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ITP Racers Notch 6 Wins, 15 Podiums at Weekend Races

Ontario, California, April 17, 2014 - Team ITP racers came away with six class victories and 15 total podiums competing in the Grand National Cross Country series, World Off-Road Championship Series and the New England ATV Motocross series. Schoolboy A/B (13-15) racer Westley Wolfe won his class and the 10 a.m. overall at round four of the GNCC series in South Carolina. At the fourth round of WORCS, held in Hurricane, Utah, ITP-backed Chris Willing earned the SxS 850 class win. Josh Creamer earned two podiums in NEATV-MX Pro-level action at the series opener in Wallkill, N.Y.




Westley Wolfe won the morning overall and the Schoolboy (13-15) A/B class using ITP Holeshot GNCC tires at the Big Buck GNCC.


"Our team of racers had a good weekend at the South Carolina GNCC, winning five classes and the morning overall with Westley Wolfe," said Pat McGuire, Public Relations/Race Support. "SxS drivers Kyle Chaney and Marcus Pratt also grabbed impressive second-place podium runs at Big Buck. And we also had ATV Pro Josh Creamer earn two second-place finishes a very competitive and challenging NEATV-MX race in New York."




Kenny Rich Sr. is undefeated this season in the Masters (50+) class on his ITP Holeshot GNCC-equipped Suzuki ATV.


GNCC - Round 4
The VP Racing Fuels Big Buck GNCC was held in Union, S.C., in nearly ideal conditions for cross-country racing. The early morning session started off well for Team ITP as Carter Kerens took second overall on the 8 a.m. youth podium and second in the 90 Open (12-15) class. Jordan Digby won the 125 Sr. (12-15) class and earned fifth overall in the youth session on ITP tires and wheels.




The 125 Sr. (12-15) class was won by ITP-supported racer Jordan Digby.


The 10 a.m. session also featured an ITP-backed racer on the overall podium as Westley Wolfe was the top finishing amateur and also won the Schoolboy A/B (13-15) class. Kenny Rich Sr. also won his morning class, taking the win in the Master (50+) class. He's a perfect 4-for-4 this season racing on ITP GNCC tires. After a disappointing DNF at round three, Dale Batson rebounded quite nicely, grabbing the victory in the 35+ C class with his Suzuki ATV dressed in ITP tires. Other ITP racers to earn podiums during this time slot were WXC class racer Angel Knox and Women's Amateur (15+) competitor Kelley Deloach. Both racers finish third and currently lead their respective classes in points heading into round five.




Using an ITP Holeshot tire up front and Holeshot XC rear tire combination on his Honda, Justin Paul won the Junior 22+ class at the Big Buck GNCC.


Justin Paul put in a very successful race in the afternoon session, winning the Junior B (22+) class on ITP tires. With three consecutive podiums and a second straight win, Paul is now fourth in the class point standings despite missing the opener. Aaron Pridgen was eighth in the same class. Vet B (30+) racer Mark Batson, who is the current class points leader, earned his third podium in as many races with a second-place run at Big Buck.




Riding on ITP Terracross R/T HD tires, Turnkey UTV/Can-Am/ITP racer Kyle Chaney finished second in the XC1 Modified class at Big Buck.


Round two of the GNCC SxS Championship series was also held at Big Buck. Team ITP earned a podium in both the XC1 Modified and XC2 Limited classes. In spite of a fourth-row start, Chaney Racing's Kyle Chaney and co-pilot Chris Bithell took a hard-fought second overall in the XC1 class with a ITP Terracross-clad Maverick SxS. Marcus Pratt (Jack's Excavating/Can-Am) finished second in the XC2 Limited class and 12th overall, and is second in the class points.

Round five of the 2014 AMSOIL GNCC series is the Limestone 100, which is slated for Saturday, April 26, in Springville, Ind.


Nick Thompson

ITP-supported racer Nick Thompson took an impressive third-place finish on ITP Black Water EVO tires in the SxS Pro class at round four of WORCS held in Utah.

WORCS
The fourth round of WORCS was held in Utah's Sand Hollow State Park, an off-roading hub located in Hurricane, Utah., that features dunes, desert, whoops, dust and rocks. ITP had racers competing in every major SxS class.


"The course was mostly deep sand, with hidden, sharp rocks and some slick rock-crawling sections. The ITP Black Water EVO tires once again proved to be a dominant tire. We walked away with a third in the SxS Pro class and a first in the SxS 850 class," said Ryan Edwards, ITP tech support representative/West Coast race coordinator.


Nick Thompson earned third place in the SxS Pro class, using 30-inch Black Water EVO tires on his XP1000. He completed the four-lap race in 50:31.6 to earn his best finish of the year. Thompson was in 18th after lap one, but continually picked off riders after each lap to claw his way on the podium. Another top 10 finish in the SxS Pro ranks went to IMG Motorsports/ITP racer Michael Camp, who took ninth. Can-Am/ITP/Murray Racing member Dave Martinez took 12th, battling back from 19th after lap one.


