Yamaha to race sleds in cross country series

Yamaha Motor Corp. announced its return to snowmobile competition on the United States Cross Country (USCC) circuits for the 2011-12 season. Yamaha-backed racers will compete on both of USCC’s programs – the Midwest and USCC East.

Yamaha veterans Ross Erdman and Nathan Titus will ride the FX Nytro RTX in the Pro class, while the up-and-coming Ben Lindbom and Jake Jorgeson will saddle up for the Semi-Pro class in the USCC Midwest series. Rounding off the USCC team in the Sport class are Seth Thorsen and Steve Emerson on the Phazer RTX.

Longtime Yamaha snowmobile racer Erik Frigon will race Semi-Pro while mentoring Sport racer Michael Ewaschuk in the emerging USCC East division.

“We’re really excited to get back into racing,” said Wade West, Yamaha’s snowmobile marketing manager. “The increased interest in grassroots racing over the past few years makes our entry into cross country racing all the more important. We’ve found that the market is moving away from the prepackaged spectacle of stadium snocross and gravitating more toward the relatable cross country events that compete on the same trails we ride. That’s where our high performance four-stroke power shines and what our FX Nytro models were engineered to do.”

Yamaha also announced that it has stated a snowmobile sales event at TradeMySled.com. Yamaha is offering a $500 trade-in allowance and up to $1,000 customer cash on select 2012 Yamaha snowmobiles.

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