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    Steve Beilman LOORSCan-Am Maverick 1000R X rs racers Steve Beilman and Wayne Matlock finished 1-2 at the UTV Open class at round one of the 2013 Lucas Oil Off Road Series (LOORS) at Glen Helen Raceway in Southern California. In Texas, Louis Powersports / Can-Am DS 450 Pro Cody Miller won both the Open Expert (Pro) and Pro-Am classes at round one of the Dockside Marine Texhoma Quad Racing Association (TQRA) series.

    “It’s great to have off-road racing veterans like Wayne Matlock and Steve Beilman behind the wheel of the new Maverick 1000R X rs and even better to have them put it on the LOORS podium. These guys basically had stock vehicles, sans the cage and doors, yet still dominated the UTV Open class at round one,” says Jimmie O’Dell, race manager, Can-Am. “Their genuine excitement about the Maverick, along with their recent racing success is not only contagious, but it also reinforces that fact that our all-new high-performance side-by-side vehicle is purpose-built to win races.”

    Wayne Matlock LOORSDespite limited practice time, Matlock qualified first in the UTV Open class, while Beilman secured the third spot on the line. At the start of the main event, a modified competitive vehicle edged Matlock for the holeshot, but both he and Beilman locked in behind the leader and, by lap two, were already pressuring him for the lead. Matlock was on rear bumper waiting for a time to pass, but was hampered when the leader slowed over a jump. Beilman took advantage of the leader’s pause and pinned it over a tabletop jump and literally leapt to the front, passing both the leader and Matlock. From there, Beilman maintained a steady pace and tried to extend his lead.

    Matlock made his move and made a timely pass after the finish line jump at the start of the fourth lap. Matlock’s pass put the Maverick pilots in first and second with several laps remaining. However, a mandatory caution allowed Matlock to reel in Beilman and during the final six laps the two racers put on a show, as they were bumper-to-bumper to the finish line. At the checkers, Beilman held off his fellow Can-Am racer by one second to take the first-ever LOORS win with the Maverick 1000R.

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      Arctic Cat WildcatArctic Cat has announced plans to build a new 50-inch wide, trail-legal Wildcat Side-by-Side.

      The only direct competitor to the new narrower Wildcat is the 50-inch Polaris RZR 800 – the machine that started the Sport Side-by-Side craze when it was unleashed in the 2008 model year. Assuming the 50-inch Wildcat retains the same 951cc V-Twin engine as the rest of the Wildcat family, it will hold a significant power advantage over the Polaris RZR 800. If the new Wildcat can offer a competitive price, this machine could be a huge it for Arctic Cat.

      A 50-inch Side-by-Side is important to both Polaris and Arctic Cat because it allows riders access to authorized ATV trails. Arctic Cat expects to begin shipping the 50-inch Wildcat side-by-side to dealers in the 2014 fiscal fourth quarter.

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        Yamaha Racing LogoFollowing a successful 2012 race season that saw Yamaha capture both the AMA ATV MX and GNCC ATV manufacturer’s titles, Big Blue has announced its 2013 ATV race teams.

        Yamaha has signed Chad Wienen and Thomas Brown to race the AMA ATV MX pro class, Dustin Nelson to compete in the Yamaha QuadX Series and World Off-Road Championship Series (WORCS), and Walker Fowler to represent Yamaha in the Grand National Cross Country (GNCC) XC-1 Pro Class.

        “Yamaha is excited to announce its championship caliber ATV race teams with top riders competing in the country’s leading motocross and cross-country series,” says Donnie Luce, Yamaha ATV/Off-Road racing coordinator. “Earning the manufacturer’s cups last year from both the AMA and GNCC series is a great honor and further solidifies Yamaha’s commitment to ATV racing both on and off the track.”

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          General Tire Mint 400 LogoPolaris has been a big supporter of desert racing in recent years, providing factory support for multiple race teams. Now Polaris has been announced as the presenting sponsor for the 2013 General Tire Mint 400. According to Polaris, there are more RZRs entered in The Mint 400 than any other vehicle.

          “We are thrilled to have Polaris as the presenting sponsor for the 2013 Mint 400,” says Mint 400 CEO Matt Martelli. “The UTV Class has exploded in growth over the past few years because they are affordable to campaign and virtually race-ready from the showroom floor. You can literally go buy a Polaris RZR from a dealer – and with a few modifications be out racing the next weekend! It’s really exciting to watch people get into these vehicles and then become die-hard off-road race fans!”

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            With the 2013 ATV and Side-by-Side racing season upon us, Polaris has announced its race teams and contingency program.

            Polaris will have teams competing in the Grand National Cross Country series (GNCC), World Off-Road Championship series (WORCS), Best in the Desert (BITD), SCORE International and Mud racing. Polaris also will continue to offer its ATV racing contingency program and has expanded its Side-by-Side contingency, which now includes both the BITD and SCORE series.

            “After a successful 2012, Polaris decided to expand its factory race team for 2013,” says Donna Beadle, race team manager for Polaris’ Off-Road Division. “We look forward to another exciting and successful race season.”

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            William Yokley GNCCPolaris will continue to support National Guard/Polaris/Coastal racing for 2013. William Yokley took the GNCC championship in his National Guard RZR XP 900 and will look to five-peat in the GNCC series this year. Yokley’s teammate, Scott Kiger finished second in the GNCC Open Modified class in his RZR XP 900 and is back for 2013.

            Polaris has provided support to the Muscle Milk/Blingstar team for 2013, and the team has signed Adam McGill to race a RZR XP 900 in the Open Modified class. The Muscle Milk/Blingstar team also will run the WORCS with RZR XP 900s.

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