X-Games-Best-Whip-Brazil-4-22-13Monster Energy’s Jeremy “Twitch” Stenberg, widely regarded as one of the most talented freestyle motocross riders in the sport, came into X Games Foz do Iquacu looking for his third consecutive gold medal in the Best Whip competition.

Unlike other sports in the X Games, Best Whip is judged by the fans who vote via Twitter for the winner in the competition, but despite his popularity, Stenberg knew he wasn’t going to have an easy time of it.

“I always come in wanting to win gold, but I also knew that some of the other guys, like Edgar [Torronteras] and Hanny [Josh Hansen] were killing it withtheir whips lately,” Stenberg said.

Yamaha-Logo-10-27-11CYPRESS, Calif. – April 16, 2013 – Yamaha Motor Corp., U.S.A., is running an “Assembled in USA” Rhino sweepstakes to raise funds and awareness for Honored American Veterans Afield and Feed the Children.  Each $5 donation via online entry serves as a chance to win a new Tactical Black Special Edition Rhino 700 FI.

This is Yamaha’s second “Assembled in USA” Sweepstakes.  This year’s contest was launched at the Shooting, Hunting, Outdoor Trade Show (SHOT Show), the largest outdoors industry trade show, and the sweepstakes will run through May 31 with Yamaha selling tickets onsite at the NRA Show in St. Louis May 3-5.

Yamaha Raptor 700 ProjectOur sister site ATV.com is building up and giving away a 2013 Yamaha Raptor 700. The Raptor 700 will be adorned with a host of parts and accessories from Yamaha’s GYTR catalog. As well, it will feature products from OMF Performance, Maxxis, and Pro Taper. To complete the package, the winner of ATV.com’s Yamaha Raptor 700 Project will also take home a complete set of Fly Racing gear.

Want to know exactly what you’re trying to win? ATV.com is documenting the project and giveaway in a series of articles.

The first article is already live and features all the goodies provided by GYTR, including an exhaust, nerf bars, footwells, front grab bar, glide plate, and graphics kit. You can read all about it here.

Click here for your chance to win this awesome package. Good luck!

TORRANCE, CA: The 14th Annual Sand Sport Super Show has fluctuated in size with the economy and is excited to announce another increase in industry demand to be part of the show.  The Sand Sports Super Show will be taking over the Orange County Fair & Event Center Friday September 14 through Sunday September 16th.  “There is a positive vibe as I talk to companies about this years show,” said Shawn Parker.  “I am ecstatic to see the market coming back and companies that haven’t been able to display in a couple years joining us again!”

Big news includes Can-Am unveiling their brand new UTV Friday September 14th at 6 p.m.  Can-Am has joined as a primary sponsor and will have a large display behind building 10.  Chaparral Motorsports will take up all of building 16 which will now be named the Chaparral Pavilion.  Half will be packed with accessories and gear and the other half lined with Yamaha, Kawasaki, Can-Am and Polaris OEM vehicles.

CYPRESS, Calif. – July 30, 2012 – Yamaha Motor Corp., U.S.A., has named the recipients of its fourth annual Yamaha-ACT Scholarship Program.  The chapter award has been granted to the Illini Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow (ACT) Chapter at University of Illinois, while Danielle Smith of University of Arkansas and Bailey Toates of Oklahoma State University have both earned individual scholarships.  As recipients of the individual scholarships, the students have the opportunity to serve as interns for Yamaha during the 2012 Ag Media Summit (AMS) next month in Albuquerque, NM.

Yamaha’s scholarship program was launched in 2009 to provide financial assistance to members of the ACT, a national collegiate student association with the mission of fostering professional development and skills.

CYPRESS, Calif. – Yamaha Motor Corp., U.S.A., raised more than $11,000 through its recent “Assembled in U.S.A.” Grizzly Giveaway.  The funds will be split evenly and donated to the Honored American Veterans Afield (HAVA) and Feed the Children (FTC) charities.

Through the fundraiser, which was launched last fall and ran until April 23, Yamaha donated a one-of-a-kind 2012 Grizzly 700 FI EPS ATV (MSRP $9,749) to help raise awareness and money for HAVA and FTC.  Yamaha collected $5 donations from individuals entering to win the new Grizzly.  William Rice from Newbury Park, Calif., was the randomly selected winner of the new Grizzly ATV.

“Yamaha Outdoors was part of founding HAVA five years ago and has been an ongoing sustaining sponsor in support of its mission to serve disabled vets and wounded active duty military personnel in outdoor sports,” said HAVA Chairman Tom Taylor.  “HAVA is grateful for this additional support which will allow for even more hunts and shooting events for the American Heroes the organization serves.”

