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Yamaha Wall of Champions– Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A. (YMUS), inducted nine of its racers onto its Wall of Champions in a ceremony held at the company’s headquarters. The event-filled day also included the presentation of a check to Feed the Children, a fond farewell to retiring YMUS Vice President of Motorcycle Operations Dennis McNeal, and recognition of Yamaha Racing Team Manager Tom Halverson’s 30 years of service.
The racers all won professional championships in 2016 aboard Yamaha motorcycles, ATVs, and Side-by-Sides. Four road racers were honored, 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 won both the 2016 AMA 250cc Supercross West Championship and the AMA 250cc Motocross Championship was also inducted, along with 2016 AMA Pro ATV Motocross Champion Chad Wienen and 2016 GNCC XC1 ATV Champion Walker Fowler.
And, for the first time ever, two professional off-road Side-by-Side racers were also inducted for the championships they each won in the YXZ1000R’s debut year in racing. Corry Weller received a Wall of Champions plaque for her TORC Series Pro Stock UTV Championship, and Dustin Nelson was also inducted for his two Lucas Oil Off-Road Racing Series Championships, in both the Southern California and Arizona Regions.
“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. All of us at Yamaha congratulate our 2016 Wall of Champions inductees, and we thank them for representing our company, our employees, our dealers, and the Yamaha brand not only with the trophies and accolades that they received in winning, but also by the true professionalism that these nine racers constantly display.”