Yamaha Motor Corp., USA supported ATV and side-by-side racers are taking an early lead in 2019, kicking off a number of series with notable bLU cRU wins already this year.
“There’s no secret to success other than the power, performance and durability Yamaha provides, combined with the highest level of talent, determination and grit these racers bring to the track each and every round,” said Donnie Luce, Yamaha’s MX / ATV / Off-Road coordinator. “This will be another exciting season for Yamaha Racing, the bLU cRU team and all devoted motorsports fans.”
Yamaha’s pure sport YXZ1000R carried a number of wins in recent weeks from the short course Lucas Oil track to the icy opening round of SXS Sports. Brock Heger, the 2017 and 2018 Lucas Oil Off-Road Racing Series (LOORRS) Production 1000 UTV Class national champ started right where he left off, securing the top spot in the LOORRS opening round at Glen Helen Raceway in his BH Motorsports / Yamaha / Weller Racing / Maxxis YXZ1000R. In the same weekend at the Lucas Oil Regional Off-Road Racing SoCal series, longtime Yamaha veteran Dustin Nelson brought home the Production 1000 regional trophy after securing the overall win in his YXZ1000R.
Shifting gears to SXS Sports’ Chasing the Triple, a new series featuring ice, short course, and cross-country SxS racing, YXZ drivers Scott Wasz, Jake Lunderby and Rodney VanEperen, owned the podium in first, second and third, respectively, in the Pro Stock class presented by Yamaha at USAir Motorsports Raceway. Now Wasz is the only bLU cRU racer eligible to win a YXZ1000R if he’s able to clinch the Pro Stock class and win every round.
In YFZ450R racing, Walker Fowler, four-time GNCC XC1 Pro ATV champion, and Cole Richardson finished first and second, respectively, in the GNCC’s sandy opening round at Wild Boar in Palatka, Florida. Fowler, racing his WFR / GBC / Fly Racing YFZ450R, continued his streak with another win at The General, round two of the series in Washington, Georgia, on March 17. Traci Pickens, the winningest woman in ATV racing with an unprecedented 11 WXC ATV GNCC championships, quickly turned things around at round two and captured the top WXC ATV spot at The General.
“We want to send a big shout out and congratulations to Yamaha Racing’s Johnny Gallagher, who has been competing in GNCC’s Pro class for 25 years. This is such an amazing accomplishment and overall testament to his passion for the sport,” Luce said.