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John Stewart

Yamaha GRANTs More Than $80,000 in First Quarter 2010

“As our OHV Access Initiative continues to grow, we are finding new relevant areas that can benefit the overall OHV community,” said Mike Martinez, general manager of Yamaha’s ATV and Side-by-Side Operations.  “The FFA’s Wildlife Proficiency students are mentored into future employment with Federal, State and local public land management agencies; relationships that will be important to establishing and maintaining policies that preserve our land while providing OHV enthusiasts’ safe recreation opportunities for generations.”

Since the introduction of the Yamaha OHV Access Initiative in 2008, Yamaha has GRANTed (Guaranteeing Responsible Access to our Nation’s Trails) nearly $1.5 million to more than 123 organizations devoted to preserving and maintaining safe and responsible OHV access.

In the 2010 first quarter funding cycle, Yamaha GRANTs were awarded to eight applicants.  Awardees include:
• Future Farmers of America, National
• Friends of Oceano Dunes, California
• Great Falls Trail Bike Riders, Montana
• Indian Valley Creek ATV Club, Pennsylvania
• Oswego Valley ATV Club, New York
• Responsible Recreation Foundation, Colorado
• United Trails Association, Nevada
• Wisconsin ATV Association, Wisconsin

“Even as the Yamaha OHV Access Initiative has matured, we have maintained a steadfast focus on promoting safe, responsible riding and open, sustainable trails,” said Steve Nessl, Yamaha’s ATV/SxS marketing manager.  “The results of the efforts supported by our GRANTs continue to benefit the OHV community locally, regionally and nationally.  We are very proud of the many results we’ve seen across the country and we will continue to build this program and support its critical mission.”

About the Yamaha OHV Access Initiative
Each quarter, Yamaha accepts applications from non-profit or tax-exempt organizations including OHV riding clubs, national forests and associations, and national, state and local government agencies.  A committee then reviews each application and awards GRANTs to deserving projects.  Applications for the second quarter of 2010 should be postmarked by June 30, 2010.

Examples of appropriate projects for GRANTs include, but are not limited to:
• Trail development, restoration and maintenance
• Trail signage and map production
• Staging area construction, renovation and maintenance
• Land stewardship, trail safety and education

 

Updated guidelines, an application form and information on the OHV Access Initiative are available at: www.yamaha-motor.com/ohvaccess. For specific questions about the OHV Access Initiative, call Yamaha’s dedicated OHV Access Initiative Hotline at 1-877-OHV-TRAIL (877-648-8724), email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or write to: Yamaha OHV Access Initiative Review Committee, 6555 Katella Avenue, Cypress, CA 90630-5101.

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, race kart engines, 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.yamaha-motor.com.
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John Stewart

Eastern W.E. Rock Series Drivers Tackle the Bonus Lines

Rausch Creek offers a different type of course combined of natural and man made terrain that includes a 20 foot vertical climb called the “Hands Climb.”  The weather also always plays a role in this event, “the most challenging part of this competition came on day 2 when the weather turned cold and the rain came out,” said Rich Klein, W.E. Rock Promoter.  “The track changes drastically when you are rock crawling in the rain.”

There was plenty to talk about in the competition zone.  Carl Shortridge backed up his 2009 East Coast class win by placing 1st over Allen Woodson, who came back after a year off the series.  Long time western series runner Hal Frost took 3rd place in his first ever eastern event.

In the Pro Modified class, Ken Blume found himself with such a huge lead going into the shootout on Sunday that he didn’t have to compete, but decided to attempt some of the undeniably hard bonus lines and maintained the lead for the 1st place finish.  Mike Thompson took the 2nd place podium spot, finding himself on the podium after three years and Derek West took a 3rd place finish.

In the Modified Stock class, Jake Good and Scott Angell, Team Rubberbelly Racing, took 1st place knocking off two-time World Stock Champion and hometown favorite Kurt Shramovich.  David Wine continued his winning ways in the F-Toy class in the 2010 opener, continuing his 2009 season streak of winning all of last season’s events.

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John Stewart

CalROCS Boasts Most Spectator Friendly Natural Course at Season Opener

Each competitor ran four separate courses per day, where there was definitely no shortage of carnage and rollovers.  In the Super Mod class Dustin Emick beat out Derek Trent at the last cone of the last course by pulling off a wild 20 foot drop bonus line for an 8-point lead to win the event.

The Unlimited class winner Brent Bradshaw “pulled the craziest line out there and did the most amazing 25 foot drop at an 85 degree angle that we have seen in years,” announced Bonner. “With a large ditch at the bottom he couldn’t gas it out and bounced all over the place before he was able to recover successfully.”  BJ Imlach had a great run on Sunday trying to catch Bradshaw, but couldn’t quite catch him finishing second.

The Pro Mod class had the most competition, but it was a neck-to-neck battle between Jessie Haines and Jon Hall.  Hall had a spectacular roll on day 2…up-righted it…and finished the course with only 2 seconds left to complete the course and stay in the race. In the end, Haines took the win by 3 points.