Chris Willing

Also riding on ITP Black Water EVO tires, Chris Willing drove his No. 252 RZR to the SxS 850 class win at the Sand Hollow WORCS race in Utah.


The SxS 850 class victory went to Chris Willing, who used 27-inch ITP Black Water EVO tires on his Polaris. He led every lap of the race to notch his first win in three races this season. In an RZR800 with a 26-inch ITP Black Water EVO tire setup, Drew Schultz took home fourth in the class. Dallas Hash was the top SxS 1000 class finisher for ITP, taking seventh riding on Black Water EVO tires. Team IMG Motorsports/ITP racer Sara Price was 14th.




BCS Performance/Can-Am/ITP Pro Josh Creamer pulled some stellar holeshots with his ITP QuadCross MX2 front and QuadCross MX PRO Lite rear tire setup in New York.

NEATV-MX
The New England ATV Motocross series opener was held at the Walden Motocross facility in Wallkill, N.Y. Many top-named U.S. and Canadian pros attended the opening round since the AMA ATV MX series had an off weekend. Team ITP Pro Josh Creamer (BCS Performance/Can-Am) earned one moto victory and four total podiums, but had to settle for second place in both the Pro and Pro-Am classes.

About ITP

In business for more than 30 years, ITP has become the world's #1 ATV/UTV aftermarket tire and wheel source. ITP utilizes its experienced staff of engineers, designers and technicians at its two American tire facilities in Clinton, Tenn., and Jackson, Tenn., to develop award-winning tire-and-wheel designs for virtually all ATVs and side-by-side vehicles. Numerous outlets distribute ITP tires across the United States and in more than 25 countries worldwide. For a full-color ITP catalog, call toll-free: 1-800-859-4740. www.itptires.com


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RZRs fill the Podium in Pro Class at WORCS Round 4

Polaris Factory Racer Beau Baron
Polaris Factory Racer Beau Baron

Minneapolis, April 14, 2014-WORCS Round 4 returned to Sand Hollow OHV area in Hurricane, Utah, and Polaris Factory Racers Beau Baron and Mitch Guthrie Jr. would go one/two in the Pro Class.

Sand Hollow presents the racers with a different type of terrain from most of the other WORCS races. The six-mile, hour-long course travels through sand and sandstone and is one of the more scenic races in the series.

Polaris Racing/Holz Racing’s Beau Baron would grab the holeshot in his RZR XP 1000 and would race virtually unchallenged until lapped racers would slow him down giving Polaris/Guthrie Racing’s Mitch Guthrie Jr., also in a RZR XP 1000, the lead in the final lap. Guthrie, also dealing with the lapped racers, would see Baron regain the lead and steer his RZR XP 1000 to the win for his second win of the season. Guthrie would finish a solid second, Nick Thompson, also in a RZR would take third; with Polaris Factory Racers RJ Anderson and Ryan Piplic taking fourth and fifth. Baron currently holds the point lead for the series with Guthrie in second and Anderson in third.

Mitch Guthrie Jr.
Mitch Guthrie Jr.
Nick Thompson
Nick Thompson rounds out the podium in Third Place

About Polaris

Polaris is a recognized leader in the powersports industry with annual 2013 sales of $3.8 billion. Polaris designs, engineers, manufactures and markets innovative, high quality off-road vehicles, including all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) and the Polaris RANGER® and RZR® side-by-side vehicles, snowmobiles, motorcycles and on-road electric/hybrid powered vehicles.

Polaris is among the global sales leaders for both snowmobiles and off-road vehicles and has established a presence in the heavyweight cruiser and touring motorcycle market with the Victory and Indian Motorcycle brands. Additionally, Polaris continues to invest in the global on-road small electric/hybrid powered vehicle industry with Global Electric Motorcars (GEM), Goupil Industrie SA, Aixam Mega S.A.S., and internally developed vehicles. Polaris enhances the riding experience with a complete line of Polaris Engineered parts, accessories and apparel, Klim branded apparel and ORV accessories under the Kolpin and Cycle Country brands.

Polaris Industries Inc. trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “PII,” and the Company is included in the S&P Mid-Cap 400 stock price index.

Information about the complete line of Polaris products, apparel and vehicle accessories are available from authorized Polaris dealers or anytime at www.polaris.com.
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William Yokley Takes Win at Big Buck

Polaris Factory Racer William Yokley
Polaris Factory Racer William Yokley
Teammate Scott Kiger takes third, Higbee second in 4x4 Senior

Minneapolis, April 15, 2014- Big Buck in Union, SC, is the second race of the six-race UTV series for GNCC.

