AMA-logo-230PICKERINGTON, Ohio — American Motorcyclist Association Chair Maggie McNally and several U.S. lawmakers are scheduled to speak at the AMA E15 Fuel for Thought Lobby Day on Wednesday, June 19, at the nation’s capital.

The AMA is inviting all motorcyclists to take part in the Washington, D.C., event to help educate lawmakers about the need to research the possible harmful effects of E15 fuel on motorcycle and all-terrain vehicle engines.

E15 is a gasoline formulation that contains up to 15 percent ethanol by volume. Although the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has approved its use in 2001-and-newer light-duty vehicles, which include cars, light-duty trucks and medium-duty passenger vehicles, none of the estimated 22 million motorcycles and ATVs currently in use are on the EPA approved list, and no manufacturer has approved E15 for use in its motorcycles and ATVs. Furthermore, use of E15 may void manufacturers warranties.

GNCC-Racing-Logo-4-17-13MORGANTOWN, W. Va. – RacerTV returns in 2013 with coverage of the AMSOIL Grand National Cross Country Series and the Mtn. Dew ATV Motocross National Championship. This year’s platform features a 15-week television package on NBC Sports Network, as well as a full-schedule of racing on RacerTV.com – all brought to viewers by this year’s television sponsors AMSOIL, Rocky Mountain ATV/MC and Can-Am.

This year’s 15-week television package on NBC Sports Network begins this weekend, April 14 and runs through November. NBC Sports Network will air 13 episodes of GNCC Racing, as well as an additional two episodes of ATV Motocross Nationals.

MEDINA, MN – Upgrade your snowmobile jacket and feel good doing it during the Pure Polaris “Donate for a Discount” Sales Event that runs Jan. 9-Feb. 9, 2012. Bring your old jacket and bibs into a participating Polaris snowmobile dealership along with a coupon available online and you’ll receive up to $50 off when you purchase new riding gear. You get new gear at a discount and you help someone in need stay warm this winter.

The “Donate for a Discount” sales event is being held at participating Polaris dealerships in the United States and Canada and runs Jan. 9-Feb. 9, 2012.

To download the coupon you need to receive a discount when donating, visit: www.polarisindustries.com/en-us/snowmobiles/pages/2012-jacket-donation-coupon.aspx

Donate a used jacket – any brand – and receive a $35 discount on a new Polaris snowmobile jacket. Or donate a jacket and bibs – any brand – and receive a $50 discount on the purchase of a new Polaris jacket/bibs set. The collected jackets will be distributed to local and regional clothing distribution charities such as regional branches of Goodwill Industries International.

Learn more about Pure Polaris jackets, bibs and other apparel 24/7 at www.purepolaris.com.

About Polaris
Polaris is a recognized leader in the powersports industry with annual 2010 sales of $1.99 billion. Polaris designs, engineers, manufactures and markets innovative, high quality off-road vehicles (ORVs), including all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) and the Polaris RANGER® side-by-side vehicles, snowmobiles, motorcycles and on-road electric/hybrid powered vehicles.

Polaris is among the global sales leaders for both snowmobiles and off-road vehicles and has established a presence in the heavyweight cruiser and touring motorcycle market with the Victory and Indian motorcycle brands.

Additionally, Polaris continues to invest in the global on-road ultra-light electric/hybrid vehicle industry with Global Electric Motorcars (GEM) and Goupil Industrie SA, and internally developed vehicles. Polaris enhances the riding experience with a complete line of Pure Polaris apparel, accessories and parts, available at Polaris dealerships.

Polaris Industries Inc. trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “PII”, and the Company is included in the S&P Mid-Cap 400 stock price index.

Information about the complete line of Polaris products, apparel and vehicles accessories are available from authorized Polaris dealers or anytime at www.polarisindustries.com.


Like clockwork, SCORE officials kicked off the 2011 at 6:30 a.m. as advertising from Ensenada, Mexico. SCORE updated the number of total official entries this morning to 285. Due to the heavy rains last weekend, major mud hole sections forced SCORE to add a few miles additional course, increasing the total race course distance to 705 miles (up from 692).

There were 96 bikes and ATVs leaving the start line this morning, with the trucks and buggies scheduled to leave four hours after the last bike (at about 11:30 a.m.). This included 55 professional teams and 41 sportsman entries.

Valcourt, Québec – Warnert Racing / Can-Am DS 450 Pro racer Adam McGill (right) stood tall on the all-pink GNCC cancer awareness podium after finishing third in the Pro XC1 class despite gruelling conditions at the Ironman GNCC course in Crawfordsville, Ind. Can-Am X-Team members Clifton Beasley, Forrest Whorton and Zac Zakowski each won their respective class in morning action.

