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Yamaha’s Chad Wienen Wins Third Straight AMA Racing Title Aboard YFZ450R

Teammate Thomas Brown Takes Third Place for 2014 Season
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CYPRESS, Calif. – August 14, 2014 – Yamaha Racing’s Chad Wienen captured a historic third straight AMA Pro ATV MX Series Championship last weekend, and his Yamaha and Wienen Motorsports teammate Thomas Brown took third overall for the season. The pair have been riding their YFZ450Rs to the top of the podium all season capping 2014 with first and third place finishes at the finale at Loretta Lynn’s Ranch in Hurricane Mills, Tenn., on Saturday, August 9. Wienen scored 1-2 on the day for an overall win, while Brown grabbed 2-3 giving him third overall at Loretta’s. "The 2014 season was one to remember – the entire Wienen Motorsports Yamaha Team worked in sync,” Wienen said. “We were able to accomplish big results this year by winning eight out of the nine rounds for our team. Yamaha has provided us with race-winning performance once again with the 2014 YFZ450R, and we are looking forward to the 2015 season aboard Yamaha again."

Yamaha Outdoor Access Initiative Announces Second Quarter GRANT Awards

Funds and Equipment Awarded To Motorized and Outdoor Recreation Enthusiast Groups Committed To Protecting, Expanding and Improving OHV Access
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CYPRESS, Calif. – August 12, 2014 – Yamaha Motor Corp., U.S.A., today announced it is contributing more than $65,000 in cash and equipment to eight GRANT (Guaranteeing Responsible Access to our Nation’s Trails) recipients under the Yamaha Outdoor Access Initiative.  The projects awarded GRANTs support the program’s industry-leading dedication to safe, responsible riding and open sustainable access to land, trails and riding areas for OHV users. “The OHV community is embracing the expanded platform of the Outdoor Access Initiative and we encourage all recreationists who rely on OHVs to access the outdoors to keep an eye out for projects that promote and protect that access,” said Mike Martinez, Yamaha’s ATV/SxS group Vice President.  “We recognize that by broadening the scope of the GRANT program, we increase competition for the funds available but, as a result, we expect to see projects that have a greater benefit to all OHV enthusiasts.”

Yamaha Outdoors Partners with Powderhook.com and NWTF to Giveaway

New Grizzly 700 EPS 4x4 ATV and Kansas Whitetail Hunt
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CYPRESS, Calif. – July 15 – Yamaha Outdoors has partnered with Powderhook and the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) to giveaway a new Grizzly 700 EPS 4x4 ATV and a Kansas whitetail hunt at www.powderhook.com/atv. The winner of the online sweepstakes will receive Yamaha’s best-selling Grizzly 700 4x4 ATV with electric power steering and a 6-day archery rut hunt organized by Powderhook and NWTF and provided by Horseshoe Hill Outfitters. The semi-guided hunt will take place in Southeast Kansas during the 2015 hunting season. “Yamaha is a leader in the outdoors through its support of conservation partners like NWTF, and its work supporting open, sustainable access to areas like those promoted by Powderhook,” said Steve Nessl, Yamaha’s ATV/SxS group marketing manager. “Outdoor conservation, access and responsible recreation are at the center of the partnership between these organizations.”

Yamaha Opens Voting for “All-American ATV Racer” Contest

Winner Receives New YFZ450R and Free Entry to the 2015 GNCC Season
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CYPRESS, Calif. – July 2, 2014 – Yamaha Motor Corp., U.S.A., has opened voting for the top Grand National Cross Country (GNCC) Amateur or Pro-Am racer representing great All-American ATV Racing values in the industry-first “Yamaha All-American ATV Racer” contest: http://bit.ly/OlbdsT Just in time for the fourth of July weekend, racing fans can now vote and are encouraged to share the contest with other friends, family and fans to build support for their favorite competitor. The racer who earns the most online votes will receive a racing package valued at more than $11,000, which includes an Assembled-in-U.S.A. YFZ450R and free entry to the 2015 GNCC racing season.

