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Published on March 31st, 2014 | by Joe


Yamaha 2014 ATV Racing Season in Full Swing Wienen, Fowler and Nelson Lead Major ATV Racing Series

CYPRESS, Calif. – March 26, 2014 – Following a banner season in 2013, the Yamaha ATV Racing team is off to a strong start in 2014 topping podiums and leading three major series across the country.

Reigning back-to-back AMA ATV champion Chad Wienen won the season opener at Aonia Pass MX atop his YFZ450R, while teammate Thomas Brown, who placed second overall in the 2013, finished fifth.

Chad Wienen, back to back and defending ATV National Champion

“We had good starts in both moto’s last weekend, and that was key — the track didn’t allow for much passing,” Wienen said. “My new Wienen Motorsports YFZ450R was working great. We’re very happy to come out with the win and start the season off with the red plate.”

“Round 1 was a good start to the season, and my YFZ450R was working great,” Brown said.  “I’m looking forward the rest of the season.”

Thomas Brown

Coming off a strong 2013 finish with three wins in the Grand National Cross Country (GNCC) series, Yamaha’s Walker Fowler is tied for first place in the 2014 GNCC series XC1 standings after a win in Round 2 and third place finish in Round 1 aboard his YFZ450R.

Thomas Brown

Racing veteran and five-time QuadX Series champion Dustin Nelson won the 2014 QuadX season opener at Glen Helen Raceway and placed second in Round 3 of the World Off-Road Championship Series (WORCS) at Crazy Horse Campground in Lake Havasu City, Ariz.

Dustin Nelson

“I couldn’t be happier with our 2014 YFZ450Rs over the past two races,” Nelson said.  “We started with the QuadX at Glen Helen where having the power to get out front early is critical. My YFZR pulled both holeshots and took me to both 20-minute moto wins. Next, at the WORCS race in Lake Havasu, we were faced with a one hour and 45 minute final on the most grueling, whooped out sand track imaginable. Handling and energy conservation are everything in Havasu, and thanks to my YFZ450R we finished on the box in second place.”

“Yamaha’s ATV teams are racing the YFZ450R to the top of the podium in major series across the country — in MX and cross-country,” said Steve Nessl, Yamaha’s ATV/SxS group marketing manager. “The 2014 YFZ450R received significant updates when production moved to Yamaha’s U.S. factory in Georgia last year, and it’s exciting to see the race teams take full advantage of the new machine. Yamaha is looking forward to a great 2014 season with some of the best racers in the business and the best race quad in the world.”

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About Yamaha Motor Corp., U.S.A.

Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A., (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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