“We’re thrilled to have Can-Am X-Team racer James Hill start off the season with a DIRT series victory in the Can-Am Maverick 1000R,” said Jimmie O’Dell, Race Manager, Can-Am. “His UTV Unlimited class win further proves that the Maverick side-by-side vehicle is not only designed to excel at racing, but it’s also a versatile and legitimate threat to win, no matter the series and terrain.”
Paso Robles, Calif. – Lazer Star Lights – a global manufacturer for off-road LED light bars and performance lighting accessories – recently announced a new sponsorship agreement with Can-Am Factory ATV Race Teams for the 2013 season.
“We couldn’t be more excited to work with Can-Am’s Factory teams and riders,” says Lazer Star Lights, “It’s a testament to both the quality of our lights, and Can-Am’s trust in our products to help win championships.”
Can-Am Factory Teams compete across multiple series and races including, AMA ATV Motocross Championship, AMSOIL GNCC, WORCS, SCORE, and Best In The Desert.
Lazer Star Lights will equip the Factory Can-Am Teams with a variety of LX LED light bars for their race and support vehicles. Lazer Star will have presence on racer jersey’s, in the pits on Can-Am Factory trailers, and on banner displays.
Lazer Star Lights is proud to announce five time GNCC 4×4 Open champion Bryan Buckhannon has been award GNCC’s 4×4 Rider of the Year award. Last weekend over 1,200 riders and spectators gathered in Morgantown, West Virginia to celebrate the 2012 GNCC Can-Am Grand National Cross Country season, handing out various awards to the top ATV and moto GNCC racers.
This year Lazer Star Lights own Bryan Buckhannon won the 4×4 Rider of the Year, another trophy to add next to his recent 5th consecutive GNCC championship. The Can-Am rider has shown impressive speed and consistency throughout the year, winning 9 out of 13 races in the 4×4 open class. That’s five straight GNCC 4×4 Open National Championships! Congrats Bryan on earning the GNCC’s the 4×4 Rider of the Year award, you proved it.
Valcourt, Québec, November 26, 2012 – After a 27-hour battle with the most brutal racing terrain the Baja Peninsula of Mexico has to offer, the Motoworks / Can-Am DS 450 team of Josh Frederick, Jeremie Warnia, Collins Webster and Jarrod McClure crossed the finish line ahead of 297 other starters and 1121 miles away from the start line of the Baja 1000 in Ensenada, Mexico. Once across the line, the team was officially declared the Pro ATV-class winner of the 45th running of the Baja 1000.
“This team was prepared to deliver BRP its first Pro ATV-class victory in over a decade and the first for the DS 450 ATV,” said Jimmie O’Dell, Can-Am off-road race manager. “The dedication by the entire Motoworks team was evident from pre-running to the finish; I am proud that they are an important partner with BRP.”
Valcourt, Québec – Three Can-Am® Outlander™ ATV racers finished on the morning overall podium and swept the 4×4 Open class at round 11 of the 2012 Can-Am GNCC Racing series in St. Clairsville, Ohio. Can-Am X-Team racer and reigning 4×4 Open class champion Bryan Buckhannon, won the morning overall and his class, beating fellow Can-Am pilots Michael Swift and Zac Zakowski. In the afternoon session of ATV racing, Motoworks / Can-Am DS 450™ Pro racer Chris Bithell finished third overall in the XC1 ATV class. XC1 Modified side-by-side driver Joe Krecelich also earned a third-place podium finish in his Can-Am Commander™ 1000 X®.
Valcourt, Québec— BCS Performance / Can-Am® DS 450™ racer Josh Creamer clinched the 2012 New England ATV Motocross (NEATV-MX) Pro Class Championship by winning both Pro class motos at round nine in Clifford, Pa. Several other Can-Am racers, including Cody Miller, Hunter Miller and Joel Hetrick reached the podium in different racing events in the US. Across the Atlantic Ocean, Americans Josh Frederick and Dillon Zimmerman teamed with Frenchman Jeremie Warnia to finish fourth in the 26th Annual 12 Hours of Pont de Vaux in France.
“Josh Creamer put an exclamation point on his 2012 NEATV-MX season, winning both Pro-level classes at round 9 and securing the 2012 Pro class title with three rounds remaining. His approach and determination this year have been exceptional and he has rewarded himself, his sponsors and BRP with a well-deserved championship,” said Jimmie O’Dell, Race Manager, Can-Am. “I was extremely proud of the way the Motoworks / Can-Am team never quit and battled through adversity in France to earn fourth at Pont de Vaux.”
Valcourt, Québec – Can-Am® DS 450™ ATV Pro class racer John Natalie won the final round of the 2012 AMA ATV Motocross Championship series held at Loretta Lynn’s Motocross track in Hurricane Mills, Tenn. Natalie was joined on the podium by his Motoworks / Can-Am teammate Joel Hetrick, who finished second overall. Fellow Can-Am pro Josh Creamer finished fourth in the Pro class in Tennessee.
