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Yamaha Announces 2009 ATV Factory Race Team
Race Team Members Prepare to Compete on All-New YFZ450R in 2009

CYPRESS, Calif. – November 14, 2008 – Yamaha Motor Corp., U.S.A., is proud to announce the 2009 ATV Yamaha Factory Race Team.  Riding for Yamaha in 2009 will be Bill Ballance, Traci Cecco, Brandon Sommers, Pat Brown and Dustin Nelson.  The announcement was made at Yamaha’s corporate headquarters this morning in Cypress, Calif.

“Yamaha’s 2009 ATV race team is packed full of top talent in national cross-country and motocross racing,” said Keith McCarty, Yamaha’s racing division manager.  “Next season is shaping up to be an exciting year for Yamaha ATV racing.  Whether it is Dustin competing for another championship on the MX tracks or Bill going for his tenth straight championship on the trails -- all of the racers will be on the new YFZ450R and it’s going to be fun to watch.”

More on Yamaha’s 2009 ATV Factory Race Team members:

Bill Ballance captured his latest title this year in the Grand National Cross Country (GNCC) XC1 Pro series and is widely considered the best ATV racer of all time.  Ballance holds a record nine consecutive GNCC championship titles and will be competing for number 10 next year.  He continues to inspire the entire Yamaha ATV race team with his racing experience and leadership.  Ballance is from Smiths Grove, Kentucky, and runs the #1 plate.

Traci Cecco secured her unprecedented seventh GNCC women’s title this year in a heated Ironman Finale.  Cecco is a veteran of the Yamaha race team and returns in 2009 to try to break her own GNCC women’s racing record.  She lives in Shamokin, Penn., and runs #201.

Brandon Sommers captured the GNCC XC2 class championship in 2007 and moved up to the XC1 class this year.  He finished an impressive fifth place in his first XC1 Pro season.  This will be Sommers second year racing for Team Yamaha.  Sommers is from Millersburg, Ohio, and runs #784.

Pat Brown is a top competitor for Yamaha in the AMA pro ATV motocross series.  He has won major events including the inaugural AMA ATV Open Championship in 2007 at Steel City in Delmont, Penn., and the Montreal Supercross at the Montreal Olympic Stadium this September.  Brown is from Pittstown, New Jersey, and runs the #199 plate.

Dustin Nelson is the 2008 Yamaha/ITP Quadcross MX Pro Class champion.  This was the second year Nelson took this title.  Besides being a top ATV MX racer, Nelson is a veteran Yamaha test rider and was very involved in the development of the all-new YFZ450R.  Nelson will be the first person to race the new YFZ450R when he competes at the Quadcross Finale at Glen Helen on November 30.  He lives in Ramona, Calif., and runs #94.

Yamaha announced the highly anticipated and all-new YFZ450R at its national dealer meeting in Las Vegas this September.  The new 2009 model year machine, built to be the world’s best all-around high performance racing and recreational sport ATV, comes loaded with state-of-the-art suspension, fuel injection, a no-weld aluminum frame and an all-new power packed engine set in a motocross-wide chassis.

Yamaha race team bios are available at: and more information on the new YFZ450R is available at:

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

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