Polaris Factory Racers William Yokley, John Yokley and Scott Kiger along with 30 other XC1 Modified Racers would take the line for top honors. When the dust settled, William Yokley in his Polaris / Coastal / CST / National Guard / Yoshimura / Yokley Racing RZR XP 900 would take the checkered flag with teammate Scott Kiger taking third. John Yokley, after finishing first at The Washington in his Big Country Powersports RZR 900, would take fourth. The win catapulted William Yokley into first place in the series standings, with teammates John Yokley and Scott Kiger in second and third. 

Scott Kiger
Scott Kiger
On the ATV side, Team UXC Racing’s Don Higbee would travel from Wyoming to take second in the 4x4 Senior class on his Scrambler XP 850. Polaris Factory Racers Michael Swift and Rick Cecco took fifth and sixth in the 4x4 Pro class on their Scrambler XP 850s.

In Texas, Team UXC Racing’s Chris Robinson got his third win of the year at TORN Round 3, in the Utility class, on his Scrambler XP 1000. Robinson also finished second in the Expert class night race.

The next GNCC Race is Dunlop Limestone 100 in Springville, Ind. (ATV Only), April 26-27 and the next GNCC Race for UTVs is Rocky Mountain ATV*MC Mountaineer Run in Masontown, WV, May 24-25. The next TORN Race is May 3-4, in Crofton, TX.

William Yokley, Scott Kiger and John Yokley are sponsored by Polaris, Big Country Powersports, Yoshimura, STI, Night Krawler Kustoms, Hot Cams, OMF, Yokley Racing and Coastal Racing.

Team UXC Racing is sponsored by Polaris, Driven Powersports, Maxxis Tires, Fly, Evans Coolant, Axis, Hiper, ROX Speed FX, Dirtworks, SSI Decals, Thermo Tec, Leatt, Ricochet, DP Brakes, Spider, Moto Pro Training, Scott Outerwears, FASST, Fourwerx Carbon Fiber, America’s Motorsports, Ams-Oil, Tire Balls, Ruralube, Rigid Industries, Holz Racing Products, Knight Krawlers Kustoms, Yoshimura


Cecco Racing is sponsored by Polaris, Polaris Engineered Parts, Accessories & Apparel, Coldcock Whiskey, Maxxis, Big Gun, DBP Perfomance, Moose Offroad, Keizer, Custom Axis, Powermadd, Rox Speedfx, Fasstco, DP Brakes, Spider, PNP Supplements, Riccochet, SuperATV, KN Engineering, Bike Trikes and Quads, STM Powersports, ATV Fourplay, All Balls, Zdobinski Allstate Insurance, Tire Balls and Vanilla Gorrilla.

About Polaris

Polaris is a recognized leader in the powersports industry with annual 2013 sales of $3.8 billion. Polaris designs, engineers, manufactures and markets innovative, high quality off-road vehicles, including all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) and the Polaris RANGER® and RZR® side-by-side vehicles, snowmobiles, motorcycles and on-road electric/hybrid powered vehicles.

Polaris is among the global sales leaders for both snowmobiles and off-road vehicles and has established a presence in the heavyweight cruiser and touring motorcycle market with the Victory and Indian Motorcycle brands. Additionally, Polaris continues to invest in the global on-road small electric/hybrid powered vehicle industry with Global Electric Motorcars (GEM), Goupil Industrie SA, Aixam Mega S.A.S., and internally developed vehicles. Polaris enhances the riding experience with a complete line of Polaris Engineered parts, accessories and apparel, Klim branded apparel and ORV accessories under the Kolpin and Cycle Country brands.

Polaris Industries Inc. trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “PII”, and the Company is included in the S&P Mid-Cap 400 stock price index.

Information about the complete line of Polaris products, apparel and vehicle accessories are available from authorized Polaris dealers or anytime at www.polaris.com.
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GBC Motorsports Racers Power Through Sand Hollow WORCS

RJ Anderson
RJ Anderson
Anaheim, Calif. - April 17, 2014 - GBC Motorsports racers headed out to Hurricane, Utah for WORCS Round 4. The Sand Hollow course was credited with more mechanical issues and DNFs than WORCS races are used to seeing. As the name implies, there’s plenty of sand at Sand Hollow, but some unexpected rocky sections did a number on a handful of competitors.

RJ Anderson led the way for GBC racers in the SXS Pro class. Anderson ran at the front of the 28-person class, but a few mechanical issues slowed him down along the way. Anderson finished 4th in the class which was good enough for 4th Overall as well. As we just about reach the halfway point in the series, Anderson’s strong showing at Sand Hollow pushed him into a tie for 3rd place in the class standings.


