he met several other bike victims he has now recovered approx 90% and is back working at Durhamtown assisting with the everyday activities. He has not returned to his dirtbike “yet” but plans to in the near future.He has met many former injured riders here at Durhamtown with similar injuries and has realized how much he is fortunate. He wants to thank everyone for their prayers and thoughts during his accident.

Yamaha Motor USA Producing Additional 2013 Utility ATV Models in Red

Late Season “Assembled in USA” Production to Meet Demand for Popular 4x4 ATVs
CYPRESS, Calif. – December 13, 2012 – Yamaha Motor Corp., U.S.A., is rounding out its utility ATV line with the addition of 2013 red utility ATVs produced at its Newnan, Georgia, manufacturing facility.  Red versions of Yamaha’s popular utility ATV models should start arriving at dealers before the end of the year and include the Grizzly 700 FI EPS, Grizzly 550 FI EPS and Grizzly 450 EPS. “Yamaha has strong demand from a variety of customer groups – including farmers and recreational users alike – for the red utility models, and we’ve seen our dealer partners ask for them this fall,” said Steve Nessl, Yamaha ATV/SxS group marketing manager.  “All of Yamaha’s 4x4 ATVs now come from its U.S. manufacturing facility in Georgia, which allows the company to respond more quickly to customer demands while also streamlining distribution.  It’s exciting to see that process in place.” 

Murray Motorsports / Can-Am Commander 1000 Finishes Second In Best In the Desert Racing Series
Valcourt, Québec, December 12, 2012 – Murray Motorsports drove its Can-Am® Commander™ 1000 to a fifth-place finish in the Pro UTV class at the Best In The Desert finale held in Henderson, Nev. Co-pilots and brothers Jason and Derek Murray narrowly missed a class championship, finishing just two points behind and second overall in the standings despite earning the most season points (disregarding a throw out) and being the only race team to finish every BITD race and mile in 2012. In the Quad Sportsman class, reigning GNCC 4x4 Open ATV class champion Bryan Buckhannon and teammate Richard Goforth rode their Can-am Outlander™ 800R to a second-place finish.“While a championship eluded us, we were thrilled by the success and the consistency shown by the Murray brothers in the Best In The Desert series. Overall, Derek and Jason did a great job representing Can-Am with their Commander 1000 and a very close second place is nothing to hang your head about,” said Jimmie O’Dell, Race Manager, Can-Am. “We consider this BITD season as an excellent building block for what is to come in 2013. We are excited to have the Murray brothers debut the new 101-HP Can-Am Maverick™ 1000 X® rs at the first round of racing in January.”

Traci Cecco-Pickens Honored by Shamokin, PA, for ATV Racing Career

Winningest Women in GNCC ATV Racing History Capped 2012 with 9th Championship
CYPRESS, Calif. – December 12, 2012 – Yamaha ATV racing champ Traci Cecco-Pickens was honored this week by the city of Shamokin, Pa., for her successful ATV racing career.  At a ceremony Monday night including the city council and approximately 50 spectators including Traci’s family and friends, Mayor George S. Rozinskie, Jr., proclaimed December 10, 2012, as Traci Cecco-Pickens day in Shamokin and presented her with the key to the city honoring her as a historic competitor and role model for the city’s youth.“I’ve enjoyed 14 years of racing professionally, fought for nine championships and a created lifetime of memories,” Traci said of her career.  “I'm honored to receive this key and proud to say I'm from Shamokin – the city that provided me all the tools and resources that I needed to make my dreams come true!”

Yamaha Selects National Hunting and Fishing Day Sweepstakes Winner

Rhino 700 Side-by-Side Donation Promotes Outdoors Sports and Conservation
CYPRESS, Calif. – December 11, 2012 – Yamaha Motor Corp., U.S.A., the leading maker of ATV and Side-by-Side (SxS) vehicles for outdoors enthusiasts, has selected its 2012 National Hunting and Fishing (NHF) Day sweepstakes winner. As part of Yamaha’s ongoing support of NHF Day, the company announced that Nancy Watkins of Eau Claire, Wis., is the winner of the Rhino 700 FI.  Mrs. Watkins was one of more than 42,000 people who entered the sweepstakes, which is designed to help promote outdoors sports and conservation. The Rhino 700 FI donated for NHF Day – including Genuine Yamaha hunting accessories – is valued at more than $13,000.  The Rhino, along with all of Yamaha’s 4x4 products, is assembled at the company’s state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Newnan, Georgia.