Yamaha YXZ1000R bLU cRU Racers Leading the Way in 2018

CJ GreavesYamaha Motor Corp., USA, factory-supported and bLU cRU racers are leading their respective classes for the 2018 season, piloting Yamaha’s pure sport Side-by-Side (SxS), the YXZ1000R, and the industry’s most technologically advanced sport ATV on the market, the YFZ450R. Yamaha’s bLU cRU racing support program, offering championship bonuses to registered racers competing in YXZ or YFZ450R models, has extended support to the new Lucas Oil Midwest Short Course League, which held its debut race at Crandon International Speedway this past weekend.

Yamaha now has a $15,000 Yamaha bLU cRU championship bonus for the Lucas Oil Midwest Short Course League, replacing The Off-Road Championship (TORC) Series after its cancellation for the 2018 season. The new seven-round series runs through September 2, with races held at Crandon International Off-Road Raceway in Wisconsin, ERX Motor Park in Minnesota, and Bark River International Raceway in Michigan. The Midwest League will feature Yamaha’s factory-supported racer, multi-time Pro 2 and Pro 4 truck champion, and last year’s TORC Series Pro Stock UTV champion CJ Greaves in his Mutant Super Soda / Maxxis / Yamalube / GYTR / Greaves Motorsports YXZ1000R. After an extremely wet and muddy start to the series this past weekend, CJ Greaves kept his composure through an array challenges and stiff competition to secure back-to-back Pro Stock SxS wins in his YXZ1000R.

CJ Greaves

CJ Greaves

For the national circuit of the Lucas Oil Off-Road Racing Series (LOORRS) in the Production 1000 UTV class, JM2 / Maxxis / Yamaha factory-supported racer Brock Heger, and Weller Racing / bLU cRU racer Jason Weller are currently second and third, respectively, in the series with the YXZ1000R. In the first three of 12 rounds, Heger is six points behind first place with 152 points, finishing on the podium in every round, with one first and two third-place finishes. Weller follows in third overall with 131 points, and a second-place finish.

In the Lucas Oil Regional Off-Road Series (LORORS), Paul O’Brien is making a strong start in Arizona, capturing three-straight wins and a 34-point lead in the opening rounds with his #911 Weller Racing / FOX Yamaha YXZ1000R SS (Sport Shift). In the Southern California (SoCal) LORORS series, bLU cRU racer Keith Brooks holds third overall with 138 total points in three rounds with his #942 Walker Evans Racing / Aim Sports Data / NRG Off-Road / Yamaha YXZ1000R.

Brock Heger

Brock Heger’s YXZ


In addition to the new Lucas Oil Midwest Short Course League, Yamaha’s bLU cRU program will also award $15,000 championship bonuses to first place finishers driving a YXZ1000R or YXZ1000R SS in the national Lucas Oil Off-Road Racing Series and GNCC UXC1 Pro UTV classes, and $5,000 to qualified racers in Best in the Desert (BITD), LORORS SoCal, LORORS Arizona, and WORCS.

The complete list of championship bonuses for 2018 are as follows:

SxS Racing Series / YXZ1000R

Lucas Oil Midwest Short Course League, Pro Stock SxS class:                              $15,000

Lucas Oil Off-Road Racing, Pro Production 1000 class:                                          $15,000

Grand National Cross Country, UXC1 Pro UTV class:                                              $15,000

Best in the Desert, Production 1000 class:                                                                 $5,000

LORORS SoCal, Production 1000 UTV class:                                                          $5,000

LORORS Arizona, Production 1000 UTV class:                                                        $5,000

World Off-Road Championship Series (WORCS), SxS Pro Stock class:                $5,000

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