CYPRESS, Calif. – Yamaha Motor Corp., U.S.A., awarded more than $290,000 in 2013 through its Access Initiative providing critical funding to OHV communities, riding groups and land managers across the U.S. Yamaha is the industry’s leader in Guaranteeing Responsible Access to our Nation’s Trails (GRANTs), supporting the program’s mission of safe, responsible riding and open, sustainable OHV access to trails and riding areas nationwide since 2008.
Minneapolis – The first race of the Lucas Oil Off-Road Southern California Regional, at Glen Helen Raceway saw 41 side-by-sides line up including 15 cars in the new Production 1000 class open to all manufacturers with a 1000cc side-by-side.
Tacoma Washington – It was a successful weekend of racing for TireBlocks fun flat systems, with racers earning wins in both the Pro ATV and Pro UTV events. With one of the largest turnouts to date, the UTV race was once again the premier racing event of the weekend at Round 2 of the WORCS series in Primm Nevada.
Ontario, California – Team ITP racers recently competed in several side-by-side classes at round two of the 2014 Rocky Mountain ATV/MC World Off-Road Championship Series in Primm, Nev. Despite coming up short of a podium at either round, ITP racers have earned three spots in the top 10 point standings in both the SxS Pro and SxS 1000 classes.
IRVINE, Calif. (February 12, 2014) – It’s one thing to enter what has been called “the toughest one-day off-road race in the world,” it’s another entirely to finish on the podium in that competition. Lined up against a field of heavily modified Side-by-Sides, Kawasaki’s Casey Currie relied on the power of his Teryx4™ stock 750-class engine to finish third in the 2014 King of the Hammers (KOH) UTV Pro Class race this past week in Johnson Valley, Calif., beating many 1000cc ‘race-ready’ machines.
Johnson Valley, CA – Tuesday marked the first days of qualifying for the multiple races being held at the 2014 Griffin King Of The Hammers. Casey Currie qualified the Currie Racing UTV, Modified Rock Crawler and Ultra 4 on the 1.2-mile course. The course featured a high-speed start along with numerous sections of rock variations. A total of 19 UTV’s qualified for Wednesdays race, with a time of 6:14.8 that set Currie at a 14th starting position. 34 UTV’s are registered for KOH UTV race.
After 114 miles of brutal, rocky racecourse in Johnson Valley, the father-and-son duo of Mitch Guthrie Sr. & Jr. crossed the finish line in their Polaris XP1000 to earn the team’s fifth UTV King of the Hammers victory in the Pro UTV class. The Guthrie team from Glendora, California – consisting of Guthrie Sr., 49, and, Guthrie Jr., 17 – finished the two-lap run ahead of Branden Sims for the first spot with a time of 5 hours and 13 seconds; Sims finished 8 minutes and 14 seconds behind the Guthries on corrected time. Casey Currie earned third place in the Pro class to nab the final podium spot with a time of 5 hours, 34 minutes and 17 seconds.
“We ran our own pace,” Guthrie Sr. said. “We were getting passed by some people, and we were just like, ‘I’m not sure how long they’re going to last.’ Honestly, we were running at 80 percent. Even when you saw us flying, we weren’t to the floor because I had heard some things about belts popping off once they get up to the top. We were never on the floor. We just ran our own pace and kept the car together.”
In spite of the fact that treachery lies around every turn on the 114-mile course, the team had very little trouble and only had to winch up a few sections.
“I’ll be honest, it was a really smooth run,” Guthrie Sr. said. “We had to winch three times. The car was working and the tires were grabbing good. We had to winch at Highway 20 because we had to get around somebody who was stuck, and at the very end of Wrecking Ball, and Aftershock once.”
The race was certainly a tough one today, as only seven Pro-class racers crossed the finish line, while only three Sportsman-class racers made the finish. Even though the Guthrie team has won this event four times before this year, Mitch Guthrie Jr. said they were still prepared for a tough race.
“We came into this year and it was the same course, and we knew it was going to be really tough,” Guthrie Jr. said. “But going through all these trails this year… Chocolate Thunder was a catastrophe last year. I was winching all over. But we got right up it this year.”
Taking the win in the UTV Sportsman class is John Duckworth, who was actually first across the finish line in Hammertown with a time of 4 hours, 35 minutes and 24 seconds. The Sportsman class ran nearly the same distance but had a few key bypass sections, including one that avoided Wrecking Ball and Clawhammer. Cody Currie earned second place with a time of 4 hours, 47 minutes and 13 seconds. Scott Barnett finished in third with a time of 6 hours, 17 seconds and 32 seconds.
Check back for more updates on the UTV King of the Hammers as racers continue to cross the finish line.
More King of the Hammers Coverage:
Cody Webb Wins 2014 King of the Motos
KOH Coverage Page
2014 KOH Pro & Sportsman Results
1. Mitch Guthrie – 5:00:13
2. Braden Sims – 5:08:27
3. Casey Currie – 5:34:27
4. Matt Enochs – 6:20:19
5. Blake Van de Loo – 7:49:10
6. Bill Barnett – 8:09:44
7. Wesley Gryner – 8:19:22
1. John Duckworth – 4:35:24
2. Cody Currie – 4:47:13
3. Scott Barnett – 6:17:32
New Polaris Factory Racer Mitch Guthrie Jr., who moved from the Production 1000 class to the Pro Class for 2014, would grab the hole shot in his Guthrie Racing RZR XP 1000 and take an impressive second place.
Colorado Springs – Nine-time off-road champions Brad & Roger Lovell are excited to welcome Kawasaki to the team through an exciting association based on the burgeoning side x side market and the Kawasaki Teryx4.
CYPRESS, Calif. – Yamaha Motor Corp., U.S.A., today introduced the latest version of the new Viking EPS Side-by-Side (SxS) vehicle, the Special Edition (SE) Tactical Black Viking. Assembled in the U.S.A. and announced at the annual SHOT Show in Las Vegas, the new SE Viking combines an aggressive flat black painted appearance and popular accessories with classic Yamaha durability and off-road capabilities.
The new Tactical Black Viking EPS 4×4 boasts all of the category-leading features of Yamaha’s standard Viking SxS plus molded sun top, overfenders, mud flaps, an under-seat storage box, bed rail accessory mounts and exclusive black cast aluminum wheels.