Justin Dawes, No. 481

Justin Dawes also represented GBC Motorsports in the SXS Pro class and notched an 11th place finish, while fellow GBC driver Nick Granlund finished 17th. Nolan Remlinger was coming off a 9th place finish at Lake Havasu WORCS but had a tough day resulting in 25th place.


Nick Granlund, No. 68

GBC newcomer Casey Wallace piloted his Mongrel-equipped RZR to a 5th place finish in the SXS 1000 class, while Landon Roundy took 4th in the SXS Sport class.


Casey Wallace, No. 35

On the ATV side of things, Brian Sirevaag made his first appearance at WORCS this season, finishing 3rd in the Sport 15-29 A Class and winning the Team A competition. Brian enjoyed a productive 2013 WORCS campaign and it’s great to see him back out on the course.


Landon Roundy, No. 401

WORCS Racing will next take GBC racers to the Ridgecrest Fairgrounds in Ridgecrest, CA for Round 5 of competition. Learn more about GBC’s full lineup of ATV and SXS tires by visiting www.GBCMotorsports.com, and follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for the latest racing updates.

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WORCS Racing SxS Race Results from Sand Hollow, UT

WORCS Racing - Sand Hollow
WORCS Racing - Sand Hollow SxS Start
Sand Hollow State Parks, UT - The WORCS Racing Series headed to Sand Hollow State Park in Hurricane, Utah for arguably one of the best race venues on the circuit. WORCS Round Four was held on April 11-13, 2014 and Polaris RZR dominated the podium.

The Sand Hollow State Park features red rock that are mixed with red sand against the picturesque blue waters of the Sand Hollow reservoir. The 8 mile SxS track had technical rock sections, whoops and deep ruts which kept racers attention throughout the race that lasted for an hour.


Beau Baron
Beau Baron takes 1st Place in SxS Pro
Polaris RZR XP 1000 Dominates WORCS SxS Pro Class

Polaris sponsored racers Beau Baron, Mitch Guthrie Jr., RJ Anderson and Ryan Piplic all started on the first row in super competitive SxS Pro class and battled all the way to the finish. Positions were swapped several times during the race, but in the end it was Baron, Guthrie, Anderson then Piplic that crossed the finish line it what appeared to be the top four. But there were three rows of Pro SxS that had a stagger start and Nick Thompson edged out Anderson and Piplic to claim third place on corrected time.


Mitch Guthrie Jr.
Mitch Guthrie Jr. Takes 2nd Place in SxS Pro


Nick Thompson
Nick Thompson would start on the 3rd row and take 3rd place in SxS Pro
The SxS 1000 class podium consisted of Matthew Hancock, Ben Hoopes and Mike Gardner.

SxS 850 class podium was topped by Chris Willing, then Jim Berry and Chris Elias in third.

