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Yamaha announced its 2017 lineup today, with the biggest headlining news being the introduction of the new 2017 YXZ1000R SS, or XYZ Sport Shift. The YXZ1000R SS follows in the footsteps of the 2016 YXZ1000R, which came on the scene boasting the side-by-side industry’s first “pure sport” model with its six-speed sequential gearbox. What makes the new 2017 SS different is the fact that it features an automatic clutch with paddle shifters to avoid the use of a clutch pedal.

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Minneapolis
– Polaris recently donated $10,000, through the Canadian Red Cross, plus the use of five Polaris RANGER utility vehicles and Polaris Generators to help with the recovery efforts from the Fort McMurray massive wildfires.

SCORE-Baja-500-2016-Logo-4-14-16ENSENADA, Mexico — Leading the field into this week’s internationally-televised 48th annual SCORE Baja 500 will be former overall winners Rob MacCachren, brothers Ed, Tim and Troy Herbst, Andy McMillin, Mark Post, B.J. Baldwin, Bryce Menzies, Larry Roeseler and Mexico’s Gus Vildosola Jr, Carlos ‘Apdaly’ Lopez and Eduardo ‘Lalo’ Laguna. SCORE’s proverbial ‘Dirty Dozen’ all race in SCORE Trophy Truck, the sport’s marquee racing division for high-tech, 850-horsepower, unlimited production trucks.

With festivities starting on Thursday, Round 2 of the four-race 2016 SCORE World Desert Championship will be held this week in Mexico’s Baja California Norte, starting and finishing in Ensenada, the seaside port on the Pacific Ocean, 80 miles south of San Diego.

Kawasaki-LogoIRVINE, Calif. – This year marks fifty years of Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A.(KMC), and to kick off the party, Kawasaki is throwing a celebration: the Golden Anniversary Sales Event Open House, scheduled for the weekend of June 11-12. This weekend-long celebration is to thank Kawasaki’s devoted dealers and customers for 50 years of loyalty and support for the brand. Select dealers throughout the country will celebrate by hosting open house events, including demo rides. Check with your local dealer to see what fun they’ll be having.

SCORE-Baja-500-2016-Logo-4-14-16ENSENADA, Baja California, Mexico – With late entries accepted during on-site racer registration this week, a total of 223 teams are officially entered for this week’s 48th annual SCORE Baja 500.  Round 2 of the four-race 2016 SCORE World Desert Championship is being held in Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico, 85 miles south of the U.S. Border at San Diego.

Through Monday evening, the SCORE Baja 500 has teams entered from 22 U.S. States and 10 countries ready for the green flag to drop as they compete in Pro and Sportsman classes for cars, trucks, UTVs, motorcycles and quads in the 48th anniversary of the popular. The starting grid for the 477.52-mile race includes 32 entries so far in SCORE Trophy Truck, the marquee racing division for high-tech, 850-horsepower unlimited production trucks, 28 in Class 10, 19 in the unlimited Class 1, 16 in Trophy Truck Spec and 14 each in SCORE Lites, Pro UTV FI and Pro UTV.

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Minneapolis – For the second Best in the Desert race in a row, Polaris RZRs swept both the Pro Turbo and Pro Production podiums. Polaris Factory Racers Marc Burnett and Justin Lambert would win each class with Burnett taking the overall and Polaris Factory Racer Branden Sims taking third overall.

SCORE-Baja-500-2016-Logo-4-14-16RENO, Nev., USA — With pre-race planning and logistic sessions ongoing as well as tweaking of their exotic desert racing machines, the drawing for starting positions is Thursday and pre-running opens Saturday for entries from all across the United States and around the world expected for next month’s internationally-televised 48th annual SCORE Baja 500.

Round 2 of the 2016 SCORE World Desert Championship will be held June 2- 5 in Mexico’s Baja California Norte, starting and finishing in Ensenada, the seaside port on the Pacific Ocean, 80 miles south of San Diego.

DRAW DEADLINE WEDNESDAY
The deadline to enter the race in order to be included in the drawing for starting positions is 5 p.m. on Wednesday.  The drawing, to determine the start order within each class, except the featured SCORE Trophy Truck and the unlimited Class 1, will be held on Thursday. For SCORE Trophy Truck and the unlimited Class 1, the drawing will determine their start order for qualifying on Thurs., June 2.

PRE-RUNNING
Official practice, or pre-running, on the official race course will begin on Saturday, May 21. The official map of the 477.51-mile course is available on the SCORE website.

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Minneapolis
– Polaris Factory ACE Racer Sam Yokley made it two-in-a-row in his Polaris ACE 900 SP last weekend at the Camp Coker GNCC race, in Society Hill, S.C.

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Head Hoonigan in charge and Can-Am brand ambassador Ken Block recently pulled the cover off of his two new Maverick side-by-side builds. Customized with his own personal style and flair, the unique Maverick X rs 1000R Turbo and Maverick MAX X rs 1000R Turbo side-by-sides will be showcased in the coming year to highlight the performance capabilities of the vehicles.

BlueRibbon-Coalition-Logo-9-28-12The BlueRibbon Coalition recently announced it was contacted by some its members regarding rumors that a land transfer bill, H.R. 2733, might include portions of the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Moon Rocks in the Hungry Valley OHV Area near Reno, Nevada. BLM members were reportedly concerned with the bill and its possible inclusion of this area, which would result in the closure of the area.

BlueRibbon Coalition contacted both the BLM and Congressional Representatives to ascertain if, in fact, there were any impacts to legal OHV recreation at Hungry Valley, Moon Rocks, an area well known for catering to a variety of off-road vehicles, including dirt bikes, ATVs, trucks, SUVs and Jeeps.