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January 2010 Desert Dirt - Off-Road News

Posted in News on January 1, 2010
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Jagged X Dominates in Vegas To Reno
Jagged X raced their Number 1919 Ranger RZR S to a third-in-a-row victory at the Best in the Desert's "Vegas to Reno, The Long Way" race. Not only did the Jagged X team finish but took first place honors in what is credited as being the longest off-road race in the United States. The team pushed their RZR S through the desert finishing the race in 30 hours, 29 minutes - a whole 15 minutes faster than the second-place finisher.

This year's event was a three-day staged race covering 998 miles of grueling Nevada desert. The Jagged X Ranger RZR S was piloted by Brandon Schueler and Blake Van de Loo, along with navigators Chad Riccio and Mike West. The Jagged X team started in the fourth position on the first 332-mile stage. Schueler overtook the lead position with the first two pit stages encountering only a few minor problems and finishing the first day well ahead of the competition

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BF Goodrich Launches Nation Of Go Website
BF Goodrich has launched a revolutionary website that is the first of its kind to bring everything gearhead-related under one roof. Nation of Go will connect auto enthusiasts with each other as well deliver trail recommendations and behind-the-scenes video from motorsports heroes. This website is designed to be an online community that enthusiasts of all walks of life and experience levels can go to for tips and advice on off-road performance or just general entertainment dealing with automotive motorsports. The website's slogan is drive, connect, and share.

For more information, visit: BF Goodrich,

Fordyce Creek Trail Recognized As Part of 2009 Outstanding Trails
Fordyce Creek Trail was honored recently by BFGoodrich Tires as one of the 2009 Outstanding Trails. More than 700 off-road enthusiasts and members of the Friends of Fordyce club were at hand at the annual California Association of 4WD Club's Sierra Trek as BFGoodrich Tires presented the grant to the club's president. The grant will be used to preserve the scenic trails and continue conservation efforts for one of America's most stunning areas for off-roading. Fordyce Creek Trail in the Tahoe National Forest was chosen as one of the 2009 Outstanding Trails for its incredible history, level of difficulty, and sheer beauty.

Bret Preble, president of the Friends of Fordyce, said they are grateful to have Fordyce Creek Trail recognized as one of BFGoodrich Tires' 2009 Outstanding Trails. Preble also said that the trail gives enthusiasts a diverse offering of obstacles and provides off-roaders with many great camping spots, as well as endless photo opportunities that exist along the route due to its rich history and high sierra scenic beauty.

For more information, visit: BFGoodrich Tires,

Yamaha Wins First Rhino Lawsuit, Jury Finds No Product Defect
In a recent litigation case against Yamaha (Ray vs. Yamaha), the jury rejected the plaintiff's claims and awarded no damages. The jury determined their verdict based on the facts that showed the testimony and evidence during the trial in this tragic accident had nothing to do with the design of the product.

Yamaha said its top priority is and always has been the safety of its customers, and it prides itself on the safety and quality of its products. The company also said this accident demonstrates the importance of following the safety guidelines posted on the vehicles and in the owner's manuals.

Yamaha urges all of its customers to always operate the product in a safe and responsible manner. After all, Rhinos are designed for off-road use only, and the vehicle is only recommended for adult drivers aged 16 or older with a valid driver's license. Drivers and passengers in the Rhino should always wear safety gear, such as helmets and the vehicle's three-point seat belts at all times.

Yamaha has also been fighting off attacks from attorneys who claim that the Rhino is an unsafe vehicle. To help combat all the alleged misinformation that is being posted all over the Web by plaintiff attorneys, Yamaha launched a website to provide information about the safety of the Yamaha Rhino. The website,, claims to provide the truth about Rhino's and can help answer any questions that one may have about the Rhino, the company, and the recent Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announcement - which is not a recall as proposed by the plaintiffs' attorneys and current litigation.

For more information, visit Yamaha Motors Corp. USA at or visit Truth About Rhino at

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