December 27, 2018 (Toronto, ON) – Canadian amateur racer Jacob Rainville made history recently by becoming the first rider to win a Yamaha bLU cRU Factory Ride Award in the discipline of flat track.
“It’s a great honour to win this award,” said Rainville, 16. “I’ve been riding Yamahas since I was five. My first flat track bike was a PW50. This is like a dream come true.”
Rainville earned the prestigious accolade by accumulating the most points by a Yamaha rider in the Flat Track Canada Novice DTX class in 2018. The Welland, ON native will receive a brand-new Yamaha YZ motorcycle to race for the 2019 season and a $2,500 Yamaha parts credit to be redeemed through the Yamaha dealer network for parts, accessories, power equipment, Yamalube and more. A custom bLU cRU graphics kit is also included.
Rainville is excited for the opportunity to be one of the first flat track racers in North America to race the new 2019 YZ450F, which features Yamaha’s exclusive Power Tuner app. This technology will allow Rainville to tune the motorcycle’s performance via his smartphone based on track conditions.
Moving up to the Intermediate ranks in 2019, Rainville looks to build on a successful year that included a win and three podium appearances at the Novice level.
“The technology and performance of the new YZ450F should help me achieve my goals of being out front, winning some races and having fun in 2019,” Rainville noted. “I would like to thank Yamaha Motor Canada for this amazing opportunity.”
Rainville joins MX racers Jeremy McKie and Jake Tricco, as well as Jake LeClair (road racing) as bLU cRU Factory Ride Award winners in 2018.