Friday, February 5, 2016

Yamaha YXZ1000R Finishes Top 10 in 2016 King of Hammers

Yamaha YXZ1000R
Weller Racing Yamaha YXZ1000R
Kennesaw, Ga. – February 5, 2016 – Yamaha Motor Corp., USA, introduced the YXZ1000R last fall as the first and only pure sport Side-by-Side (SxS) vehicle, and it is quickly proving its mettle on trails, dunes and race courses throughout the Southwest and across the country. This week, in its first-ever running of the ULTRA4 Racing Series King of the Hammers (KOH) UTV class, the YXZ1000R showcased the superior quality and performance built into this all-new machine.

“King of the Hammers is serious proving ground, and to see the YXZ1000R finish top 10 the first time it was entered backs up what we’ve been saying since September – this is one amazing industry-changing machine,” said Steve Nessl, Yamaha’s ATV and SxS group marketing manager. “Congratulations to Weller Racing on a great race, and we look forward to seeing a lot more Yamahas on the Hammers course next year.”

The YXZ1000R was entered into the KOH event by driver Jason Weller of Weller Racing and navigator Kyle Anderson. Leaving the starting line 47th out of 60 total entries, the team battled through the desert trails and grueling rock sections passing the majority of the field to finish 7th overall – a true testament to the talented team and the performance and durability of the YXZ1000R.

“We did it! We started 47th and ended up 7th!” Weller posted to his Facebook page after the race. “Our new Yamaha YXZ1000R ran flawless and took a beating. I believed we could do it and we did it! Kyle Anderson was a great navigator / co-pilot keeping me calm, focused and on point the whole time. Thanks to everyone involved and everyone that helped us get here!”

Yamaha YXZ1000R
Weller Racing on Jack North during #KOH2016
The annual KOH event has become legendary for its brutal desert course through some of the roughest and most challenging and punishing rock and bouldering sections of any timed event. It is a true test of driver talent and vehicle durability.

The YXZ1000R features the industry’s first and most powerful naturally aspirated three-cylinder 998cc sport engine combined with the first ever 5-speed sequential shift manual transmission in a SxS. This pairing of performance and driver control has created a direct connection between the driver, the machine and the terrain that is changing the meaning of “sport SxS.”

Every Yamaha SxS is assembled at Yamaha’s U.S. factory in Newnan, Georgia, for worldwide distribution.

View additional details on the new SxS models, along with Yamaha’s full lineup on

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About Yamaha Motor Corp., USA

Yamaha Motor Corporation, USA, (YMUS) a leader in the motorsports market, makes the toughest, most capable and versatile ATV and Side-by-Side vehicles. The company’s ever-expanding product offerings also include motorcycles, outboard motors, personal watercraft, snowmobiles, boats, outdoor power equipment, accessories, apparel and much more. YMUS products are sold through a nationwide network of dealers in the United States.

Headquartered in Cypress, Calif., since its incorporation in 1976, Yamaha also has facilities in Wisconsin and Georgia, as well as factory operations in Tennessee and Georgia. For more information on Yamaha, visit

Polaris RZRs Sweep Podium at King of the Hammers

Blake Van de Loo
Blake Van de Loo
Minneapolis, Feb 4, 2016– This year’s King of the Hammers (KOH) would see almost double the entries, 60 side-by-sides with most being RZRs, lining up to try to take “The Hammer” and a brand-new 2016 RZR XP Turbo EPS, which was offered to the Pro Class winner as part of Polaris RZRbeing the official side-by-side of the race. Three Polaris Factory Racers would line up their PolarisRZRs for the toughest off-road race in the world and when the dust settled, all three would finish in the top five.

In 2011, Polaris Factory Race Team Jagged X would take “The Hammer” with Brandon Schueler at the wheel of their Polaris RZR. Five years later, Jagged X would be back on top with Blake Van de Loo piloting and Chad Hummer co-piloting the No. 1919 RZR XP 1000 EPS to the win. Van de Loo would get a great starting position being seventh off the line and be able to pass many of the cars early in the race. 

Blake Van de Loo
Blake Van de Loo and Mitch Guthrie Battling on course
The No. 1919 would duel with 2015 Hammers Champion Mitch Guthrie in his No. 1RZR XP Turbo EPS for most of the rest of the race until Guthrie would break a heim joint on a lower control arm and have to repair it. The No. 1919 would have clear sailing the rest of the way and would cross the line more than 30 minutes ahead of the rest of the field. 

Branden Sims
Branden Sims

Polaris Factory Racer Branden Sims, in his No. 1913 RZR XP 1000, would finish second, and Chad Hughes, in the No. 1295 RZR XP 1000 EPS, would finish third giving RZR a clean sweep of the podium.