SXS Pro
11Beau BaronAtascadero, CAPOL40:49:28.716
251Mitch Guthrie, Jr.Glendora, CAPOL40:49:34.454
3176Nick ThompsonLake Elsinore, CAPOL40:50:31.601
437Rj AndersonRiverside, CAPOL40:50:38.385
515Ryan PiplicLas Vegas, NVPOL40:50:40.895
6457.Jeff OberingCedar City, UTPOL40:52:11.726
794Tyler WinburyOjai, CAPOL40:52:30.379
84Nick NelsonTehachapi, CAPOL40:53:02.960
995Michael CampLake Elsinore, CAPOL40:53:05.060
1024Clint RobertsCorona, CAPOL40:53:44.807
11481Justin DawesLake Elisnore, CAPOL40:53:47.303
129David MartinezHighland, CACA40:55:25.162
1319Greg RowAlpine, CAPOL40:55:44.561
1469Richie LaatzN Las Vegas, NVPOL40:55:48.941
1555Tim WyattCanton, GAPOL40:56:15.367
168John PachecoLake Elsinore, CACA40:57:33.053
1768Nic GranlundLas Vegas, NVPOL40:57:59.286
18999Andrei IsacLas Vegas, NVPOL40:58:22.721
1917Stacey PikeKingman, AZOTH40:59:25.490
20603Josh FrederickMoapa, NVCA30:50:28.637
21191Jacob ShawLakeside, CAPOL30:51:43.003
2233Codey RowleyLas Vegas, NVPOL20:25:00.800
23435Ray BullochCedar City, UTART20:26:36.139
2423Pablo VegliaRedondo Beach, CACA20:27:37.539
25111Nolan RemlingerFullerton, CAKAW21:01:54.317
2679Dean PriceCanyon Lake, CAPOL21:04:26.073
DNF11Doug EichnerEl Cajon, CAPOL10:12:29.106
DNS76Tj LavinHenderson, NVOTH0
SXS 1000
11aMatthew HancockTempe, AZPOL40:50:57.434
288Benjamin HoopesProvo, UTPOL40:52:38.907
3108Mike GardnerLake Forest, CAPOL40:53:15.604
4228Jordan Hansen*St George, UTPOL40:56:50.738
535.Casey WallaceSan Diego, CAPOL40:57:02.163
6217Aspen ChournosSt. George, UTART40:58:27.839
726Dallas HashLochbuie, COPOL41:00:13.671
8969Dylan WinburyOjai, CAPOL41:15:18.741
9422David HaagsmaBakersfield, CAPOL30:37:50.486
10234Justin HutchinsonApple Valley, CACA30:45:35.838
11193Joe ButlerApple Valley, CAPOL30:46:05.988
12194Kipp MickelsAppley Valley, CAPOL30:47:01.546
13717Logan OberingCedar City, UTPOL30:47:19.521
1478Sara PriceCanyon Lake, CAPOL30:48:17.153
15155Todd GodfreySandy, UTART30:49:15.707
16114Angela OlanderWhittmann, AZPOL30:49:34.777
17107Bryce LamontOkottes, AlbertaPOL30:49:47.450
18456Alfredo RamirezPaso Robles, CAPOL30:50:20.082
19110Shawn ViolaLake Elsinore, CAPOL30:51:43.899
20220Cody ShinnSanta Margarita, CAPOL20:31:34.386
21219Richard BronsenaCedar City, UTPOL20:36:20.000
DNF520Ronnie AndersonRiverside, CAPOL10:13:52.596
DNF230Kelsea GodfreySandy, UTART10:14:40.291
DNF312Keith JohnsonWest Hills, CAPOL10:13:14.031
DNF661Kyle MelvilleActon, CACA10:50:35.472
DNF221Tyler NelsonSaratoga Springs, UTART10:18:33.102
DNF200Zack SkipperSan Bernardino, CACA10:14:44.007
DNF218Todd StephensenCedar City, UTOTH10:13:38.756
DNS229Zane LucasLas Vegas, NVART0
SXS 850
1252Chris WillingGardenerville, NVPOL30:46:37.387
221Jim BerryKingman, AZKAW30:48:47.096
3710Chris EliasLake Havasu City, AZPOL30:59:17.663
4320Drew SchultzBellemont, AZPOL31:03:45.232
5255Dave ProvostLas Vegas, NVPOL20:59:15.390
6256Scott SnowWashington, UTOTH21:05:07.630
747James JezikLas Vegas, NVPOL21:09:53.780
DNF133Adam LevingsLake Havasu City, AZPOL11:13:16.045
DNF138Danny RosenzweigVista, CAJMB10:29:02.961
DNS253Mike Colosimo, NVPOL0
SXS Sport
1402Shane PrisbreyCedar, UTPOL30:46:05.172
2400Lyn MattoxAlta Loma, CAART30:47:04.452
31057Dakotah PalmerSt George, UTPOL30:47:27.064
4401Landon RoundySt George, UTART30:48:28.776
5405Chase SlaughSaint George, UTPOL30:51:57.406
6403James JaramilloLas Vegas, NVART30:54:45.957
7396Corbin WellsSt George, UTPOL20:31:45.459
8688Jeanne MccartneyHurricane, UTATK20:49:06.964
SXS Youth 200 Stock
11495Jace FillmoreWashington, UTPOL90:32:19.781
2404Amanda SorensenLas Vegas, NVPOL90:32:24.796
3548Bailey BaronAtascadero, CAPOL80:32:13.796
SXS Youth 200 Prod
188Jesse HoopesProvo, UTPOL90:30:40.750


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2014 WORCS Racing Schedule

Round Date Track City, State
1 January 17-19, 2014 Honolulu Hills MX Taft, CA
2 Febuary 7-9, 2014 Buffalo Bills Primm, NV
3 March 14-16, 2014 Crazy Horse Campground Lake Havasu, AZ
4 April 11-13, 2014 Sand Hollow ORV Hurricane, UT
5 May 9-11, 2014 TBA
6 July 11-13, 2014 Pala MX Track Pala, CA
7 August 1-3, 2014 Straddleline ORV McCleary, WA
8 September 12-14, 2014 Glen Helen Raceway Devore, CA
9 October 17-19, 2014 Buffalo Bills Primm, NV

About WORCS: WORCS RACING is always working towards bringing off road racing the fame and fortune it deserves. Our mission statement: "...to bring professionalism, integrity, quality, and most of all fun to each and every round, all the while staying true to the family oriented grass roots environment that off road racing is all about. "

For more information log on to www.worcsracing.com or follow along on Facebook at www.facebook.com/worcsracing


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STI Introduces the Outback Max Tire Line

STI Outback Max
STI Outback Max

STI's Newest Mud Tire - the Outback Max - Delivers Measurable Performance Gains

YORBA LINDA, Calif. (April 7, 2014) - Unveiled at the recent Mud Nationals, the new STI Outback Max tire line is a powerful expansion of the Outback tire lineup, delivering measurable performance gains over existing mud tires. The new Outback Max tires are available in three sizes: 30/10-14; 31/10-15; 32/10-17.