“McGill and Bithell really battled out there today and I was proud of the effort they put forth on their Can-Am DS 450 ATVs. Adam notched his fourth consecutive XC1 podium and led three laps of the race. Chris put in an inspiring ride, coming from dead last at the start of the race to finish fourth,” said Jimmie O’Dell, Race Manager, Can-Am. “Can-Am X-Team racers Cliff Beasley and Zac Zakowski each made a powerful statement with their class victories in Indiana.”

Coming into the Ironman GNCC, McGill held second place in the XC1 point standings and needed to win at the final two rounds of the series for a shot at the championship. After leading the first three laps, it looked as if McGill would keep the hopes for a 2011 title alive, but lapped traffic slowed his pace on lap four and he dropped to fourth place. He then picked up the pace to reclaim the third-place position. He moved to within striking distance of first and second place at the end of the race, but had to settle for third.

“I got a good start and was leading for the first couple of laps,” said McGill. “I fell back, but was able to retake the lead. Then I fell back again and finished in third. I had a good time out there anyway and it was a good race, so I’m pretty happy with the podium finish.”

Warnet Racing / Can-Am teammate Chris Bithell got off to slow start in Indiana when his machine failed to start. After restarting the ATV, Bithell quickly went to work and moved from last place to 10th after one lap. By the second lap, Bithell had moved into fourth place and was challenging for third place. During the final laps, Bithell and his teammate McGill actually swapped positions before McGill surged ahead for the final podium position. Bithell notched his ninth top four finish of the season and is currently fourth in the XC1 point standings. He is three points behind third place with only one race remaining.
In the morning U2 class, Can-Am X-Team racer Cliff Beasley was back in the winner’s circle after winning by more than six minutes on his Can-Am Renegade 800R X xc. He finished fifth overall and second on the morning 4×4 podium. Can-Am X-Team racer Forrest Whorton continued his 4×4 Super Senior 45+ class domination as he led from start to finish and won by more than 13 minutes. Whorton has won 11 out of 12 races this season.

Zac Zakowski (Zakowski Motorsports / Can-Am X-Team) earned his second straight 4×4 Open class win. He was in third place going into the woods on the first lap, but took the lead when the two riders in front of him had trouble on a hill climb. Zakowski ended the day nearly three minutes ahead of his competition. He also earned the top stair on the morning 4×4 podium with his second place overall finish.

“It felt really good to get back-to-back wins and I hope I can win again at Loretta’s,” said Zakowski, who is currently third in the 4×4 Open class point standings.

Can-Am X-Team racer Bryan Buckhannon overcame a hill climb crash to finish second behind Zakowski. Buckhannon now trails fellow Can-Am X-Team racer and 4×4 Open class points leader Michael Swift, who took eighth in Indiana, by just two points going into the final race. Buckhannon also piloted his Team ATV Parts Plus Commander 1000 to its second class win of the season in the Open Limited UTV class and took fifth overall for the day. In the UTV Open Limited class championship final points, Can-Am Commander teams swept the top three positions, with Team Travalena taking the title, Team Held finishing second and Team ATV Parts Plus earning third.

In the UTV Open Modified class, Zakowski Motorsports was the top Can-Am Commander with a fourth-place finish. The Warnet Racing / Can-Am / Foremost team took a hard-earned fifth place after battling back from a crash after being hit from behind at the start of the race. The Warnert Commander, piloted by Jerime Dudding, also wrapped up fourth place overall on the season. Can-Am Commander vehicles made up five out the top 10 positions (out of 44 entries) in the class.

The Can-Am GNCC racing series held its Second Annual Pink Race to support cancer awareness with many teams and racers running pink graphics, number plates and riding gear. Some riders even went the extra mile to make special appearances at local the school. On Friday, McGill and a few other top racers visited the fifth and sixth graders at New Market Elementary School to make special “pink buttons” that gave the children free admission to the Ironman GNCC race.

“I had the opportunity to go out to one of the elementary schools in the area and talk to the kids about racing and cancer awareness. I do this kind of thing around home, but have never had the opportunity to go out of state. A lot of the kids actually showed up to the races the next day so it was really cool,” said McGill.

For more information on Can-Am racing, the entire 2011 schedule, the 2011 contingency program and Can-Am DS 450 ATV amateur racer support program, please visit www.can-amxteam.com.

Morgantown, W. Va. (October 27, 2011) – Racer Productions, producers of the Can-Am Grand National Cross Country Series, and BRP Can-Am are excited to announce Sunshine “Sonny” Willis, of Indianapolis, Indiana, as the winner of a brand-new 2011 Can-Am Outlander 650 XT. Can-Am Race Manager, Jimmie O’Dell, drew Sunny’s name during the ATV podium celebration at Saturday’s Ironman GNCC.