Chad Hughes
Chad Hughes
The RZR XP Turbo EPS would make its inaugural run at the KOH this year with Polaris Factory Racer Mitch Guthrie. Six-time KOH Champion Guthrie, running the No. 1 plate, would finish fifth, with RZRs finishing in four of the top five spots.

Mitch Guthrie
Mitch Guthrie

About Polaris
Polaris Industries Inc. (NYSE: PII) is a global powersports leader with annual 2015 sales of $4.7 billion. Polaris fuels the passion of riders, workers and outdoor enthusiasts with our RANGER®RZR® and POLARIS GENERAL™ side-by-side off-road vehicles; our SPORTSMAN®and POLARIS ACE® all-terrain off-road vehicles; VICTORY® and INDIAN MOTORCYCLE® midsize and heavyweight motorcycles; SLINGSHOT® moto-roadsters; and Polaris RMK®, INDY®, SWITCHBACK® and RUSH® snowmobiles. Polaris enhances the riding experience with parts, garments and accessories sold under multiple recognizable brands, and has a growing presence in adjacent markets globally with products including military and commercial off-road vehicles, quadricycles, and electric vehicles.

Blake Van de Loo Takes the Crown at the 2016 Polaris RZR UTV King of the Hammers

February 4, 2016 (Johnson Valley, CA) -- At the start of the Polaris RZR KOH UTV King of the Hammers, all eyes were on six-time KOH UTV Champ Mitch Guthrie. The question was—could the quiet, unassuming racer from Glendora, Calif., who had dominated the class for more than half a decade, net a record seventh win?  


The answer?  Not if Blake Van de Loo from Phoenix, Arizona is in town. Van de Loo, who won the UTV class of the 2015 Baja 1000, used his desert racing skills to quickly close the gap on Guthrie on the first lap. “I definitely took some risks in the desert,” said Van de Loo, who was the seventh driver to leave the start line—five positions behind Guthrie. “I pushed a little harder than I probably should have, but I kept it in control, and we got out in front and that’s what we wanted to do.”


Van de Loo and Guthrie then headed into the second lap neck-and-neck. “We caught Mitch after lap one, but then we were battling in the rocks going back and forth,” said Van de Loo. “Mitch is such a classy driver though. We’d catch up and he’d let us by and then he’d catch us, and we’d let him go by. We traded positions about 10 times.”


It wasn’t until Guthrie broke a front heim on his lower A-Arm coming down Jackhammer that Van De Loo took the lead for good. Guthrie estimates the mechanical cost him about 40 minutes—an amount that let Van de Loo easily run away with the race.


In the end, Van de Loo tackled the 115-mile course in a time of 4:22:53, 30 minutes faster than the next competitor. After recovering from the mechanical, Guthrie battled his way back to 5th. An impressive feat considering two-thirds of the field DNF’d, including 2016 Dakar Rally winner Marcus Patronelli.


On whether or not Guthrie was surprised that Van de Loo was the eventual winner, the former champ stated that “absolutely not."  


“Those were the two guys (Van de Loo and second place finisher Brandon Simms) that I was worried about at the start of the race, and they both came in ahead of me, so congrats to them.”


The victory marks Van de Loo’s first win in four starts and only the third time in the eight-year history of the UTV event that there has been a new winner.


Top Five:

1. Blake Van de Loo: 4:22:53

2. Branden Sims: 4:55:19

3. Chad Hughes:  5:05:52

4. Dean Bulloch: 5:11:44

5. Mitch Guthrie: 5:14:19


Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Growing John Deere Gator Utility Vehicle Family Provides Utility and Power to Meet Customer Needs

John Deere Gator XUV590i
John Deere Gator XUV590i
New options catered to outdoor enthusiasts for increased productivity

CARY, N.C. (Jan. 27, 2016) John Deere introduces the Gator™ XUV590i and XUV590i S4 Crossover Utility Vehicles, designed for operators who desire performance, comfort and customization. Equipped with a powerful twin-cylinder engine, independent four-wheel suspension and availability of more than 75 attachments, the XUV590i provides an unparalleled balance of performance and work capability in the mid-size class.

“The XUV590i and XUV590i S4 four-passenger models were designed to get more chores checked off your to-do list, in a more comfortable setting,” said Mark Davey, John Deere marketing manager, Gator utility vehicles. “Outdoor enthusiasts can navigate terrain faster with a top speed of over 45 mph thanks to quick acceleration powered by a 586 cc, 32 horsepower, liquid-cooled inline twin-cylinder gasoline engine.”

The two new Gator models boast performance features ideal for getting work done around the property. The XUV590i offers operators 10.5 inch minimum ground clearance, 800 lb. load capacity and 1,100 lb. towing capacity. Likewise, the XUV590i S4 has a 9.3-inch minimum ground clearance, 1,200 lb. load capacity and is capable of towing up to 1,100 lb.

