Buckhannon-4x4-Can-Am-5-8-13Valcourt, Québec, May 8, 2013 – Can-Am ATV and side-by-side racers won numerous classes and earned several podium finishes at various off-road events in the U.S. and Canada. Highlighted by Team UXC Racing / Can-Am X-Team racer Michael Swift’s morning overall and U2 class win, Can-Am 4×4 ATV racers won five morning classes at a soggy round five of the 2013 AMSOIL Grand National Cross Country held in Kentucky. Team Hendershot Performance won the Pro SxS race at round three of the American Woods Racing Championship Series in Pennsylvania. Maverick™ 1000R side-by-side team Murray Motorsports finished third in the SxS Pro class at the Best In The Desert Silver State 300 in Nevada. In the Courses VTT series in Canada, a Maverick pilot earned a podium position while three Can-Am DS 450 racers swept the ATV Pro class.

“Can-Am 4×4 racers dominated the murky Mammoth GNCC event, winning five classes. I was pleased to see Can-Am Renegade racer Michael Swift win his class, the morning overall and prove that sportsmanship is alive and well in our sport,” said Jimmie O’Dell, Race Manager, Can-Am. “Our Can-Am Maverick 1000R racers continue to make strides in the new side-by-side vehicle, winning two events and earning podium finishes in others.”

Buckhannon-Can-Am-Off-Road-4-25-13Valcourt, Québec, April 25, 2013 – Can-Am ATV and side-by-side racers had a successful weekend of racing at several different off-road events across America. Can-Am 4×4 ATV racers won five morning classes at round four of the 2013 Grand National Cross Country held in Union, S.C. At the fourth round of the World Off-Road Championship Series in Hurricane, Utah, Can-Am X-Team pilot Dillon Zimmerman earned third in the Pro class. Can-Am racers won three classes and earned seven podiums at round three of the Texhoma Quad Racing Association series in Texas. A Can-Am Commander™ team finished second in the QR2 class at round three of the UTV Rally Raid Southern Series in Alabama.

“Can-Am 4×4 machines again dominated the GNCC morning racing by winning a total of five classes and Can-Am Renegade racer Michael Swift taking the final spot on the morning overall podium,” said Jimmie O’Dell, Race Manager, Can-Am. “I was pleased to see Can-Am DS 450 Pro Dillon Zimmerman earn his first WORCS Pro Quad podium of 2013.”

Valcourt, Québec, March 23, 2012 – With two rounds of ATV racing and one round of side-by-side racing completed, several Can-am® ATV and side-by-side racers lead their class in points or are in the top three with 11 ATV rounds remaining and 5 side-by-side rounds remaining in the 2012 Can-Am / GNCC series. Team Motoworks / Can-Am DS 450™ EFI racer Chris Bithell is third in the XC1 Pro class points after two rounds. Can-Am X-Team racer Bryan Buckhannon dominated both 4×4 Open class races aboard his Outlander™ 800R. Cliff Beasley also posted two consecutive class wins on the Renegade® 800R 4×4.

“Cliff and Bryan are as fast as ever and are already in the driver’s seat in their respective 4×4 classes,” said Jimmie O’Dell, Race Manager, Can-Am. “Even though there is plenty more racing left in the season, we’re content to have our riders positioned where they are after two rounds of Can-Am / GNCC racing. Bithell currently sits third in the XC1 class standings and I predict he’s about ready to show us what he’s made of as the series heads to some of his favorite tracks. I’m proud to see Kyle Chaney put the Commander side-by-side on the XC1 UTV Modified podium in Georgia in his first race with the Motoworks / Can-Am team.”

Lima, Peru, January 24, 2012 — BRP’s Can-Am ATV and side-by-side teams reached their respective class podiums in the 34th edition of the most famous rally in the world, the Dakar Rally.

This year’s edition, noted by some as “the most challenging Dakar thus far,” kicked off in Mar del Plata-Argentina, leading 30 hopeful ATV racers through approximately 9,000 kilometers (5,592 miles) of unparalleled terrains across Argentina, Chile, and finally, Peru. Only 11 teams crossed the coveted finish line, among them BRP racers Daniel Mazzucco, Barry Cruces and Petar Cenkov (Team Rally Raid / Can-Am), who finished first, second and third in the 4×4 Quad category.