Several thousand GNCC fans entered the season-long sweepstakes at the first twelve rounds of the series, including the Amsoil Ironman GNCC, where the drawing took place.

“I am super excited to win the Can-Am Outlander 650, it’s a pretty cool ATV – I like it a lot!” said Sonny Willis. “I’m probably going to let the family have fun with it, it’s a great all-terrain vehicle and we will get a lot of use out of it! Thanks to GNCC and Can-Am for the opportunity to finally own an ATV to go riding with my friends!”

The Can-Am Outlander sweepstakes is another link in a strong partnership between GNCC Racing and BRP, which includes the title sponsorship of the GNCC Racing series and continued support of GNCC television coverage on VERSUS, soon to be NBC Sports, airing weekly on Sunday evenings.

“On behalf of everyone at BRP, I’d like to congratulate Mr. Willis on being the lucky winner drawn at the Ironman!” said Chaz Rice, Manager, Media and PR, Can-Am. “We hope he enjoys his Outlander 650 XT ATV. In fact, we know he will enjoy its class-leading power and comfortable ride!”

The Can-Am Grand National Cross Country Series continues with the season finale double header November 4-6 at Loretta Lynn’s Ranch in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee. Motorcycles will race on Friday, November 4, and again on Sunday November 6. ATVs will keep their normal Saturday race-program on November 5.

Morgantown, W. Va. (September 20, 2011) – Rockstar Makita Suzuki’s Chris Borich is well on his way to another championship title after his signature final-lap pass on Warnert Racing Can-Am riders Adam McGill and Chris Bithell last round at Unadilla. Borich now holds a thirty-six-point lead over McGill heading into round eleven of the Can-Am Grand National Cross Country Series at Mountain Ridge ATV Trails in Somerset, Pa. this weekend.

The thirty-six-point margin doesn’t fully reveal the season-long battles between Borich and McGill, or even the competition level within all the top five XC1 contenders. Chris Bithell has been exchanging podium positions with his Warnert Racing Can-Am teammate all season long and is now only ten points behind McGill for second place.

GT Thunder-backed Brian Wolf is the only rider besides Borich and McGill to claim an XC1 class win, and due to a couple strings of bad luck, Wolf is trailing Ballance Racing Yamaha’s Taylor Kiser by thirty-eight points in the championship standings. Kiser has consistently put his blue machine inside the top five and a race-win at Mountain Ridge would keep him in the running for the championship title.

With the 2011 Best in the Desert Vegas to Reno off-road race starting tomorrow morning, race teams were making final preparations with their crew and pit team for “the longest off-road race in the United States.”


Race teams also ran their vehicles through tech and contingency today, having BITD officials double-check that their vehicles are to spec. As of this afternoon, BITD told Off-Road.com that 292 drivers were registered for the race, up from the 270 racers announced earlier in the week. There could be over 300 once all the final registrations are in.


Yesterday, Class 1400 and 1500 vehicles qualified for starting positions by posting the fastest qualifying lap near this year’s Mint 400 course outside of Vegas. Kyle Conlon posted the fastest time ahead of Ray Griffith by a few hundredths of a second. For more on yesterday’s top qualifiers, check out the Top 30 racers here on Off-Road.com.

Dirt bikes and ATVs will leave the start line near Beatty, Nevada, at about 5:45 a.m., with cars and trucks leaving at about 9:30 a.m. Check back with Off-Road.com for more on the BITD Vegas to Reno race.

CYPRESS, Calif. – May 18, 2011 – Yamaha Motor Corp., U.S.A., (YMUS) and Yamaha Motor Manufacturing Corporation of America (YMMC) announced today that the first production run of new all-terrain vehicle (ATV) models transferred to the U.S. from overseas facilities will take place this month at Yamaha’s state-of-the-art factory in Newnan, Ga.

The start of new ATV production in Newnan is a major step forward in the companies’ long-term strategy to transfer the majority of Yamaha’s worldwide ATV manufacturing to the United States.  When complete, the production transfer could add 200 or more American jobs at Yamaha’s U.S. factory as well as additional jobs at the 125 North American parts supplier companies.  The specific ATV models will be announced on June 8 as part of Yamaha’s worldwide unveiling of select 2012 model year products.

Yamaha’s ATV production transfer, first announced in early 2010, is a long-term strategy that will culminate in bringing the great majority of Yamaha’s worldwide ATV manufacturing to YMMC by 2013.  The company has invested more than $250 million into the factory over the past 10 years creating a state-of-the-art facility and ensuring top quality products are built in a safe and environmentally responsible manner.