“I was pleased with the outstanding effort put in by John Natalie and Joel Hetrick here in Tennessee. Having them go 1-2, and also seeing Josh Creamer finish fourth, at the final round was awesome. Unfortunately, we came up a little short in our attempt to repeat as champions, but finishing second and third overall in the AMA ATV MX Championship points for 2012 is also something to be very proud of,” said Jimmie O’Dell, Race Manager, Can-Am. “We also had four AMA ATV MX National Championship amateur titles this season aboard Can-Am machines, as Travis Spader won three titles and Ries Parvin earned another.”
Valcourt, Québec – Can-Am DS 450 ATV Pro class racer Josh Creamer finished second overall at round eight in Unadilla, N.Y., in a successful return to the AMA ATV Motocross National Championship Series. He was joined on the Pro class podium by defending AMA ATV MX champion John Natalie, who finished third overall. Natalie’s Motoworks / Can-Am teammate Joel Hetrick finished fourth while Canadian Can-Am X-Team racer Richard Pelchat took seventh on his DS 450.
“It was another great weekend of racing, as our Can-Am riders battled hard to earn two spots on the Pro podium in Unadilla, N.Y. Josh Creamer had a memorable return to the AMA ATV MX National series convincingly winning the first moto and ending up second overall. Motoworks / Can-Am pilot John Natalie earned a hard-fought third-place finish and kept himself in the championship points race with only two rounds remaining,” said Jimmie O’Dell, Race Manager, Can-Am. “Joel Hetrick just missed the podium, finishing fourth, but gained some valuable points in his pursuit to remain in the top three in the Pro class points race.”
Valcourt, Québec – BCS Performance / Can-Am® X-Team racer Josh Creamer won the Pro and Pro-Am classes at round two of the 2012 New England ATV Motocross (NEATV-MX) series. In Can-Am / Grand National Cross Country racing action, five Can-Am racers won their classes this past weekend at the inaugural Can-Am Mammoth GNCC event held in Kentucky.
“Josh Creamer continued his Pro and Pro-Am class dominance by winning in the sandy Southwick soil aboard his DS 450. I was thrilled to see Richard Pelchat have such a great showing, challenge Josh and give us two riders on both the Pro and Pro-Am class podiums,” stated Jimmie O’Dell, Race Manager, Can-Am. “In GNCC action, our morning Can-Am 4×4 racers keep impressing us with their convincing wins. To have Bryan Buckhannon, Cliff Beasley, Kevin Trantham and Forrest Whorton post victories, and to do it on the brand new Mammoth course, shows a lot of dedication, drive and focus. Unfortunately a badly bent sprocket literally derailed Chris Bithell’s chance to shine in Kentucky, but he’ll be back at round six ready to challenge for the XC1 Pro class overall.”
Valcourt, Québec – Can-Am X-Team racers Derek and Jason Murray piloted their Murray Motorsports / Can-Am Commander 1000 X to the UTV class victory in the 2012 Best In The Desert Mint 400 race in Las Vegas, Nev. Driving the Can-Am X-Team-supported Desert Toyz Commander 1000, racer Cory Sappington finished second and joined the Murrays on the UTV class podium. The Mint 400, dubbed the single largest off-road event in the United States, allowed side-by-side vehicles to compete along side the automotive field for the first time in the history of the race.
“I just couldn’t be more proud of our guys and the way they each drove their Can-Am Commander side-by-sides in these gruelling conditions,” stated Jimmie O’Dell, Race Manager, Can-Am. “It was definitely a historic weekend of desert racing for Can-Am, the Commander 1000 and our X-Team racers. The Murrays and Sappington’s team deserve a lot of credit for all their hard work and dedication that they each put into preparing their machines and for putting the Commander on the top two spots of podium in the first ever Mint 400 UTV race.”
Murray Motorsports, winners of two of the last three BITD UTV class races, started 18th out of 30 competitors. However, the team kept pushing forward, picking competitors off one by one. With 10 miles remaining, they caught Sappington and raced ahead for the class overall, becoming the first side-by-side and Can-Am Commander 1000 to cross the Mint 400 finish line. The Murrays finished in 4:38.58, roughly five minutes ahead of the second place team of Sappington and co-pilot Jim Sharp. The two Commander racing teams finished seventh and ninth, respectively, in the overall Mint 400 two-lap race standings.
“I really want to thank everyone at BRP for all their help and support. We really want to keep this momentum going into the next race. We had absolutely no issues with our Can-am Commander 1000,” said Derek Murray. “The organizers really treated all the UTV finishers like kings, as we were recognized on stage with our award for the UTV class overall immediately after Robby Gordon was presented his for the Pro truck overall.”
For more information on Can-Am racing, the entire 2012 schedule, the ’12 contingency program and amateur racer support program, please visit www.can-amxteam.com.