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MATECHUK DEFENDS GOLD MEDAL AT X GAMES

January 30, 2019 (Toronto, ON) – Yamaha Motor Canada bLU cRU ambassador Cody Matechuk stood atop the X Games podium for the second year in a row after winning Gold in the Snow BikeCross competition in Aspen, CO on Saturday, January 26.

Matechuk (Cochrane, AB) and fellow Yamaha Motor Canada bLU cRU ambassador Brock Hoyer (Williams Lake, BC) proved to be top contenders again in 2019 on the circuit at Colorado’s Buttermilk ski area after winning Gold and Silver in 2018. Both riders won their heat races and had the top two grid selections going into the 14-lap final round.

Hoyer, the 2017 X Games Snow BikeCross Gold medalist, grabbed second place on the first lap of the finals and started hunting down race leader Jesse Kirchmeyer (USA). After a poor start, Matechuk eventually moved his 2019 YZ450F up to third and continued to make ground on Hoyer each lap. On Lap 6, a fall by Hoyer handed second place to a hungry Matechuk.

Matechuk went in for the kill with three laps to go, slicing around Kirchmeyer with a calculated outside pass that caught the American rider off-guard. With an open track ahead of him, Matechuk quickly distanced himself from the challengers, winning by 4.45 seconds. After remounting, Hoyer nearly caught Kirchmeyer on the last lap but ultimately had to settle for Bronze, adding to the Gold and Silver medals he won in 2017 and 2018, respectively.

Matechuk and Hoyer were both piloting the 2019 Yamaha YZ450F, which features electric start and the exclusive wireless Power Tuner app. Dealer support for Matechuk comes from Cycle Works Foothills (Calgary, AB), while Hoyer’s program is supported by Outlaw Motorsports in Kamloops, BC.

“I’m super stoked to win Gold again this year,” said Matechuk, who earned Bronze in 2017 before last year’s breakout win. “It was a very tough race, but I was able to show just how much hard work went into the preparation for this race from every part of our team. It was a crazy weekend, and I’m stoked for more.”

Wednesday, 30 January 2019 16:51 Published in Rider and Team Releases


Harley-Davidson Showcases Two Groundbreaking Lightweight Electric Concepts At X Games Aspen 2019

Aspen (January 28, 2019) – Harley-Davidson, the company that has defined the motorcycle industry for the past 116 years, introduced two new electric concepts showcasing the excitement and style of the future at X Games Aspen 2019.

Following the recently revealed LivewireTM motorcycle, these two concepts look towards a new electrified chapter of Harley-Davidson’s story that will continue with innovative approaches to transportation and technology, wrapped in evocative styling and design.

The upcoming electric portfolio will feature a spectrum of models and price points from a few thousand dollars to Harley-Davidson’s halo electric motorcycle, the LiveWireTM at $37,250 CAD MSRP.

All-new Riding Experiences with Iconic Harley-Davidson Power
As part of the push towards a different future, these concepts explore the potential of urban mobility and two-wheeled adoption. Both concepts bring Harley-Davidson’s expertise in expressive two-wheeled experiences and push boundaries in design and technology.
Attracting New Riders: The goal for these concepts is to not require a motorcycle license to operate and feature twist and go operation; lowering the learning curve and expanding the opportunity to riders and aspiring riders everywhere in the process.
The Riding Experience: With an intended lightweight target for each concept, agility and maneuverability are at the core of their riding experience and ease of use. Combined with electric powertrains that provide instant acceleration, the goal is to offer a thrilling riding experience that adds emotive moments to your daily life.
Battery design is intended to be removable and enable single-hand-carry back to an apartment or office space to charge using a charging dock that plugs into any standard household power outlet.
Individuality in an Urban Mobility Future: The design language of these two concepts embrace their electric powerplants and put raw emotion into the equation of the future with unique silhouettes, form factors, and solutions. Making personal expression more accessible and individualized is at the very heart of our strategy to grow the next generation of Harley-Davidson riders globally and is a key component in H-D’s vision of the future of urban mobility.

Leading the Electrification of Motorcycling
In 2018, the company announced its More Roads to Harley-Davidson accelerated plan for growth. The plan includes initiatives to deliver new products in additional motorcycle segments, create broader access, and strengthen the H-D dealer network. It also boldly proclaims that Harley-Davidson will lead the electrification of motorcycling. These two new concepts are manifestations of that vision, and alongside the production 2020 LiveWireTM motorcycle, point to a broad portfolio of electric two- wheelers designed to establish the company as the leader in the electrification of mobility over the next several years and inspire new riders with new ways to ride.

For more information and updates on Harley-Davidson’s electrified future, visit Harley-Davidson.com/Electric or the brand’s Facebook, Twitter or Instagram channels.

Monday, 28 January 2019 10:40 Published in Industry News


Jared Mees claims redemption in Harley-Davidson Flat-Track Racing at ESPN's Summer X Games‏

@AMAProFlatTrack •@XGames •AUSTIN, Texas (June 2, 2016) - Jared Mees claimed redemption in Thursday night's Harley-Davidson Flat-Track Racing main event during the opening night for ESPN's Summer X Games at Circuit of The Americas in Austin, Texas.

Friday, 03 June 2016 11:35 Published in Reports, Results & Points


Live Coverage of Thursday's Harley-Davidson Flat Track Racing at X Games from Austin, Texas on ESPN‏

@AMAProFlatTrack  @harleydavidson  @XGames  @espn • The time has come for 24 of AMA Pro Flat Track's most talented riders to gear up and compete against one another on the biggest stage the sport has ever seen, Harley-Davidson Flat Track Racing at X Games, in Austin, Texas this Thursday, June 4.

Thursday, 04 June 2015 16:03 Published in News