“Out of my three Dakar participations, this was without a doubt the toughest,” Argentinean pilot Mazzucco (Team AGO-MD / Can-Am) declared upon receiving his first-place trophy. “The ATV performed extremely well … the Renegades filled the podium on the 4×4, which was a great result! I also must commend my technical support team for providing excellent support and assistance.”

Valcourt, Québec, December 22, 2011 – BRP will provide nearly US $1.8 million to support its industry-leading Can-Am® ATV and Side-By-Side Racing Contingency Program for the 2012 racing season. BRP has added more regional racing series as well as improved the contingency program for select Can-Am ATV and all Can-Am Commander side-by-side vehicle racers for 2012. Racers who compete on Can-Am ATVs and side-by-side vehicles in both Canada and the United States are eligible for a cash payout through the program for the upcoming racing season.

“We remain dedicated in our support of both professional and amateur Can-Am ATV and side-by-side vehicle racers,” said Denis Morin, vice-president, Product Development & Racing at BRP. “Our class-leading contingency program is essential for rewarding those racers who choose to compete on our products and be part of the Can-Am family. Racing is deeply rooted in our heritage and serves as an integral resource for furthering product development and innovation.”

Participating racers who compete in an approved racing series aboard the Can-Am DS 450, Can-Am Outlander or Can-Am Renegade lines of ATVs and the Can-Am Commander line of side-by-side vehicles can be eligible for the cash payout. Racers, who meet the terms of the contingency program, will be awarded cash payouts in the amount earned based on a racer’s overall finish at a qualifying event and be mailed directly to the participant or the legal guardian. Additional contingency will also be awarded to racers who secure a class championship at the end of the season.

For 2012, the revised Can-Am 4×4 Contingency Program includes more models and rebates for eligible participants. The program starts immediately and includes all new or unused 2010, 2011 and 2012 Can-Am Outlander and Renegade ATVs, and all 2011 and 2012 new or unused Can-Am Commander side-by-side vehicles. Benefits of the program include a $1000 factory discount on all eligible ATV models and a $1500 factory discount on all eligible side-by-sides. Racers can qualify for model rebates by purchasing a qualifying ATV or SxS, register with an authorized Can-Am dealer and then compete in their local series or a nationally recognized racing circuit. However, the number of vehicles eligible for the program is limited and once BRP reaches that number, the program will end.

Amateur racers who compete aboard the Can-Am DS 450 EFI ATV will also continue to have unprecedented access to factory racing support with the new Can-Am X-Team DS 450 Racer Support Program and more racing series to choose from in 2012. Once the amateur racer applies with any authorized Can-Am dealer and is approved, he or she can receive factory support no matter the race series and no matter the class.

All approved Can-Am X-Team DS 450 racers will receive a one-year Can-Am X-Team membership card and a unique racer ID, which also grants them access to a $2,000 racer discount on any new or unused DS 450. Can-Am X-Team racing members will also receive a FREE Can-Am X-Team / Motoworks Stage 1 Racing Kit (up to a $1,000 value). This factory-developed racing kit includes a racing Engine Control Module, Motoworks SR4 aluminum slip-on silencer and other race-proven items. The Stage 1 Racing Kit increases the DS 450 ATV’s crank horsepower to 50 hp – an improvement of 11 percent over stock – and improves low-end torque.

Approved racers will also be issued a $1,000 Can-Am X-Team parts, accessories and clothing account with BRP. Specific performance parts will also be discounted up to 75 percent off MSRP for approved racers. Race-tested and approved parts include, FOX Racing Shox, 50-inch widening kits or other performance packages for specific racing applications (aside from the X mx and X xc DS 450 models).

Contingency cash is paid out in all major U.S. national racing series, including the Can-Am Grand National Cross Country (GNCC) series, AMA ATV Motocross series, World Off-Road Championship Series (WORCS), High Lifter Mud Nationals as well as numerous local off-road racing series. The list of qualified racing series has expanded for 2012 to include even more racing circuits, from desert events to hare scrambles to endurance events in the U.S. and Canada.

For more information on Can-Am racing, the entire 2012 schedule, the contingency program and all amateur racer support programs, please visit www.can-amxteam.com.

ATV riders can earn 256 chances to win a brand-new 2012 Can-Am Outlander™ 1000 XT™ or Renegade™ 1000 X™ xc during the Can-Am 4x4x4x4 Sweepstakes held exclusively on Facebook. Follow four simple steps and you’ll earn up to 256 entries into the drawing for the ATVs to be held on January 18, 2012. Each step of the Can-Am 4x4x4x4 Sweepstakes competition multiplies your chances of winning a brand new machine by four times.

