Championship Bonuses Up for Grabs for Yamaha Racers in Premier Series / Events

 Yamaha Motor Corp., USA, announces their new and returning factory-supported Side-by-Side (SxS) and ATV racers for the 2018 season, including defending champions returning to race Yamaha’s pure sport YXZ1000R SxS and best-selling YFZ450R sport ATV. Yamaha’s
bLU cRU race support program will continue offering championship bonuses to registered racers competing in a YXZ1000R or on a YFZ450R model.

Competing again in The Off-Road Championship (TORC) Pro Stock UTV class is decorated series race veteran and defending champion, CJ Greaves, in his Monster Energy / Maxxis / Yamalube / GYTR / Greaves Motorsports YXZ1000R. At only 22 years old, Greaves’ TORC series pedigree includes three Pro 2 truck championships (2014, 2015, 2016), three Pro 4 truck championships (2015, 2016, 2017), and the 2017 Pro Stock UTV Championship with a near-perfect run, winning 12 of 13 races last year.

Making his debut as a Yamaha factory-supported driver is defending Lucas Oil Off-Road Racing Series’ (LOORRS) Production 1000 UTV champion, Brock Heger, in his Jeremy McGrath Motorsports / Maxxis / ICON Vehicle Dynamics YXZ1000R. Last year, Heger and his YXZ1000R secured six first place finishes to capture the National LOORRS series’ inaugural Production 1000 UTV class, and bLU cRU championship bonus, with a 55-point lead ahead of the next competitor.

 Looking to keep his streak alive and secure Yamaha’s $15,000 bLU cRU UXC1 Pro UTV championship bonus, reigning two-time Grand National Cross Country (GNCC) UXC1 Pro UTV champion, Cody Miller, will defend his back-to-back titles piloting his Am-Pro / Yamaha / GYTR / Greaves Motorsports / Yamalube YXZ1000R SS. Miller’s 2017 GNCC victory in the Sport Shift YXZ.

Also returning for another year on the GNCC circuit is long-time Yamaha factory-supported racing veteran, Walker Fowler, defending his third-straight GNCC XC1 Pro ATV championship on his WFR / Fly / Lonestar YFZ450R. Fowler brings more than a decade of two and four-wheel experience to the starting line, going all the way back to his 2006 GNCC debut. Fowler will also compete in the UXC1 Pro UTV class for his second straight year, driving his Weller Racing / WFR / Yamaha YXZ1000R SS.

Heading up the ATV MX effort for Yamaha is five-time AMA Pro ATV MX champion, Chad Wienen, on his Wienen Motorsports / Maxxis / SSI / Walsh / GYTR YFZ450R. In 2016, Wienen became the second racer in ATV MX history, and the only racer in 25 years to win five-straight
MX Championships.