Yamaha Honors 2016 Champions, Donates Money To Charity

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Yamaha Motor Corporation USA (YMUS) announced that it put nine of its racers onto the Wall of Champions in a ceremony that was held at the company’s headquarters. The same day, it also presented a check to Feed the Children, said farewell to retiring Vice President of Motorcycle Operations Dennis McNeal, and paid recognition of Yamaha Racing Team Manager Tom Halverson’s 30 years of service.
The racers mentioned above won professional championships in 2016 riding Yamaha motorcycles, ATVs, and side-by-sides. Four road racers were honored at the ceremony, including 2016 MotoAmerica Superbike Champion Cameron Beaubier, 2016 MotoAmerica Supersport Champion Garrett Gerloff, 2016 MotoAmerica Superstock 1000 Champion Josh Herrin, and 2016 MotoAmerica Superstock 600 Champion Bryce Prince.

Cooper Webb, who one both the 2016 AMA 250 cc Supercross West Championship and the AMA 250 cc Motocross Championship was also included, along with 2016 AMA Pro ATV Motocross Champion Chad Wienen and GNCC XC1 ATV Champion Walker Fowler.

For the first time in history, two professional off-road Side-by-Side racers were inducted for the championships they won in the YXZ1000R’s debut year in racing. Corry Weller received a Wall of Champions plaque for winning the TORC Series Pro Stock UTV Championship, and Dustin Nelson obtained the same for his two Lucas Oil Off-Road Racing Series wins.

“Yamaha had another fantastic year in racing, with our riders and drivers winning Championships on both two wheels and four; on paved road racing tracks; in 80,000-seat stadiums; at picturesque motocross tracks; and on challenging, off-road courses all across the U.S.,” commented Keith McCarty, Motorsports Racing Division Manager for Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A. “The Yamaha Wall of Champions represents our longstanding corporate commitment to racing and the benefits it provides in advancing technology and developing consumer products that are the best in the world.”

Last but not least, thanks to the hard work and generosity of its employees, YMUS donated a check of $56,155 to the world-renowned Feed the Children charity as part of its 10th Annual Feed the Children Presentation.

In case you didn’t know, YMUS raises money for such charity events through employee donations, special dealer fundraising activities, and direct corporate donations from Yamaha’s customer satisfaction team.
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