Yamaha Raises $15,000 for Charities at Dealer Event

All Monies to be Donated to Honored American Veterans Afield and Feed The Children
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CYPRESS, Calif. – June 19, 2013 – Yamaha Motor Corp., U.S.A., is donating $15,000 to two of the company’s charitable organization partners: Honored American Veterans Afield (HAVA) and Feed the Children (FTC). Yamaha recently gathered select motorsports dealers for an incentive and appreciation event near Austin, Texas, where the company unveiled the all-new 2015 Viking VI EPS six-person Side-by-Side (SxS) vehicle. The launch event-turned-celebration of Yamaha’s SxS line expansion included a number of activities that ultimately allowed Yamaha corporate staff and dealers to help raise awareness and money for HAVA and FTC. As a result of the event, Yamaha committed to donating $15,000 to be split evenly between the two organizations.

Yamaha Announces All-New 2015 Viking VI Side-by-Side

Room for Six with Yamaha Performance and Durability; Assembled in USA
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CYPRESS, Calif. – June 5, 2014 – Yamaha Motor Corp., U.S.A., announces a new utility Side-by-Side (SxS) vehicle: the all-new 2015 Viking VI EPS six-person SxS. The extended cab Viking VI combines Yamaha performance and durability with the comfort and convenience of a Viking – now with maximum headroom, legroom and shoulder room for six occupants. Every Yamaha Viking and Viking VI is being assembled in the U.S.A. at Yamaha’s factory in Newnan, Georgia, for worldwide distribution. Similar to the three-seat Viking introduced last summer, the new Viking VI is made for tough off-road duty boasting Yamaha’s industry-leading Ultramatic™ fully automatic transmission, On-Command® four-wheel drive system, Electric Power Steering (EPS) and Yamaha’s proven and powerful 700cc-class engine. With 600-pounds hauling and 1,500 pounds towing, Viking VI is made to be the toughest, hardest working and most off-road capable six-person SxS ever.

Yamaha Launches “All-American ATV Racer” Contest

Nominate and Vote on Yamaha’s Facebook Page; Winner Receives New YFZ450R and Free Entry to the 2015 GNCC Season
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CYPRESS, Calif. – April 10, 2014 – Yamaha Motor Corp., U.S.A., and the Grand National Cross Country (GNCC) racing series are looking for a top Amateur or Pro-Am racer representing great All-American ATV Racing values in a new “Yamaha All-American ATV Racer” contest: http://bit.ly/OlbdsT This industry-first online contest will give away a complete racing package valued at more than $11,000 to the racer who is able to secure the most online votes for his or her nomination. The prize package includes the Assembled-in-U.S.A. YFZ450R and free entry to the 2015 GNCC racing season.

Yamaha 2014 ATV Racing Season in Full Swing

Wienen, Fowler and Nelson Lead Major ATV Racing Series
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CYPRESS, Calif. – March 26, 2014 – Following a banner season in 2013, the Yamaha ATV Racing team is off to a strong start in 2014 topping podiums and leading three major series across the country. Reigning back-to-back AMA ATV champion Chad Wienen won the season opener at Aonia Pass MX atop his YFZ450R, while teammate Thomas Brown, who placed second overall in the 2013, finished fifth.  “We had good starts in both moto’s last weekend, and that was key -- the track didn’t allow for much passing,” Wienen said. “My new Wienen Motorsports YFZ450R was working great. We’re very happy to come out with the win and start the season off with the red plate.” “Round 1 was a good start to the season, and my YFZ450R was working great,” Brown said.  “I’m looking forward the rest of the season.”

Yamaha Announces New Special Edition YFZ450R

New Model Rounds out Roster of Four Special Edition Sport ATVs for 2014
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Cypress, Calif. March 06, 2014 - Yamaha Motor Corp., U.S.A., announces a new Black and Crimson 2014 Special Edition (SE) YFZ450R to round out its roster of sport ATVs that now includes four SE models this year. The new SE YFZ450R joinsYamaha’s existing 2014 SE sport models including a Midnight Blue Raptor 700R, Metallic Grey/White Raptor 700R and a Crimson Red and Black YFZ450R.Each of the 2014 SE models gets aggressive styling with unique color schemes and graphics. The YFZs also receive a GYTR® front grab bar while the big Raptors get GYTR® front grab bars and GYTR® heel guards. Each 2014 SE model is being assembled at the Yamaha Motor Manufacturing Corporation of America (YMMC) in Newnan, Georgia, for worldwide distribution.

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