In all three true-to-measure sizes, the STI Outback Max uses an 8-ply rated carcass that allows low-psi operation, superior flotation, and the durability riders demand, while keeping the weight competitive.

The aggressive tread pattern features center lugs measuring 1.5 inches deep, with 2.0-inch deep lugs at the shoulders. These lugs are built with a stepped-base design that minimizes flex across the tire’s tread, maximizing traction and tire strength.

“We’ve engineered a better mud tire for today’s large-bore UTVs,” said STI’s Jamie Chisholm. “The market needed a tire that could handle the weight and horsepower of today’s high-performance UTVs. The Outback Max is designed to deliver superior traction in the sloppiest conditions, pulling hard through the mud and still offering a smooth ride on hard-packed terrain.”

The Outback Max tires complement STI’s line of Outback AT and XT tires, a multi-size lineup of all-conditions tires currently available in 25-inch up to 28-inch sizes. 

STI Outback Max Mud Tire
STI Outback Max Mud Tire is available in three sizes: 30/10-14; 31/10-15; 32/10-17
About STI Tire & Wheel

STI Tire & Wheel designs and manufactures tires, wheels and tubes for owners of off-road motorcycles, UTVs and ATVs. Launched in 2010, STI is lead by powersports industry veterans with a deep understanding of the needs of off-road enthusiasts. STI Tire & Wheel products are available at motorcycle and ATV retailers nationwide, online and at select powersports events.

www.stitireandwheel.com
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Rahders wins Round 2 Lucas Oil Regional Series XP Class

Cody Rahders
Cody Rahders
Minneapolis, April 7, 2014 - Cody Rahders repeated his Round 1 results and won Round 2 of the Lucas Oil Regional Series XP Class and then followed it up with another second place finish in the Production 1000 class.

In what is already turning into a tight point’s battle, in both the Production 1000 and XP Classes early on in the season, Rahders has been continuing to turn in solid results.

Starting with qualifying, Rahders set the pole in both Production 1000 and XP Classes. With the draw for the inversion, he started in the sixth position in the XP class and fourth position in the Production 1000 class.

Rahder’s first main event of the day was the XP class and within the first lap he moved into fourth place. As the laps wore on, he went to third, second and then traded the lead several times with the second place car. On the last lap, there was a full course caution which brought on a green/white/checker to finish the race.

At the restart, Rahders and the second place car traded the lead two more times during the green flag lap and as they approached the white flag, the two came together over a jump which sent Rahders off the track. He maintained control, got back on the track staying in second place and kept the leader within five car lengths. As the race progressed, Rahders managed to make up a couple of car lengths and as they went through the rhythm section the leader slowed and Cody was able to drive underneath him and take the win.

In the Production 1000 Class, the start was chaos due to the heavily watered track. It took Rahders two laps to sort through the carnage around him before he was able to start his drive to the front and what was beginning to be a repeat of the XP class. Rahders and the leader would trade first place several times during the race. On the white flag lap, the two came together fairly hard but both stayed on course and Cody settled in to finish out the race in second place.

“In turn five going to the white flag we hit pretty hard and my power steering quit. In the rhythm section he made a mistake and I think I could have got him but it would have been ugly,” said Rahders. “I had major arm pump and didn't want to throw second place away if I couldn't make it stick so I played it safe and took second.”

Rahders and R3motorsports would like to thank their sponsors for their support. Cognito Motorsports, Polaris, Superchips, ITP Tires, Fox Shocks, Method Race Wheels, Muzzys, RacerX Motorsports, the UTVunderground.com, K&N Filters, Sparks Racing, Lucas Oil, Crower, new sponsor Twisted Stitch Seats, my spotter Nick Novak, mechanics Kevin Sullivan and Jon Kelly, Cognito Motorsports owner Justin Lambert, Gina Snew, Dave Stall, and my mom and dad.

About Polaris

Polaris is a recognized leader in the powersports industry with annual 2013 sales of $3.8 billion. Polaris designs, engineers, manufactures and markets innovative, high quality off-road vehicles, including all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) and the Polaris RANGER® and RZR® side-by-side vehicles, snowmobiles, motorcycles and on-road electric/hybrid powered vehicles.

Polaris is among the global sales leaders for both snowmobiles and off-road vehicles and has established a presence in the heavyweight cruiser and touring motorcycle market with the Victory and Indian Motorcycle brands. Additionally, Polaris continues to invest in the global on-road small electric/hybrid powered vehicle industry with Global Electric Motorcars (GEM), Goupil Industrie SA, Aixam Mega S.A.S., and internally developed vehicles. Polaris enhances the riding experience with a complete line of Polaris Engineered parts, accessories and apparel, Klim branded apparel and ORV accessories under the Kolpin and Cycle Country brands.

