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    Polaris Industries Inc. today announced the company has received a $54-million, three-year contract to provide All-Terrain Vehicles (ATVs), spare parts and trailers to Afghan and Iraqi security forces, the U.S. Government and other allied governments. The contract was received from the U.S. Army Contracting Command-Warren and includes options to extend the contract two additional years. This new contract award follows Polaris’ successful completion on an earlier multi-year contract awarded by the Army in 2007.

    “Polaris is proud to serve the U.S. Military and our allies. As the leading supplier of Military ultra-light mobility platforms, we provide our customers the most capable, high performance ATVs. For almost a decade, we have been working with Military customers, all over the world, integrating their unique needs with cost effective mobility solutions,” says Scott Wine, CEO of Polaris Industries. “With more than 3,000 battle proven vehicles deployed in theater, we have developed a strong understanding of our customers’ requirements. This unique position, coupled with our world-class manufacturing operations, allows us to supply vehicles quickly to meet the urgent operational needs of this contract.”

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      The off-road rumor mill is constantly churning and though most of it is no better than pure rubbish, once in a while something stands out from the crowd. The latest unfounded tidbit – a four-seat Kawasaki Teryx – piqued our interest .

      A couple of things about this rumor intrigued us. First, we’ve seen a number of links to a “Teryx 4 Territory” stickers showing up on off-road forums lately. While we have no idea who has been creating these (Kawasaki or some enterprising UTV enthusiast), where it gets interesting is that Kawasaki seems to have tried to get a vehicle called the “Teryx 4” certified with the California Environmental Protection Agency – Air Services Board. You can see the entire certification form here – but we’ve made a screen grab for your viewing pleasure.

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        Earlier in September the sport of TerraCross (formally known as Quad Terrain Challenge) made its return to the spotlight at the 2011 HayDays Extravaganza. Organizers, however, have no intention of stopping there.

        For those who don’t know, TerraCross sees both ATV and UTV racers challenged like almost never before with gnarly rock crossings, nasty log sections, deep mud and just about anything else you can think of.

        A series of teaser videos is being released for an upcoming TV test pilot based on TerraCross racing and we’ve got two of them for you to see right here.

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          Nothing has taken off in the world of powersports in recent years like side-by-sides, so it comes as little surprise that some sort of organizational body would emerge. We recently received a press release from a new organization calling itself the Internatinal SideXSide Association.

          Obviously this is a new group and we have no idea how well it will take hold, but it does have some fairly large industry names attached to it. Check out the full press release below the jump.

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            Warnert Racing / Can-Am DS 450 ATV Pro racers Adam McGill and Chris Bithell finished second and third in the Pro class this past weekend at the Mountain Ridge GNCC in Somerset, Pa. In the Can-Am GNCC morning session, UXC Racing / Can-Am X-Team racer Michael Swift won the morning overall and the highly competitive 4×4 Open class aboard his Can-Am Outlander 800R X xc.

            “McGill was close to earning his third win of the year, but he had a minor miscue on the final lap and had to settle for second in the Pro class. He gained some valuable ground on the Pro class points leader and that’s always good. To have both McGill and Bithell on the podium together, again, was great for team Warnert Racing / Can-Am,” says Jimmie O’Dell, Race Manager, Can-Am. “We continue to excel in the morning session, winning four classes and earning 10 of the top 20 morning finishing positions, highlighted by Michael Swift, who won both the a.m. overall and the 4×4 Open class.”

            McGill, who led for much of the race, regained the lead on final lap as he passed another two miles before the finish line. However, in a slippery rock section, McGill said his handguard caught on a tree and swung him sideways. By the time he recovered, he had lost the lead. He finished less than two seconds behind the winner. McGill, with his second-place overall finish, now trails the Pro class points leader by 27 points with three rounds remaining in 2011. Bithell, who earned his second straight afternoon podium, ran inside the top five all day, but worked his way into third place on the final lap. He is currently in third place in the Pro class points race, 14 points behind McGill.

            “In the first lap, there were about five of us that were really close and seemed like they were just kind of playing around so I went out there and took control and set the pace,” says McGill. “I was able to make up some valuable points, but I really want to win so I am going to go out there and give it everything I’ve got for the last three rounds.”

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