Yamaha Announces Supported 2016 ATV Racers
Champs Lead Yamaha’s ATV Racing Efforts Aboard the YFZ450R
KENNESAW, Ga. – April 4, 2016 – Yamaha Motor Corp., USA, the best-selling Sport ATV brand in America*, announces its supported 2016 ATV racers who will compete aboard the class-leading YFZ450R sport ATV.
Commanding the ATV MX effort for Yamaha in 2016 is four-time AMA Pro ATV champion Chad Wienen on his Wienen Motorsports/SSI YFZ450R. In 2015, Wienen became only the second racer in ATV MX history to win four back-to-back AMA Pro ATV MX championships, and the third in ATV MX history to be named a four-time champion. In 2016, already off to a winning start, Wienen looks to continue making history, chasing his fifth ATV MX championship in a row. Additionally vying for the ATV MX podium on a Yamaha is Root River/Maxxis’ Thomas Brown, who finished third at the opening round in Daytona.
Starting off the 2016 Grand National Cross Country (GNCC) series at the top of the podium, N-Fab/Am-Pro/Moto-XPerts Yamaha-sponsored Walker Fowler will defend his XC1 Pro ATV class title after securing the 2015 championship aboard his YFZ450R at only 22 years of age. Despite his youth, Fowler brings a decade of two and four-wheel experience to the podium, finishing every series no lower than second since his introduction to GNCC racing in the 2006 GNCC 90cc mod. class. Making his debut to the XC1 Pro ATV class and racing alongside Walker on his N-Fab/Am-Pro YFZ450R is the two-time XC2 ATV champion, Cole Richardson.
“Chad and Walker are definitely a powerful 1-2 punch in ATV MX and cross country racing as the top two reigning champs, and they are well positioned for a repeat in 2016,” said Donnie Luce, Yamaha’s Off-Road/ATV coordinator. “We have once again assembled a strong lineup of successful racers to continue the championship legacy of the YFZ450R and begin one for the all-new YXZ1000R.”
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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 www.yamahamotorsports.com