Polaris Industries Inc. trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “PII”, and the Company is included in the S&P Mid-Cap 400 stock price index.

Information about the complete line of Polaris products, apparel and vehicle accessories are available from authorized Polaris dealers or anytime at www.polaris.com.
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BLM to reopen most of the closed areas Fall 2014

Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area
Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) announced today that locations previously identified as closed for off-highway vehicle (OHV) use will change in the fall of 2014. A recent court decision paved the way for the BLM to implement the Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area Management Plan (RAMP), allowing for increased OHV riding opportunities in the recreation area and for better protection of natural resource values such as the Peirson's milkvetch.

Implementation of the Imperial Sand Dunes RAMP requires education and outreach such as new maps and signing directing riders to open areas and away from closures intended to protect critical habitat for Peirson's milkvetch. The BLM will seek assistance from local partners to help with this effort in preparation for the upcoming 2014-2015 season and requests that visitors continue to respect all existing regulatory signs until they are changed.

"Visitors to the Imperial Sand Dunes have patiently waited for implementation of the new RAMP, and we are very excited that new riding opportunities are just around the corner," said El Centro Field Manager Thomas Zale. "I appreciate the cooperative spirit of our dunes visitors and will be working hard with staff and partners to get ready for great times next season in America's Great Outdoors!"

The RAMP Record of Decision was issued in June 2013 and provides guidance of management to over 160,000 acres in the Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area and over 50,000 acres of public lands in the surrounding area. The Record of Decision is located at the following website:
Imperial Sand Dunes
Imperial Sand Dunes

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EPIC DECISION PORTENDS NEW BALANCE FOR RE-OPENING DUNES IN GLAMIS

Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area (ISDRA)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA (April 4, 2014) - Recreational visitors observing a fine flaky substance this morning at the Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area (ISDRA) will be pleased to hear it is not snow but judicial manna. Barely a month following argument, U.S. District Judge Susan Illston of the U.S. Northern District Court of California yesterday issued a long-awaited decision on the 2013 ISDRA management plan, ruling almost entirely on the side of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and sand-rider organizations, and against the latest challenge led by the Center for Biological Diversity. The ruling sets the stage for implementation of the 2013 plan, which would allow resumption of access to areas placed off-limits to riders through "interim" closures imposed over a decade ago.

The litigation over riding at the ISDRA began in 2000 and has resulted in multiple trips to Judge Illston's courtroom where BLM, USFWS, and recreation enthusiasts have suffered multiple setbacks. The 2013 plan followed lengthy public input and was designed in response to the Court's 2006 ruling and new critical habitat designation by the USFWS for the Peirson's milk-vetch (PMV), the plant species of primary concern at the Dunes. Preservationist plaintiffs raised an array of challenges under the Endangered Species Act and other laws to the new plan, but yesterday's decision rejected those claims and upheld BLM's plan, with the limited exception of finding that a recovery plan for the PMV is overdue and must be issued by 2019 unless the USFWS makes a specific finding that a recovery plan will not promote conservation of the species.

"I have shed tears upon nearly every announcement of the Court, but this time they are tears of joy," said Jim Bramham, who holds leadership positions with several of the recreationist organizations, including the American Sand Association and California Association of 4 Wheel Drive Clubs. "Our work will never be finished, but this vindicates our long-running, expensive and sometimes controversial team effort to restore balance to ISDRA management," Bramham added.

The ISDRA, popularly known by many as "Glamis" for the small town within its boundaries, is located near the southern U.S. border in Imperial County, California, and spans roughly 167,000 acres. There is a broad range of management prescriptions covering the area, and over 26,000 acres have been formally designated as Wilderness, where no vehicle access is allowed. The 2013 plan would continue vehicle closures in PMV critical habitat and allow some form of riding on about 127,000 acres. The Dunes are a prized destination for sand-riding enthusiasts throughout the country and over 200,000 of them visit the area in a typical year.

The rider groups intervening in the case to assist in defense of the BLM plan included the American Sand Association, San Diego Off-Road Vehicle Association, Off-Road Business Association, American Motorcyclist Association District 37, California Association of 4 Wheel Drive Clubs, BlueRibbon Coalition, Desert Vipers, California Off-Road Vehicle Association and High Desert Multiple Use Coalition, with funding and strategic support from EcoLogic Partners. The intervenor groups were represented by David Hubbard of Carlsbad, Paul Turcke of Boise, Idaho, and Dennis Porter of Sacramento, California.