In the Full Body class, Jim Brown held a 1-point lead over 2009 reigning champion Mike Boone at the end of the day Saturday.  Brown maintained the lead on Sunday but Bill Rowlette snuck into take the second place spot putting Boone in third.  The Stock class was a little lopsided with Dan Patterson winning 1st place by 129 points over the 2nd place finisher, Brian Bennett. Chaz Merritt took 3rd place in his first ever rock crawling event.

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John Stewart

Eastern W.E. Rock Series Opener Hits the Rocks This Weekend

“The unique part of this course is it is a combination of natural terrain with man made obstacles,” said Rich Klein, W.E. Rock Promoter.  “The traction differences between the two offer a huge challenge for the teams, they can’t really dial in their rig for one or the other.” The biggest obstacle of this event will be the Hands Climb, which is a 20ft vertical wall that the driver has to climb starting out of a bowl with no running start.  Rausch Creek Owner Bruce Shallis commented, “Shannon Campbell is the only driver to ever make the climb, but even he was penalized for hitting a cone.”  As if the difference in traction and huge climbs wasn’t enough of a challenge, drivers may also face the Pennsylvania scattered rain showers, which can quickly change the course and slickness of the rock.

The 2009 season had some exciting competition that is sure to heat up again in 2010, pushing drivers to do insane maneuvers that you never thought was possible.  Unlimited Champion Carl Shortridge will be back in his Trail Gear buggy to defend his 2009 win against Alex Vonn and father and son competitors Bill and Chicky Barton.

Fighting it out in the Pro Modified Class will be East Coast seasoned W.E Rock vet Ken Blume against Derek West who placed 2nd in last years series, and has a recent win at the Rausch Creek King of the Hammers Qualifier just weeks earlier.  Maxxis driver Danny Rohrer will also be putting tread down to get to the finishers podium.

In the Modified Stock Class, 2007 and 2008 defending champion Kurt Shramovich, who did not run last years series, will be back this year to try and take back the championship from 2009 champion Jon Terhune.  Ricky Artes is sure to be right in the mix of all the action.

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Wind and Rocks Collide at W.E. Rock Ballistic Fabrication Pro National Competition

The battle in the Pro Modified class had Jesse Haines leading at the end of day one and day two in his brand new rock crawling rig, but he took second to Brad and Roger Lovell after the final shootout.  Lovell had made several small mistakes in the shootout giving Haines a comfortable lead as he crossed the line and started his time. But Haines took too much time attempting to do one of the big hill climbs and timed out, putting 35 points onto the scoreboard.  Troy Bailey, who had lead the majority of day one, had a huge roll over that put him towards the bottom of the competitors.  On Sunday Bailey successfully worked his way up the points ladder to finish third overall.  Also notable in the class was locals Mike Klensin placing 6th, and fourteen year old Wayland Campbell who took 11th place showing amazing talent that will once again represent the Campbell Enterprises for another generation.

Brent Bradshaw from Oregon took his first ever win in the Unlimited Class with Andrew Paulson taking his first ever podium in third place.  Tracy Jordan had the lead out of day one, but he had a mechanical failure on Sunday when his rear steer moved which resulted in a penalty.  When Jordan opted out of competing in the final shootout he opened the door for Bradshaw to take the win.   “This was a very close battle to the end, and it was hard for the judges to penalize Jordan.  We have worked hard to eliminate gray areas in our competitions and our judges are instructed to ‘call it as you see it’” explained Rich Klein.  Jordan finished second for the weekend.

Todd Stephensen clearly lead the Modified Stock class all weekend.  Dan Petterson made a charge at him late in the competition, but it was too late to overcome the deficit of the day before.  Stephensen finished first, with Patterson and Larry Karver rounding out the top three.

At the end of day one Jake Wright was leading the F-Toy class, but by the end of day two Nathan Unruh from Colorado had taken the clear lead.   With a close battle all day, Unruh took the win with Wright in second and Chris Dunkin in third.

“We had intense battles in 2009, and the 2010 courses are creating just as much competition between all of these amazing teams.  We try and create obstacles that we think will challenge the best, and they still overcome them,” said Rich Klein, W.E. Rock promoter.  The next stop on the Western US National series will be at the most amazing natural course made to man: Donner Ski Resort.  In the meantime, the Eastern US Nationals will have their first event in Rausch Creek, PA.

About W.E.ROCK Events, LLC.
W.E.ROCK Events, LLC. A Placerville, CA based company, sanctions, promotes, and hosts specialty off road events, including the W.E.ROCK Rockcrawling US Pro-National series and 13 international and sub-sanctions. Attracting thousands of spectators to each event, W.E.ROCK reaches a broad demographic of off-road enthusiasts and casual motorsports fans. The sport of rockcrawling has grown by giant leaps in the last decade and is now host to over 300 registered national-level competition teams. Major competition supporters and partners include Red Bull Energy Drink, Monster Energy, NOS Energy Drink, Home Depot, MAXXIS Tires, Cooper Tires, and Crown Royal. With the off road industry exceeding 4 billion in sales annually, the sport of rockcrawling leads the way in print media and advertising for the sport’s 12 major publications. For more information, visit www.werocklive.com

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