On the same day that it sent out a press release about its cross-country racing plans for the 2011-12 season, Team Blue also unveiled a small, concentrated effort for the Rocky Mountain Snowmobile Hillclimb Association season. It doesn’t mention it in the press release, but we’re expecting those accessory super charger and turbo kits are instrumental to Yamaha’s re-entry into this faced of the sport, given the glasses they plan to run. Here’s that press release.
Yamaha Returns to Racing in National Hillclimb Series
PLEASANT PRAIRIE, WI. – August 24, 2011 – Yamaha Motor Corporation is proud to announce its return to Western grassroots snowmobile competition on the Rocky Mountain Snowmobile Hillclimb Association (RMSHA) circuit for the 2011-12 season. Yamaha-backed racers will climb the gnarly hills of the West’s premiere race series.
Pro racers Cable Willford and Kody Malmborg headline Yamaha’s RMSHA race effort. Both will campaign the FX Nytro MTX in 600 Mod, 700 Mod, 800 Mod, and Open classes. Additionally, Kolton Malmborg will race for team blue in the Semi-Pro Stock, Semi-Pro Improved Stock, and Semi-Pro Mod classes.
“It’s been a long, long time since Yamaha has had a competitive presence in Hillclimb racing,” said Wade West, Yamaha snowmobile marketing manager. “Getting back into hill climb racing is a very exciting opportunity for us to showcase our 4-stroke mountain sled’s capabilities to the market. We have a great sled and some great riders ready to prove that the Nytro MTX is a true high performance mountain master!”