The Yamaha XTReme Terrain Challenge (XTR Challenge) presented by Yamalube took over Loretta Lynn Ranch this past weekend as Yamaha YXZ1000R and Wolverine SxS fans, family and friends converged for a weekend of outdoor adventures and festivities in celebration of Yamaha’s all- new off-roading event.
The XTR Challenge put YXZ1000R and Wolverine SxS drivers and their co-pilots up against a demanding Side-by- Side course of natural and manmade obstacles with many choosing to use Yamaha’s new Adventure Pro GPS navigation tool while navigating the rugged, technical trails. Participants and spectators enjoyed the action-packed adventure throughout the weekend with hosted food, family activities and a concert headlined by country music star, Josh Gracin.
YXZ and Wolverine owners from around the country demonstrated their Proven Off-Road capabilities through the nearly 14-mile course of rugged natural terrain with varying elements including tight woods, hill climbs and descents, creek crossings, dry creek beds, washouts, rocks, mud and more. Spectators had a front-row seat as the participants also tackled five manmade obstacles:
- – YX(2E)Z Pass: Navigating a log course in a ravine at the bottom of a hill climb and decent.
- – YamaHoller: Multiple mud holes, tire obstacles, and strategically placed culverts.
- – Wolverine Ravine: Rock face followed by angled logs.
- – Winch Way: Creekside stretch of deep, thick mud spanning 200 yards.
- – Granite Garden: Two large rocks piles requiring precise line selection and skill.
“Our inaugural XTR Challenge was a great success as Yamaha enthusiasts from all over joined us to put both themselves and their SxS vehicle to the test in some pretty extreme off-road conditions,” said Steve Nessl, Yamaha’s motorsports group marketing manager. “Wolverine and YXZ owners alike proved themselves to be as Proven Off-Road as their machines, with many battling through adverse conditions to finish the course, and did so with a smile on their face. All involved are already looking forward to next year and Yamaha would like to thank to MX Sports and Loretta Lynn Ranch for playing a vital role in ensuring the success of our first ever Yamaha XTReme Terrain Challenge.”
Plans for next year’s XTReme Terrain Challenge are already in the works, with dates to be announced in early 2019. All participants at the inaugural XTR Challenge are guaranteed a spot in next year’s event should they choose to return for another chance to tackle the course.
Every Yamaha SxS is assembled at Yamaha’s U.S. factory in Newnan, Georgia, for worldwide distribution.