Team Blue is Back!
Last year Yamaha corporate did not field any true racing teams, but all that is changing for this upcoming season. Yamaha will have a half dozen racers and their teams spread across the USCC cross-country circuit and three more on the RMSHA hillclimb circuit. That's a big step up from a year ago!
We spent two days this week at Yamaha's snow-division headquarters in Pleasant Prairie, Wis., getting to know the racers and some of their support crew. These guys are chomping at the bit and several will be blogging on our site to discuss their experiences once the season gets started. Also, we were not shown the exact sleds that these guys will be riding, but the Nytro will be the steed to carry these guys into battle. Some of the names will be familiar here, but there is some relatively new blood being groomed as well.
Yamaha reps told us that they decided to stay out of snocross due to its declining fan base, support, and because cross country and hillclimb experience translates better to how a standard consumer may use their sled. From a product development standpoint, we feel this is a good move. There is no doubt that much of what ends up on production snowmobiles was derived and tested by race teams. Also, contrary to the beliefs of some, having all the OEMs participating in racing is good for everyone in the industry.
Here are the racers and what classes they will be racing in... Stay tuned to AmSnow for updates and check out more on the race circuits at www.usccracing.com and www.rmsha.com
By American Snowmobiler 's Senior Editor Mark Boncher