ATV-MX-Round-2-Pre-4-10-13MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (April 10, 2013) – Less than ten points separate the top five ATVMX Pros heading into Round 2 of the 2013 Mtn. Dew ATV Motocross National Championship, sanctioned by AMA. The AMSOIL Spring National descends upon the nationally renowned Muddy Creek Raceway in Blountville, Tenn. this weekend, April 13 and 14, to continue one of the most highly contested championship chases in recent ATVMX history.

Defending champion Chad Wienen picked up where he left things off in 2012, as he claimed the overall win at the series opener aboard his Wienen Motorsports SSi Walsh Yamaha presented by Maxxis Tires and Team Vollmer machine. Wienen currently holds the points lead early in the season but with nine rounds to go, the defending champ has his work cut out for him with a field of rising talent and several veterans of the sport chasing close behind.

ATV-MX-Podium-3-24-13WASHINGTON, Ga. – Mother Nature made her presence known at the opening round of the 2013 Mtn. Dew ATV Motocross National Championship, sanctioned by AMA, in Washington, Ga. on Saturday. With less than perfect conditions, twenty-three pro riders lined up at the muddy Aonia Pass MX track, creating a full gate for the first time in recent history.

NOTE: Youth and Amateur Class Racing was cancelled on Sunday due to weather.

Defending champion Chad Wienen rode smart and collected to grab the first victory of 2013, due in part to his knowledge gained from earning the number one plate in 2012. Wienen scored a 3-2 finish to secure the overall win aboard his Wienen Motorsports SSi Walsh Yamaha presented by Maxxis Tires & Team Vollmer machine. Wienen was able to secure top five starts, allowing him to move into a favorable position to take the overall win. “I’m happy with the outcome. Anything is possible with a mud race but I’m really excited to be leaving still carrying the red number plate,” said Wienen.

ATVMX-Logo-3-21-13Morgantown, W.Va. – Defending ATVMX champion Chad Wienen will wear the coveted number one plate for the first time ever heading into the 2013 Mtn. Dew ATV Motocross National Championship, sanctioned by AMA, season opener this weekend. Wienen Motorsports/SSi/Walsh/Yamaha presented by Maxxis Tires and Team Vollmer’s Wienen will be up against the fastest four-wheeled ATV Motocross racers in the world this Saturday, March 23, at Aonia Pass MX Park in Washington, Ga.

The 2013 ATVMX Pro lineup boasts one of the most stacked fields in recent history with 24 riders expected to line up at the opening round of racing. With several veteran riders, past champions and new riders making their debut into the pro class, the chase for the 2013 championship title will be one to follow. Two-time champ and ATVMX veteran John Natalie contested Wienen for the championship in 2012 but was left short and finished second overall in the points chase. This season Natalie will be riding a machine and looking to reclaim that number one plate.

CYPRESS, Calif. – Yamaha Motor Corp., U.S.A., has announced the all-new Grizzly 300 2WD utility ATV combining best-in-class technology with a value price at $4,099.  This new light utility ATV has a smooth and powerful engine and is the only model in its class with a fully automatic dual range transmission.

The Grizzly 300 is powered by a 287cc single overhead cam four-stroke engine.  Its class-exclusive liquid cooling provides precise temperature control and long engine life even in extreme environments.  At the center of its lightweight and durable chassis is a power plant with a 32mm carburetor that delivers smooth power.

CYPRESS, Calif. – Yamaha’s top selling all-terrain-vehicles (ATVs), the Grizzly 700 FI 4×4 and Grizzly 550 FI 4×4, feature design and performance upgrades for 2012 further solidifying their place as the most off-road capable and durable machines in their respective classes.  Also new for 2012, both machines are now being assembled in the U.S.A. for worldwide distribution out of Yamaha’s Newnan, Ga., factory.

The new 2012 Grizzly 700 and 550 receive new textured plastic body panels that increase durability and decrease wear over the life of the machines.  New Maxxis tires with a tough, aggressive tread pattern add to the machines’ unmatched performance in extreme terrain.  The updated suspension includes new gas charged rear shocks with a high quality damping feel and improved bump absorption performance.  The front suspension has also been updated and optimized to match the rear.

Both Grizzlies are offered with Yamaha’s industry-leading Electric Power Steering (EPS).  Yamaha was the first manufacturer to put EPS on an ATV – a still relatively new technology that makes for a more comfortable ride and reduces fatigue especially in rough riding and over long periods of time.  Yamaha’s EPS system has the perfect balance of light steering and allowing the rider to still feel feedback from the terrain.  As the rider turns the handlebars and the torque- and speed-sensing EPS system detects the twisting force put on the handlebars and wheels, the electric motor then responds with the appropriate amount of assistance.  The harder you turn, the more the EPS assists.

