The racing through the woods was intense all season as the best UTV pros fought for the top spot of 2017. Can-Am, Polaris and Yamaha were providing support to their drivers as the men raced down the trails, through the mud and across the gnarliest terrain. The Grand National Cross Country Championship for UTVs was settled at the final round recently at “Ironman” in Crawfordsville, Indiana. With blood, sweat and gears, Cody Miller put his Yamaha YXZ1000R paddle-shifter at the front for top gun. He’ll carry the number one plate for 2018.

As part of GNCC’s annual Breast Cancer Awareness efforts, Yamaha committed to donating $100 per Yamaha championship win and $50 per Yamaha race win at the Ironman series finale officially deemed a “pink race”. With 26 Yamaha racers earning championships and 29 total races won with Yamaha vehicles over the weekend, Yamaha donated a total of $4,050, supporting local breast cancer care and research for the Montgomery County Free Clinic (MCFC), a non-profit organization dedicated to providing free mammogram examinations across the Crawfordsville and Montgomery county region.


In short course last month, Yamaha factory-supported racer CJ Greaves captured the TORC Series’ Pro Stock class championship in his Johnny G Motorsports prepared Monster Energy / Yamaha Racing / Maxxis Tires / Yamalube #933 YXZ1000R with a near-perfect 12 of 13 first-place finishes. For his TORC Series Pro Stock UTV victory in a YXZ1000R, Yamaha rewarded Greaves with the $15,000 bLU cRU championship bonus. The series ended with a YXZ podium sweep for Yamaha, with drivers Zach Martin and Jake Lunderby taking second and third respectively.

In TORC’s Pro Mod UTV class, bLU cRU racer, Rodney Van Eperen secured an overall second-place finish driving his Powersports 1 / Johnny G Motorsports / Yamalube #945 non-turbo YXZ1000R – only eight points behind the leader, and against a fleet of turbos – further proving the YXZ1000R is the dominant, Proven Off-Road SxS for short course racing.


In the LOORRS national circuit, the YXZ1000R finished first through fifth overall in the Production 1000 UTV class, with Brock Heger and his Icon Vehicle Dynamics / AIRAID / Yamaha YXZ1000R on top with six first place wins, earning him the $15,000 bLU cRU championship bonus. Correspondingly finishing second through fifth in the series were Brandon Arthur, Paul O’Brien, Jason Weller, and Dustin Nelson. In the LOORRS Challenge Cup race, Yamaha’s YXZ1000R again swept the podium with Mickey Thomas in first, Brock Heger in second, and Brandon Arthur in third.

Currently in LORORS Arizona, bLU cRU racer Corry Weller leads the Production 1000 UTV class in her Dragonfire Racing / Weller Racing Yamaha YXZ1000R with only two rounds remaining, and is additionally the only racer to podium in every race thus far. Fellow YXZ racers Paul O’Brien and Will Munns presently round out the top spots in second and third, respectively. Although Weller is leading the charge for the win, all three will be battling for the series championship and $7,500 bLU cRU bonus.

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