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Yamaha Celebrates 2015 Championships and 60th Anniversary at Ironman GNCC

Yamaha celebrated the 2015 season and 60th anniversary at the GNCC Ironman finale displaying a complete line of 2016 ATVs and motorcycles along with the all-new YXZ1000R.



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Highlighting the ATV National Championship event was Yamaha Motorsports USA’s 60th Anniversary celebration commemorating and recognizing its history and heritage in motorsports and GNCC racing.

The celebration was attended by past Yamaha GNCC racing legends including nine-time pro champ Bill Ballance and nine-time women’s champ Traci Cecco. Ballance helped pit for Fowler, and Cecco competed alongside friends and fans alike, winning the WXC class at the Ironman.

“This has been another exciting year for Yamaha’s off-road racing programs, and it’s great to be celebrating current and past champions throughout our 60th anniversary,” said Donnie Luce, Yamaha’s Off-Road Racing Coordinator. “We’re stacking up trophies this year in both MX and cross country thanks to the best machines and riders in the industry. A lot has changed in 60 years, but Yamaha has stayed consistent as the leading brand in motorsports racing.”


Yamaha celebrated the 2015 season and 60th anniversary at the GNCC Ironman finale displaying a complete line of 2016 ATVs and motorcycles along with the all-new YXZ1000R – the world’s first and only pure sport Side-by-Side (SxS). The YXZ1000R also made its debut appearance into GNCC racing at the Ironman in the XC1 SxS class, creating a lot of buzz and excitement around the model. The Yamaha tent took part in the GNCC’s trick-or-treat festivities, giving out custom made “#1” Halloween candies, 60th anniversary collector’s edition beanies, hot chocolate and popcorn. Yamaha additionally awarded the brand’s top finishers in each class with a free congratulatory gift.


In addition to Yamaha’s 60th anniversary celebration, the GNCC community recognized the concluding days of Breast Cancer Awareness Month to help raise funds and awareness for this important cause at the Ironman. Honoring the cause, Yamaha pledged to donate $60 for each Yamaha racer who won their class – the donation amount in conjunction with the manufacturer’s 60 years in business. Yamaha funded over $1,200, with the weekend’s contribution totaling $7,606.50 towards Breast Cancer Awareness in the local community.

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