Washington, Ga. - Something sparked a fire inside Factory FMF/KTM’s Kailub Russell in the five short days since the opening round of the Can-Am Grand National Cross Country Series, where the young gun sat out the last hour of the grueling three-hour race after crashing and injuring his shoulder. It was clear from the early stages of the race that the 2010 XC2 Pro Lites champion was determined to make a statement in the woods surrounding the Aonia Pass Motocross Park in Washington, Ga., for round two of the 13-race series.

Russell ran within the lead pack all day and used his impressive sprint speed to put a small gap on his Factory FMF/KTM teammate Charlie Mullins and AmPro Yamaha’s Paul Whibley, winner of Florida’s season opener and today’s $250 Motosport.com Holeshot Award. Mullins put in another solid ride for second place, demonstrating the poise and consistency that earned him the 2011 XC1 title.

“I had a pretty bad crash there on the second lap and I ended up breaking my forks, so my bike was kind of off. The crash was pretty gnarly but I was able to get back recover and even lead a few laps and Kailub got around me and dropped the hammer the last few laps,” Mullins said.

Russell finished out the final two laps with his two fastest times of the day, showing determination and heart to fend off GNCC veterans Mullins and Whibley and an entire field of stacked riders behind.

River Ranch, Fla. - Three hours of rough, sandy whooped out trails could not separate Can-Am Grand National Cross Country Title contenders Paul Whibley and Charlie Mullins. They battled down to the finish-and into sheer exhaustion-at the opening round of the 2012 season, the Moose Racing Westgate River Ranch GNCC in Florida.

Ultimately Am-Pro Yamaha Racing’s Whibley, who finished a close second to Mullins in the 2011 title chase, grabbed the win by just six tenths of a second. Mullins, completely spent, collapsed off of his FMF KTM as he crossed the finish line in second. Fast behind them came XC2 Pro Lites winner Steward Baylor on his KTM 250 two-stroke. Much pre-season buzz centered around the 17-year-old Baylor’s attempt to win a race overall on his 250, and his Florida performance did not disappoint.

Last year, Mullins scored the first GNCC Title for an American-born rider since 2004. This year he appears to be up against stiff overseason competition again, with New Zealand’s Whibley joined by another Kiwi, WMR/KTM’s Rory Mead, who finished a strong third in the XC1 class and fourth in overall time behind Baylor.

Whibley grabbed the $250 Motosport.com Holeshot Award with Mullins close in tow. Whibley established himself early on and set the pace against a varied field of competitors. Riders such as Mullins, Mead, FMF/KTM’s Kailub Russell and Florida favorite Garrett Edmisten fought for the lead, but Whibley responded to each challenge.

CYPRESS, Calif. – February 28, 2012 – Yamaha Motor Corp., U.S.A., the leading maker of ATV and Side-by-Side (SxS) vehicles for outdoor enthusiasts, has selected its 2011 National Hunting and Fishing (NHF) Day sweepstakes winner.

As part of Yamaha’s ongoing support of NHF Day, the company will give a new Grizzly 450 Automatic 4×4 ATV to Adam Penton of Greeley, Colorado.  Mr. Penton was one of more than 26,000 people who entered in the 2011 ATV sweepstakes.  As an ongoing sponsor of NHF Day, Yamaha has aggressively supported the grassroots effort by donating one of its best-selling ATV models each year as a giveaway.

The Grizzly 450 ATV, valued at $6,899, is assembled right here in the U.S.A.  Yamaha is currently implementing a production transfer through the end of 2013 which will result in the majority of its worldwide ATV production being based in the United States.  Currently, all Yamaha 4×4 ATVs are rolling off the production line in the company’s state-of-the-art facility, Yamaha Motor Manufacturing Corporation, in Newnan, Georgia.

Yamaha’s new 2012 Grizzly 300 has a lot going for it, with many modern features, an easy-to-ride personality and most notably an affordable price tag. STI Tire & Wheel is now making this new 2-wheel-drive utility ATV even more attractive with a new tire/wheel kit.

STI has conveniently pre-mounted Black Diamond ATR tires (23x8R-12 in front, 23x10R-12 in back) to a set of 12×7 HD2 alloy wheels. This combination—ready to bolt on and go—provides much more performance and style to the Grizzly 300. OEM dimensions are only 22-inch tires on 10-inch wheels.

The cross-terrain radial Black Diamonds are significantly more aggressive than the stock tires and work great in all conditions, plus they are one inch taller than stock, which increases ground clearance. And STI’s two-inch-larger HD2 wheels are obviously a major upgrade from the Grizzly’s stock black steel wheels in both style and durability—they look great, plus they’re covered by a lifetime structural warranty.

Grizzly 300 owners looking for an easy and effective way to customize their new ride need look no further than STI.

STI Grizzly 300 kits are available at finer ATV/UTV dealers everywhere, through MTA Distributing. For more information, to place an order or to locate an STI dealer, visit www.stitireandwheel.com or call: East (318) 255-0049; West (951) 272-0971.