Yamaha-Logo-10-27-11KENNESAW, Ga. – August 1, 2016 – Yamaha Motor Corp., USA, announces its annual scholarship winners for National Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow (ACT) students at the 2016 Ag Media Summit (AMS) in St. Louis. The first, second and third place chapter winners are, the University of Florida, Utah State University and Oklahoma State University, respectively. The Yamaha-ACT scholarships totaled $4,500 in funds to help students attend Ag Media Summit, the largest gathering of agricultural media professionals in the country and a primary career networking and professional development opportunity for ACT members.

While spreading the message of safe, responsible use of ATV and Side-by-Side (SxS) vehicles on farms, ranches and more, the Yamaha-ACT scholarship program has awarded more than $35,000 to students in its eight years of supporting ACT’s mission of fostering the professional development of agricultural communication students. AMS is one of two yearly meetings for ACT chapters and serves as students’ primary career-networking event.

PrintKENNESAW, GA – Yamaha Motor Corp., USA, today announces the Yamaha Outdoor Access Initiative awarded more than $80,000 in funds and equipment to nine grant applicants in the first quarter of 2016. Yamaha’s Outdoor Access Initiative is the leading resource dedicated to those who work and play outdoors including, but not limited to, those who rely on off-highway vehicles (OHVs) to ride, camp, hunt, fish or farm.

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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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Chandler, AZ
— From bumpers to lap belts, DragonFire has Yamaha’s YXZ1000R covered! Intended to increase the versatility of the purpose-built Yamaha YXZ1000R, the DragonFire Racing CargoRack is the newest addition to the comprehensive range of RacePace accessories designed specifically for the race-ready YXZ. Think of it as a dual-sport kit.

Lucas-Oil-Regional-12-22-11The Lucas Oil Regional Off Road Series-Southern California is pleased to welcome Yamaha Motor Corporation as the 2016 Checkered Flag Sponsor.

The “Yamaha Checkered Flag” will be waived as each of the series 150-200 drivers cross the finish line during the remaining 7 rounds at fan favorite tracks in both Lake Elsinore and Glen Helen.

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Chandler, AZ
— After collaborating to create the DragonFire by Weller Racing performance kits. Corry Weller will be contesting the 2016 Lucas Oil Regional Off Road Series short course races in Arizona and California as well as select Best In The Desert events as part of Team DragonFire. The new team made its debut at the LOORRS event on Valentine’s Weekend at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park in Arizona.

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Ultra4 has released the official results for today’s UTV King of the Hammers race. Compared to last year, quite a few more vehicles crossed the finish line and completed the race in time, with 21 racers finishing this year compared to last year’s whopping three.

Blake Van de Loo is still the official winner, and not much changed with the top five. Of the official finishers, only two racers were penalized, and it wasn’t for any deceptive moves. Arctic Cat teammates Sheldon Creed and Robby Gordon were both penalized 135 minutes for, according to Ultra4 officials, “unintentionally short-coursing the course,” or in other words, they missed a chunk of the course.

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It actually appears to be nothing more than an honest mistake. Neither Creed or Gordon had GPS units equipped in their vehicles, and while heading toward one of the pits, Creed bypassed a section. Gordon was chasing him down as both were still in contention for the race, but unfortunately they both missed a chunk of the course. Ultra4 officials took the average of five different racers completing the section and deemed it to be 27 minutes, and the penalty by Ultra4 rule is five times that amount to equal 135 minutes.

In the end, Creed and Gordon’s mistake were thought to be unintentional in nature and sound far worse the penalty would indicate. Below are the official results of the finisher’s from today’s race. For more, check out the race recap here.

Official Results – 2016 Polaris UTV King of the Hammers
1. Blake Van de Loo – 4:22:55
2. Branden Sims – 4:55:21
3. Chad Hughes – 5:05:54
4. Dean Bulloch – 5:11:44
5. Mitch Guthrie – 5:14:19
6. Rob MacCachren – 5:21:33
7. Jason Weller – 5:30:52
8. Evan Engelhardy – 5:36:55
9. Erik Miller – 5:37:23
10. Richard Bronsema – 5:43:18
11. Ross Pilgreen – 6:26:54
12. Brian King – 6:29:19
13.  Tyler Greeves – 6:34:36
14. Austin Massingill – 7:01:54
15. Anthony Yount – 7:22:44
16. Brent Zimmerman – 7:22:45
17. Wesley Gryner – 7:37:58
18. Sheldon Creed – 7:42:51*
19. Jesse Johnson – 7:47:12
20. Brian Fisher – 7:54:40
21. Robby Gordon – 8:18:59*
*Both Creed and Gordon were assessed 135-minute time penalties for missing part of the course.

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HMF Exhausts has just unveiled new exhaust options for the Yamaha side-by-side that’s kicked down the door of the UTV market. The three-cylinder YXZ1000R receives a performance boost with HMF’s new exhaust options, which include a Slip On or Full System in the Performance and Titan Series.

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Chandler, AZ
— Feeling the need for speed? Pure performance is the name of the game for Yamaha’s hot new YXZ1000R, so we thought it was time to help accelerate to RacePace! DragonFire is pleased to announce the popular “Flying V” bar joins our ever expanding range of products for the new Yamaha YXZ1000R.

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Chandler, AZ
— There is an old ad slogan that claims “power is nothing without control” — and in the case of the new YXZ1000R, we definitely agree! DragonFire has developed a billet quick-release hub and offers a range of steering wheel options to keep Yamaha’s big-bore YXZ1000R sport UTV firmly in control. As an added bonus, the quick-release feature also acts as a theft deterrent.