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Yamaha/ITP QuadCross Championship Series Announces New 250cc Race Classes
Yamaha’s Raptor 250 Sport ATV is Expected to Dominate Field

CYPRESS, Calif. – July 8, 2008 – The Yamaha/ITP QuadCross Championship Series kicked off two new 250cc class racing series on June 21, 2008, at the Speedworld MX Park in Surprise, Ariz.  Series champions of both the new 250cc Production Air-Cooled Limited and new 250cc Production Air-Cooled Modified Pro-Am classes will win a new Yamaha Raptor 250 ATV*.

The Raptor 250 sport ATV was first released last fall and has quickly become a favorite sport ATV for many while earning countless industry praise and best-in-class awards.  The new QuadCross classes are a result of the renewed excitement surrounding 250cc machines and the new Raptor.

“Yamaha is excited to see the new 250cc classes in the QuadCross series and we fully expect a Raptor 250 to win every race,” said Steve Nessl, marketing manager for Yamaha’s ATV/SxS group.  “The Raptor 250 is the only machine in its class built from the ground up to be a true sport machine.  No other stock machine with a 250cc engine compares.”

Yamaha is a title sponsor of the nine-race series that runs through November 30, 2008.  In addition to providing the two Raptor 250 machines as championship prizes, Yamaha is also covering the entry fees for the top five pro and top three expert riders on Raptor 250 ATVs in the Pro-Am class.  Criteria for the two classes include:

250cc Production Air-Cooled Limited: modifications limited to exhaust pipe, tires, wheels and handlebars; amateurs only; no pro or expert racers.
250cc Production Air-Cooled Modified Pro-Am: chassis and engine modifications allowed; 250cc maximum displacement; pro and expert racers only.

For more information on the Yamaha QuadCross Championship Series go to:
www.yamaha-motor.com/quadcross or www.itpquadcross.com.

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 more than 4,000 dealers in the United States.

Headquartered in Cypress, Calif., since its incorporation in 1977, YMUS 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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