John Deere Gator XUV590i S4
John Deere Gator XUV590i S4
The Gator XUV590i and XUV590i S4 also come standard with an 875 watt, 65 ampere alternator to run auxiliary attachments, such as lights, winches and sprayers, without the fear of discharging the battery.

Operators and passengers alike will appreciate the low noise and vibration levels on the new Gator XUV590i and XUV590i S4. These benefits are achieved by isolating the powertrain and utilizing sound-dampening material around the engine and CVT intakes.

The operator station has class-leading ergonomics and legroom for the operator and passengers. The Gator XUV590i and XUV590i S4 feature a large, 7.4 gallon fuel tank to keep the vehicle running longer between fill-ups. The instrument cluster is backlit and provides critical vehicle information, such as speed, engine rpm, fuel level, coolant temperature and warning lights for information, such as power steering, maintenance reminders and seat belt reminder.

The Gator XUV590i and XUV590i S4 utility vehicles are currently available at your local John Deere dealer. For more information, visit

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Yamaha Announces the Ultimate Ranch Hand Sweepstakes

2016 Yamaha Viking VI Ranch Edition SxS
2016 Yamaha Viking VI Ranch Edition SxS
Winner Will Receive a New 2016 Viking VI Ranch Edition

Kennesaw, Ga. – January 27, 2016 – Yamaha Motor Corp., USA, the industry leading manufacturer of ATV and Side-by-Side (SxS) vehicles for ranchers and farmers, announces the Ultimate Ranch Hand Sweepstakes. The winner will receive a new 2016 Viking VI Ranch Edition SxS with Electric Power Steering (EPS). Entries are now being accepted at

The 2016 Viking VI Ranch Edition brings an all-new level of comfort and convenience to tough, off-road ranch work and farm chores. With a 600-pound cargo bed rating, 1,500 pound towing capacity, seating for six full-size occupants and plenty of space for hauling feed, tools and equipment, it’s the ultimate ranch hand on four wheels.

“We created this sweepstakes to show our continued support and appreciation for ranchers, farmers and everyone who works in U.S. agriculture,” said Steve Nessl, marketing manager for Yamaha’s ATV/SxS group. “We know they’re typically working seven days a week and expect a SxS vehicle to be as hardworking and reliable as they are. The Viking VI Ranch Edition accomplishes this and combines Yamaha’s rugged durability with high-end styling and features to match.”

Highlights of the Viking VI Ranch Edition SxS include high-quality copper metallic painted bodywork, color-matched interior and sun top, and silver cast aluminum wheels. Also included is a center-mounted rearview mirror, mud flaps, overfenders, a heavy duty front brush guard and unique Ranch Edition badging. Total approximate retail value of the vehicle is $15,499. Like all of Yamaha’s SxSs and full-size ATVs, the Viking VI Ranch Edition is assembled in the USA at Yamaha’s factory in Newnan, Georgia for worldwide distribution.

Yamaha has a long-term commitment to supporting U.S. agriculture, farmers, farm families and communities by producing reliable, durable equipment, as well as promoting safe, responsible use of ATV and SxS vehicles. Through its long-lasting partnerships with Future Farmers of America (FFA) and National Ag Communicators of Tomorrow (ACT), Yamaha is proud to support youth developmental programs for the next generation of farmers and industry professionals.

The Viking VI Ranch Edition is equipped with Yamaha’s powerful and proven 700cc-class engine, three-way On-Command® system with 2WD, 4WD and 4WD full-differential lock engaged via an automotive-style rotating dial, and the industry’s most durable and reliable Ultramatic® transmission with high, low and reverse, providing the most natural feeling all-wheel engine braking. The Viking VI Ranch Edition also utilizes Yamaha’s Electric Power Steering (EPS) system. For more information, visit

The Ultimate Ranch Hand Sweepstakes is open now through May 31st. No purchase is necessary to enter. Winner determined by random drawing. Complete rules, entry details and additional information are available by visiting

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About Yamaha Motor Corp., USA

Yamaha Motor Corporation, USA, (YMUS) a leader in the motorsports market, makes the toughest, most capable and versatile ATV and Side-by-Side vehicles. The company’s ever-expanding product offerings also include motorcycles, outboard motors, personal watercraft, snowmobiles, boats, outdoor power equipment, accessories, apparel and much more. YMUS products are sold through a nationwide network of dealers in the United States.

Headquartered in Cypress, Calif., since its incorporation in 1976, Yamaha also has facilities in Wisconsin and Georgia, as well as factory operations in Tennessee and Georgia. For more information on Yamaha, visit
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