A copy of yesterday's decision can be viewed at:
http://www.sharetrails.org/uploads/243-Order_on_MSJ.04.03.2014.pdf

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The BlueRibbon Coalition (BRC) is a national non-profit organization that champions responsible recreation and encourages a strong conservation ethic and individual stewardship, while providing leadership in efforts to keep outdoor recreation alive and well -- all sports; all trails. With members in all 50 states, BRC is focused on building enthusiast involvement with organizational efforts through membership, outreach, education and collaboration among recreationists.
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Polaris Acquires Kolpin Outdoors, Inc.

Polaris Sportsman with a Cycle Country straight steel blade accessory
Polaris Sportsman with a Cycle Country straight steel blade accessory
Addition of Kolpin enhances Polaris offerings in the powersports accessories market

MINNEAPOLIS (April 1, 2014) — Polaris Industries Inc. (NYSE: PII) today announced the acquisition of Kolpin Outdoors, Inc., a privately held, Wisconsin-based company that develops branded and private label powersports accessories. Committed to innovation and growth, Kolpin is a leading aftermarket accessory brand delivering purpose-built and universal-fit Off-Road Vehicles (ORV) accessories and outdoor lifestyle products. This acquisition adds Kolpin to Polaris’ growing parts, garments and accessories (PG&A) business. The terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Kolpin Outdoors Adds to Polaris Accessories Lineup

“Acquiring Kolpin Outdoors, Inc. creates a multitude of growth opportunities for our PG&A business, which is a key contributor to Polaris’ top-line growth and profitability,” said Steve Eastman, Polaris’ vice president of PG&A. “Kolpin is a trusted brand among ORV riders, hunters, outdoorsmen, and landowners who value the quality and reliability Kolpin builds into their powersports accessories. Their lineup of exceptional products and deep consumer and retail relationships will help Polaris expand our aftermarket accessories portfolio and enhance our traditional and online distribution channels. ”

Kolpin products will continue to be sold under the Kolpin and Cycle Country brands, with customized private label products available through its Premier O.E.M. business. Polaris will further develop Kolpin’s established brand by applying its product innovation and engineering acumen to Kolpin’s operations, and leveraging its existing dealer and consumer relationships to extend the brand’s exposure.
Kolpin ratcheting rhino grip
Kolpin ratcheting rhino grip
“It gives all of us at Kolpin great pride to become part of the Polaris family. Although different in size, we share many of the same values; small town roots, quality products, life-style brand focus and a rich heritage in product innovation,” said Tom Lutes, president and CEO of Kolpin. “I am confident the combination of Polaris and Kolpin will further enhance the value of our brand to both our consumers and distribution partners alike.”

Since 1943, Kolpin has a rich history of providing customers with a wide array of hunting products, accessories and innovative aftermarket solutions. Kolpin has an intimate knowledge of the outdoor lifestyle market that closely complements Polaris’ core powersports business.
Kolpin rear trail box with accessory rack.
Kolpin rear trail box with accessory rack.
About Polaris

Polaris is a recognized leader in the powersports industry with annual 2013 sales of $3.8 billion. Polaris designs, engineers, manufactures and markets innovative, high quality off-road vehicles, including all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) and the Polaris RANGER® and RZR® side-by-side vehicles, snowmobiles, motorcycles and on-road electric/hybrid powered vehicles.

Polaris is among the global sales leaders for both snowmobiles and off-road vehicles and has established a presence in the heavyweight cruiser and touring motorcycle market with the Victory and Indian Motorcycle brands. Additionally, Polaris continues to invest in the global on-road small electric/hybrid powered vehicle industry with Global Electric Motorcars (GEM), Goupil Industrie SA, Aixam Mega S.A.S., and internally developed vehicles. Polaris enhances the riding experience with a complete line of Polaris Engineered parts, accessories and apparel and Klim branded apparel.

Polaris Industries Inc. trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “PII”, and the Company is included in the S&P Mid-Cap 400 stock price index.

Information about the complete line of Polaris products, apparel and vehicle accessories are available from authorized Polaris dealers or anytime at www.polaris.com.

About Kolpin

Since 1943, Kolpin has made no compromise in its thinking. After more than 71 years, it continues to innovate and engineer only the highest quality ATV and UTV accessories. Kolpin remains the leader in ATV and UTV product development and has repeatedly redefined the industry and patented innovations such as the world renowned Gun Boot® cases and brackets, Stealth Exhaust, Dirt Works System and a large assortment of ATV and UTV Accessories.

Kolpin is a leader in Powersports industry by design. It takes only the most highly innovative and engineered approach in the design of its products. Kolpin understands the needs of its customers because they too are ATV and UTV enthusiasts.

Kolpin continues its tradition of innovation introducing another generation of new products to the market for ATVs and UTVs. For additional product information about Kolpin please check out the website at www.kolpin.com or call 1-877-9Kolpin.

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