ATV Racing has captured 2012 season championships in motocross and
cross-country, from North America to the Southern Hemisphere, all aboard
the world's most high-performance, race-dominating ATV, the YFZ450R.
Yamaha employees gathered outside of the company's U.S. headquarters in
Southern California today to celebrate their champions and make their
the Children food drop along with the Star Touring and Riding®
Association. This year Yamaha helped raise more than $27,000 through
employee donations and corporate fund raising efforts that will provide
food and essentials for approximately 2,000 families across the country
through next year. Today's food drop will support 400 families in Garden
Among the champions in attendance for the Yamaha celebration and food
drop were Chad Wienen and Traci Cecco-Pickens.
Chad Wienen joined Yamaha Racing just this season and raced his YFZ450R
to his first ever AMA Pro Championship. He dominated the Pro class
taking six wins and 10 straight podiums before locking in his first ever
season championship in August. Thomas Brown, aYamaha racing veteran of
five years, took an impressive fifth place overall in the Pro series
helping to secure the coveted AMA ATV Manufacture's Title for Yamaha.
Following the 2012 AMA season, Wienen and Brown drove north to take the
top two spots at the 2012 Montreal Supermotocross in Quebec in
September. Wienen topped the podium and Brown finished second -- both
aboard their YFZ450Rs -- in what became one of North America's most
competitive races this year in front of an estimate crowd of 40,000 fans.
In October, Wienen continued to carry his championship momentum overseas
capturing the New Zealand All Terrain Vehicle (ATV) Championships title
over the local favorite and Australian national champ.
In Grand National Cross Country (GNCC) action, Yamaha's Walker Fowler
and Taylor Kiser battled the field consistently aboard their YFZ450Rs
landing second and third XC-1 Pro class finishes respectively with 14
combined podiums. Yamaha's Traci Cecco-Pickens captured her historic
ninth Women's class championship a full two races before the season
ended. Known as the winningest woman in GNCC ATV racing history, Traci
announced her retirement at the Ironman GNCC event October 20. In her
final season, she secured her place among the best cross country racers
of all time finishing atop the podium in every race this year including
Longtime Yamaha rider Dustin Nelson and his Nelson Racing team member
Josh Row were joined by Travis Dillon and D.J. Noerr to make a winning
foursome in the Baja 500 Open Pro 450 class aboard their YFZ450R this
June. The Baja 500 is a world famous event and one of the toughest tests
of any racer or machine. This accomplishment was all the more impressive
for Nelson coming in the middle of his QuadX Series season. Nelson, who
holds a record five QuadX Series titles, battled for the 2012
championship all the way to the final moto ultimately landing second
Yamaha has worked with Feed the Children for more than 10 years raising
several hundred thousand dollars and feeding tens of thousands of
children. This is the sixth year Yamaha employees and Star Touring
members made the ride from Yamaha to the local Feed the Children office
to drop off donated supplies. Feed the Children is an international and
nonprofit relief organization that delivers food, medicine, clothing and
other necessities to individuals, children and families who lack those
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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, 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,
ATVs over 90cc are recommended for use only by riders 16 years and
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