While manufacturers have lost productivity due to viral mitigation mandates and supply-chain interruptions, dealers have been doing quite well. With so many people seeking to escape chaotic cities, UTV, ATV, dirt and street motorcycle, and personal watercraft sales have gone through the roof. Units are flying off of dealer floors. RV sales are up 500-percent, as people don’t want to fly or take any sort of mass transit. Our national forests and other public lands are packed with families getting away from it all, and UTVs are the best ways for families to return to nature and sanity. Racing UTVs is also a great stress release, and Kawasaki Team Green is offering a Teryx KRX1000 contingency program for the first time in its history.
BRIEF HISTORY OF KAWASAKI TEAM GREEN
For those recently discovering OHV recreation with UTVs, here’s a brief history of Kawasaki Team Green: 2020 was a historic moment for Kawasaki Team Green; for the first time in its 39-year history Team Green included UTVs in its ground-breaking Racer Rewards and support program. Founded in 1981, Kawasaki Team Green has long supported amateur motocross racing across the USA. The immediate goal was to support Kawasaki KX racers with on-track parts and service, but the long-term goal was to scout, recruit, groom and grow national amateur champions and amass umpteen national championships for Kawasaki. Ultimately, many of these youth and amateur champions would go on to be Factory Kawasaki Pro racers and Motocross and Supercross National and World champions.
For UTVs, being included in the 2020 Team Green Racer Rewards program is a huge deal. With the introduction of Kawasaki’s 2020 Teryx KRX1000, this could well be the launching pad for racing UTVs to follow the trajectory of dirt bikes into becoming a world-class sport.
Team Green’s three greatest success stories are Jeremy McGrath, the King of Supercross, Ricky Carmichael, the Greatest Of All Time (GOAT), and James “Bubba” Stewart, the first African-American SX National and World Champion. Many other multi-time champions have come up through Team Green to stardom.
While “Showtime” McGrath cut his racing teeth in BMX before motorizing his racing career, he was briefly a Team Green supported racer. He spent the last years of the 1980s in Mickey Thompson Grand Prix Ultracross, racing for Pro Circuit Kawasaki, his first national lime-light exposure. He switched to Supercross for 1990 and won the Vegas 125-West main. As Pro Circuit Kawasaki morphed into Team Peak Honda, McGrath was the team’s first champion in Western Regional 125s (now Lites and 250cc four-strokes) in 1991 and 1992. While McGrath never won a title on a Kawasaki, he went on to win seven SX championships and 73 SX mains on Hondas, Suzukis (mains not titles) and Yamahas. McGrath has since returned to Kawasaki as a brand spokesman and does the “Science of Supercross” segment on NBC Sports’ Monster Energy SX coverage.
Ricky Carmichael and James Stewart are two of the winningest racers in AMA Amateur/Por MX history, and they joined Team Green on KX65s and moved on to KX85s, KX105s, KX125s and KX250s. Watching them turn Pro and fly on KX125s in MX and SX Nationals was awesome. Both icons have also become the only racers in AMA-MX history to score perfect unbeaten seasons in all 24 (now) Lucas Oil MX National motos. Many, if not most, of America’s greatest MX/SX champions are Team Green graduates, and Team Green elevated the sport to where it is now – on top!
So, Team Green recognizing UTVs is a dream come true. UTV Action can see a bright future and is hoping that Kawasaki is developing KRX170, KRX250, KRX570 and KRX Turbo UTV models right now. Team Green could well launch UTV racing up several levels like it did dirt-bike racing in America, and seed its athletes into the yet-to-be formed AMA UTV Racing Hall of Fame!
RECAP OF THE KRX1000 CONTINGENCY PROGRAM
Kawasaki Team Green has released its Racer Rewards program for 2021 two-wheeled Supercross, Motocross and Off-Road events, and, as the 2020 racing season resumes, Team Green resumes its support of UTV racing and Teryx KRX1000 owners. Team Green offers contingencies in the WORCS UTV racing series ($141,750 for Pro Stock 1000 and Production 1000 Stock classes), Best in the Desert ($31,500 for UTV Production), AXCC ($38,500 for Pro 1000 and Pro/Am 1000 classes), Lucas Oil Off-Road Racing Series ($24,750 for LOORRS Production 1000), Titan Terrain Cross-Country series ($19,250 for Production 1000), and the SxS Sports King of the Elements UTV Series ($14,600 for Pro Stock and Sportsman classes). With King of the Hammers payouts of $15,000, that’s $271,850 available to owners of the 2020 Teryx KRX1000.
KRX1000 racers can sign up online for the Team Green Racer Rewards Program for remaining rounds to win up to $3000 per Pro class win in AXCC, BiTD, LOORRS, SxS Sports, Titan Terrain and WORCS UTV races. Register for the program online at https://www.kawasakisalesrewards.com. You will receive an automated email response once your registration has been approved. You must update your account every program year, prior to your first race or anytime there may be changes to your account. Racers will not qualify for Racer Rewards payments prior to registration and approval into the program.
In addition to registration, you must submit a signed W-9 form to: Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A., ATTN: Team Green Racer Rewards, 26972 Burbank, Foothill Ranch, CA 92610 or email to email@example.com. Go to http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/fw9.pdf to download the form. Racer Rewards payments will only be paid to racers submitting a valid U.S. social security number and a valid U.S. mailing address.
TEAM GREEN RACER REWARDS PROGRAM BENEFITS
- Kawasaki Racer Rewards MasterCard can be used wherever MasterCard is accepted
- Racer Rewards’ funds credited when results are approved
- Online account balance and account tracking (24 hours)
- Easy profile updates
- ATM Access (Pro riders only)
- Toll-Free customer service support 1-866-535-2544
Attn: Team Green Racer Rewards
Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A.
Foothill Ranch, CA 92610
Phone: (949) 716-0351
Fax: (949) 460-5612
TERYX KRX1000 DEMO DATES
Rock Run Summer Blast
High Lifter Mud Nationals
Sept. 30-Oct. 4
Hatfield McCoy National Trailfest
Sand Hollow SxS Adventure Rally