In addition to EPS, Yamaha’s top of the line Grizzly ATVs boast the industry’s toughest Ultramatic™ automatic transmission system.  The transmission’s dual speed gearing makes full use of the powerband under a variety of riding situations, and the automatic centrifugal clutch maintains constant belt tension for reduced belt wear and the industry’s most natural feeling all-wheel engine braking.

Yamaha’s three-way On-Command® system, featuring push-button 2WD, 4WD and 4WD with differential lock, provides all-four-wheel-drive.  The push-button system is easy to engage giving the rider control and confidence over the machine’s power delivery.

The Grizzly’s engines feature a forged piston for reduced weight and added durability, while an aluminum cylinder body with ceramic composite coating offers reduced weight, increased cooling ability and additional wear resistance.  The roller rocker arms reduce friction in the valve train, which allows the engine to rev more freely leading to better overall performance and improved throttle response.  Of course, the ultra-convenient electric start feature continues to make firing the liquid-cooled, four-valve SOHC powerplant to life a snap.

The Yamaha Fuel Injection system (YFI) improves throttle response throughout the powerband, helping the rider take advantage of the Grizzly’s low- to mid-range power.  YFI offers unmatched performance at high elevation and in frigid weather as the system is able to detect and compensate for changes in altitude and temperature.  The more precise fuel delivery offered by the YFI means clean power delivery, better throttle response and improved fuel economy under a multitude of riding situations.  In addition, YFI means no choke and easier cold weather starting.

An open gate shifter found on the left side of the handlebars allows the rider to easily switch between High, Low, Neutral, Reverse and Park.  This is also easy to see on the multifunction LCD display, which offers dual trip meter, speedometer, hour meter, odometer and clock, in addition to the gear selection, fuel level indicator,
On-Command™ indicator and EPS and fuel injection indicator lights.

Comfort and convenience were also incorporated throughout the Grizzly 700 and 550.  The air box is located on the top of the engine providing easier service access for the rider, and the fuel tank is placed under the seat for maximum centralization of mass.  Keeping the ride comfortable while also allowing for maximum terrainability is fully independent and adjustable front and rear suspension with 7.1 inches of travel up front and a class-leading 9.5 inches in the rear.  The Grizzly’s wide-arc A-arms provide 11.8 inches of more usable ground clearance.  What’s more, the Grizzly 700 and 550 offer unmatched braking feel and power with four-wheel hydraulic disc brakes engaged by separate front and rear controls with hydraulic master cylinders mounted on the handle bars.  The rear brake also has a right foot pedal control.

The Grizzly also has a thick, plush seat and full floorboards for comfort and protection from the elements.  The design of the floorboards also allows for better drainage of mud and water.  Two water resistant storage boxes — one under the seat and another in the right front fender — offer plenty of storage.  This is in addition to the 99 pounds and 187 pounds of carrying capacity on the front and rear racks, respectively, and the 1,322 pounds of towing.  The ATV’s SecureMount rack system offers superior fit and finish with Genuine Yamaha Accessories that are designed to fit with factory quality.

The Grizzly 700 and Grizzly 550 are also available without EPS.  The 2012 models are available in Hunter Green, Steel Blue and Realtree™ AP Camouflage.  In addition, the 2012 Grizzly 700 FI with EPS is available as a Special Edition in Metallic Sandstone with cast aluminum wheels, painted body panels and special graphics.

Maxxis is offering lucrative cash contingencies totaling more than one million dollars to all ATV and motorcycle racers in seven major U.S. race series.

You read it correctly – cash! Not just discounts, coupons or free product, but cold, hard cash. Payouts are available for first through third place in most classes!

“Maxxis has a long history of supporting ATV and motorcycle racing, and we’re going big again this season,” said Scott Perkins, marketing specialist for Maxxis’ Specialty Tire division. “We know that riders’ expenses keep increasing, and cash payouts can go a long way to help.”

Payouts range from $25 all the way up to $500 for the pro class in certain series. Riders can earn cash in the following series: ATV Motocross Nationals; Extreme Dirt Track Nationals; GNCC ATV and MC; Maxxis New England ATV – MX; Mid America XC Racing ATV and MC; OMA Nationals ATV and MC; and WORCS ATV and MC.

Riders must run Maxxis tires on all four wheels for ATV and on the front and rear for motorcycle, and must display the specified number of Maxxis decals on their vehicles. Full instructions are on the contingency application forms. To view or download forms, please visit