Yamaha Increases ATV Race Team Support for 2008
Team Yamaha Unveils New Support Semi at Glen
Helen March 8-9;
Thomas Brown Joins Team Yamaha for 2008
CYPRESS, Calif. – March 4,
2008 -- Yamaha Motor Corp., U.S.A.
continues to increase its support of the ATV
racing communities with an expanded race team
and support program for 2008. In a major showing
of this support, Team Yamaha will debut a new
ATV racing support semi at round one of the ATVA
MX Series at Glen Helen, California, March 8-9.
The new race semi will be a major part of
Yamaha’s weekend full of activities to support
its race team and welcome fans back for the new
season. Hands-on opportunities for fans include
product demonstration rides on Raptor 250 sport
ATVs, Grizzly 700 FI ATVs with electric power
steering and Rhino 700 FI Side-by-Side vehicles.
Yamaha will also pick someone out of the crowd
to be the lucky winner of a new Raptor 250 – the
most exciting new sport ATV on the market.
Yamaha’s ATV race-related support programs
complement its expanding race team which now
includes Pro-Am rider Thomas Brown. The complete
Yamaha ATV race team includes record setting
eight-time GNCC Champion Bill Ballance, record
setting six-time GNCC Champion Traci Cecco, 2007
AMA ATV Open Champion Pat Brown, 2007 GNCC XC2
Class Championship Brandon Sommers, Yamaha/ITP
QuadCross Champion Dustin Nelson and Pro-Am
rider Thomas Brown. Paul Turner is back for 2008
as the team’s head mechanic.
“From MX tracks to GNCC trails, 2007 was a
phenomenal year for the YFZ450 and Yamaha’s ATV
race team, and we are looking forward to another
successful season in 2008,” said Steve Nessl,
Yamaha ATV/SxS marketing manager. “The new Team
Yamaha support semi is the latest step in the
evolution of our championship race program.
Yamaha was the first to market with a race-ready
production 450cc ATV, and we will continue to
support the racing community by sponsoring top
riders to compete aboard the
In other team news, Bill Ballance and Traci
Cecco both had successful starts to the GNCC
season both earning podium finishes in the
initial race of the 13-round series which kicked
off March 2 in Melbourne, Florida.
Yamaha ATVs and SxS vehicles are designed,
engineered and built tough! Yamaha Motor Corp.,
USA headquarters are located in Cypress,
California. For more information on Yamaha,