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    Yamaha OHV Access Initiative

    Yamaha Motor Corp., U.S.A. has contributed more than $40,000 in cash and equipment to five local riding groups to support OHV access in their respective areas.

    The awards – part of Yamaha’s Outdoor Access Initiative third quarter funding cycle of GRANTs (Guaranteeing Responsible Access to our Nation’s Trails) – coincided with the company’s participation at the 87th National Future Farmers of America (NFFA) Convention and Expo in October, where Yamaha promoted safe, responsible ATV and Side-by-Side vehicle use to future farmers.

    “The National FFA convention is a terrific opportunity to discuss the importance of safe and responsible riding habits for all uses of off-highway vehicles, whether recreational or as farming equipment,” says Steve Nessl, Yamaha ATV and SxS group marketing manager. “The expanded platform of the Yamaha Outdoor Access Initiative has increased its importance as a vehicle for reaching out to OHV users within the greater outdoor recreation community.”

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    Yamaha’s multifaceted support of the NFFA and its members includes Yamaha’s annual sponsorship of the National Agricultural Proficiency Award for Outdoor Recreation. This year’s Proficiency Award was given to Garret Eugene Leeds of Ohio for developing outdoor recreational activities as an income-producing enterprise on his uncle’s farm that improved marketing abilities and social media exposure.

    Yamaha also partnered with the Specialty Vehicle Institute of America (SVIA) for its booth activities that taught hands-on safety lessons with an ATV simulator, gave away a custom painted NFFA helmet, and ran a Viking giveaway promotion to NFFA Alumni to encourage their participation and future involvement in safety training for their chapters.

    “Yamaha has been proactive in promoting responsible messages to National FFA members and alumni,” said National FFA Alumni Promotional Program Manager Jada Buchanan. “NFFA Alumni members all around the country were thrilled to hear about Yamaha’s Viking promotion, and the NFFA applauds the company’s efforts to support the future of agriculture.”

    NFFA alumna Kaitlyn Benjamin of Massachusetts was the lucky winner of the Viking drawing.

    “When the FFA Alumni Association notified me that I was one in five recipients to win the Yamaha Viking SxS, I was ecstatic. I never thought I would really win. I was simply thrilled to know I had a chance,” says Benjamin. “Winning this Yamaha will be a huge asset to the family farm, where it can take 10 or more minutes to reach the outer borders. This SxS vehicle will surely be put to good use, and I’m so happy to have received such an amazing gift from the FFA Alumni Association and Yamaha.”

    The third quarter Yamaha Outdoor Access Initiative GRANT recipients are:
    • Aroostook Riders ATV Club, Maine
    • Coastal Off-Road Riders Association (CORRA), South Carolina
    • Mountwood Park ATV Adventures, West Virginia
    • Rice Creek Trail Association, Minnesota
    • Vermont ATV Sportsman’s Association (VASA)

    The projects awarded GRANTs support the program’s dedication to safe, responsible riding and open sustainable access to land, trails and riding areas for OHV users. Yamaha continues to seek qualified projects and applications at local, state and federal levels. The current Outdoor Access Initiative GRANT application form and guidelines are available online at www.yamahaoutdooraccess.com.

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      ShopYamaha.com UTV Parts and Accessories

      Christmas shopping just got easier for Yamaha riders and their families. For the first time, Yamaha is giving consumers the ability to purchase its apparel and accessories at a single online destination.

      Yamaha Parts and Accessories, a division of Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A., has launched a new e-commerce website – ShopYamaha.com.

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        Chad Wienen Dustin Nelson

        Yamaha Motor Corp., U.S.A., held its annual employee and Star Touring and Riding (S.T.A.R.) event at the company’s Cypress, Calif., headquarters last Friday. Throughout the special event Yamaha honored its 2014 motorsports racing champions as well as select past champions and celebrated 20 years of support for Feed the Children (FTC).

        Yamaha inducted 11 current and previous champions to the Yamaha Racing Wall of Champions. This year’s champions recognized at the event included: Paul Whibley, OMA Off Road National Champion; Dustin Nelson, QuadX Pro 450cc Champion; Chad Wienen, AMA Pro ATV MX Champion; Garrett Gerloff, GEICO Motorcycle Superbike Shootout Pro Sportbike Champion; Jeremy Martin, AMA 250cc MX National Champion; Jake Gagne, AMA Pro Daytona SportBike Champion; and Josh Hayes, AMA Pro SuperBike Champion and GEICO Motorcycle Superbike Shootout Pro Superbike Champion.

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          All American ATV Racer Kylie Ahart

          Yamaha Motor Corp., U.S.A., announced Kylie Ahart of Marietta, Ohio, the Yamaha “All-American ATV Racer” at the recent Grand National Cross Country (GNCC) awards banquet.

          Ahart was voted to the top position by her peers, friends and fans in an online contest hosted by Yamaha as a person and racer who embodies All-American ATV Racing values. She was awarded a complete racing package from Yamaha and GNCC during the banquet and will represent Yamaha in the 2015 GNCC season.

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            Yamaha Viking Camo

            Yamaha has donated a new 2014 Viking FI 4×4 in honor of National Hunting and Fishing Day’s (NHF Day) celebration of outdoor recreation and conservation. You can win it, but you’ve got to act fast. Registration closes at midnight on Oct. 31, 2014 at www.yamahaoutdoors.com/nhfday.

            Discuss this at our Yamaha Viking Forum.

            This year’s NHF Day celebration was held on Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014. Yamaha says it serves as the most effective grass roots effort ever taken to promote outdoor sports and conservation. Yamaha, through its relationships with organizations such as Ducks Unlimited, Safari Club International, Buckmasters, National Wild Turkey Federation, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, and NHF Day, among others, is a continued supporter of conservation efforts for outdoor recreational enthusiasts.

            The sweepstakes is open to all outdoor recreational sports enthusiasts. One lucky winner, 18 years-of-age or older, will receive an assembled in U.S.A. Viking FI 4×4 in Hunter Green. Total approximate retail value is $11,799. No purchase necessary. The winner will be determined by random drawing.

            Read our review of the 2014 Yamaha Viking FI 4×4

            Complete rules, entry details and additional information are available by visiting www.yamahaoutdoors.com/nhfday

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