“This production transfer shows Yamaha’s commitment to this facility and the U.S. motorsports market – the world’s largest ATV market,” said Henio Arcangeli Jr., Yamaha Motorsports President.  “Manufacturing ATVs in Georgia will allow Yamaha to respond more quickly to its customers’ demands while streamlining its supply chain and distribution processes.  It is a strategic move that will benefit the company, employees, dealer partners and customers as well as the local Newnan community and more than 100 U.S. parts supplier businesses.”

Yamaha held a press conference at its factory in Newnan today where it announced the production transfer news.  Yamaha executives and government officials spoke about the significance of the transfer and Yamaha’s manufacturing facility in the U.S.  The company also unveiled a new “Assembled in U.S.A.” logo to illustrate its pride in U.S. manufacturing.

As one of the largest motorsports companies in the world, Yamaha is a major contributor to the U.S. economy directly employing approximately 2,800 Americans and supporting more than 30,000 additional jobs through its manufacturing facilities, corporate offices, field staff, distribution centers, suppliers and dealer partners.  Overall, Yamaha has corporate offices, regional offices, factories and distribution centers in nine states including Georgia, California, Wisconsin, Texas, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Illinois, New Jersey and Washington.  The Newnan factory alone spends more than $170 million annually with 137 worldwide suppliers – 125 of which are also based in North America.

This production transfer ensures that Yamaha maintains its loyal workforce in Newnan and will result in the hiring of more U.S. workers in the coming years.  There are 90 positions at YMMC that are directly related to this year’s new production.  The company currently estimates adding up to 200 additional jobs over the next three to five years based on other planned ATV model transfers to YMMC and market forecasts; however, the transfer has the potential to add as many as 800 to 1,000 jobs depending on market conditions.  The factory currently employs more than 1,100 people in Newnan.

“Yamaha’s factory in Newnan is state-of-the-art with more than 20 years experience making a variety of Yamaha products and more than 10 years of producing top quality ATVs,” said Mike Chrzanowski, senior vice president of operations and engineering services at YMMC.  “We here at YMMC are extremely excited about this production transfer to the U.S.  Above all, it is the YMMC employees and their longstanding dedication to the company, their own quality of work, and their communities that has made this transition possible.  With their support, Yamaha is confident we’ll have a smooth transition this summer and over the next few years.”

“Yamaha has been in Newnan for more than 20 years, and we feel very lucky to have such a fine world renowned company in our area,” said Newnan Mayor Keith Brady.  “On behalf of the City of Newnan, I would like to congratulate Yamaha on its ATV production transfer and wish them continued success for the many products they produce.”

AUBURN, AL – April 25, 2011 – ECORS announces its second race in the 2011 racing series to be held at The Great American Park in Auburn, AL, on April 30, 2011.

ECORS, the exclusive Southeast traveling race series, is journeying to the deep south for its Alabama debut, just minutes from Auburn University. Each class of vehicle will run separate courses depending on difficulty and has a two hours to complete the designated tracks.

“The first race in the 2011 series was a huge success with 32 race rigs competing and over 1,100 spectators,” said Rob Klinger, co-founder of ECORS. “We look forward to the upcoming race in Auburn — and brining an action packed race of more than 40 racers.”

Race Series Classes
Class A – “stock” type 4×4 vehicles such as Jeeps, trucks and other SUVs.
Class B – “modified” 4×4 vehicles derived from production vehicles that have been heavily modified to trail and race performance.
Class C – “unlimited” class where nearly any modification is acceptable. Typical vehicles in Class C consist of custom built 4×4 buggies or extremely modified production vehicles.
Class U – UTV/side-by-side vehicles.

For the full ECORS schedule please visit: http://www.ecors.com/schedule

About The The Great American Park
Established in 2009, the Great American Park, LLC., was designed to provide a variety of off-road challenges for drivers with all levels of experience. Currently, the park contains challenges and riding areas for mud riding vehicles, ATVs, and rock crawling vehicles. The Park was dreamed up by its founder, John L. Glass, who wanted to create a fun, family-oriented place to enjoy the sports of mud riding and rock crawling. Designed for both riders and spectators alike, the park’s purpose is to provide a clean, safe place with a lively atmosphere to spend time with family and friends while watching and participating in our events. For more information about The Great American Park please visit http://www.thegreatamericanpark.com.

About ECORS
Founded in 2009, the East Coast Offroad Series (ECORS, www.ecors.com) was developed by Rob Klinger of North Carolina and Ron Towery of South Carolina as an offroad race series for 4×4 enthusiasts in the Southeast US. Currently there are 4 classes of vehicles that qualify to race in ECORS events. Class A (“stock” type 4×4 vehicles), Class B (“modified” 4×4 vehicles), Class C (“unlimited” custom, built 4×4 buggies or extremely modified production vehicles), and Class U (UTV/SxS vehicles).