First, participants must log on to: http://www.facebook.com/CanAmOffRoad, and click on the Can-Am 4x4x4x4 Sweepstakes competition to receive four chances to win the ATV of his or her choice. Second, agree to be a lifetime fan of Can-Am ATVs, and multiply the entries by an additional four times, making the total 16 entries. The third step is to refer Facebook friends to the sweepstakes, and if one of your friends registers in the competition, entries are multiplied again by four, bringing the total to 64 entries.

The final step to send the entry count to 256 is to visit a local Can-Am ATV dealer and have a photo taken with a Can-Am ATV in the dealership. Then, upload the image inside the Facebook sweepstakes application. If the picture follows the sweepstakes rules, the entrant’s chances of winning are multiplied by four again — bringing the grand total to 256 entries!

The Can-Am 4x4x4x4 Sweepstakes facts:

  • Begins Tuesday, November 22, 2011
  • Ends Monday, January 16, 2012
  • Drawing will be held Wednesday, January 18, 2012
  • One lucky winner will win a 2012 Can-Am Outlander 1000 XT
  • A second lucky winner will win a 2012 Can-Am Renegade 1000 X xc
  • Entrants multiply entries, and the chances to win, by four with each step they complete
  • To enter, simply log on to: http://www.facebook.com/CanAmOffRoad

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Valcourt, Québec – Warnert Racing / Can-Am DS 450 Pro racer Adam McGill (right) stood tall on the all-pink GNCC cancer awareness podium after finishing third in the Pro XC1 class despite gruelling conditions at the Ironman GNCC course in Crawfordsville, Ind. Can-Am X-Team members Clifton Beasley, Forrest Whorton and Zac Zakowski each won their respective class in morning action.

“McGill and Bithell really battled out there today and I was proud of the effort they put forth on their Can-Am DS 450 ATVs. Adam notched his fourth consecutive XC1 podium and led three laps of the race. Chris put in an inspiring ride, coming from dead last at the start of the race to finish fourth,” said Jimmie O’Dell, Race Manager, Can-Am. “Can-Am X-Team racers Cliff Beasley and Zac Zakowski each made a powerful statement with their class victories in Indiana.”

Coming into the Ironman GNCC, McGill held second place in the XC1 point standings and needed to win at the final two rounds of the series for a shot at the championship. After leading the first three laps, it looked as if McGill would keep the hopes for a 2011 title alive, but lapped traffic slowed his pace on lap four and he dropped to fourth place. He then picked up the pace to reclaim the third-place position. He moved to within striking distance of first and second place at the end of the race, but had to settle for third.

“I got a good start and was leading for the first couple of laps,” said McGill. “I fell back, but was able to retake the lead. Then I fell back again and finished in third. I had a good time out there anyway and it was a good race, so I’m pretty happy with the podium finish.”

Warnet Racing / Can-Am teammate Chris Bithell got off to slow start in Indiana when his machine failed to start. After restarting the ATV, Bithell quickly went to work and moved from last place to 10th after one lap. By the second lap, Bithell had moved into fourth place and was challenging for third place. During the final laps, Bithell and his teammate McGill actually swapped positions before McGill surged ahead for the final podium position. Bithell notched his ninth top four finish of the season and is currently fourth in the XC1 point standings. He is three points behind third place with only one race remaining.
In the morning U2 class, Can-Am X-Team racer Cliff Beasley was back in the winner’s circle after winning by more than six minutes on his Can-Am Renegade 800R X xc. He finished fifth overall and second on the morning 4×4 podium. Can-Am X-Team racer Forrest Whorton continued his 4×4 Super Senior 45+ class domination as he led from start to finish and won by more than 13 minutes. Whorton has won 11 out of 12 races this season.

Zac Zakowski (Zakowski Motorsports / Can-Am X-Team) earned his second straight 4×4 Open class win. He was in third place going into the woods on the first lap, but took the lead when the two riders in front of him had trouble on a hill climb. Zakowski ended the day nearly three minutes ahead of his competition. He also earned the top stair on the morning 4×4 podium with his second place overall finish.

“It felt really good to get back-to-back wins and I hope I can win again at Loretta’s,” said Zakowski, who is currently third in the 4×4 Open class point standings.

Can-Am X-Team racer Bryan Buckhannon overcame a hill climb crash to finish second behind Zakowski. Buckhannon now trails fellow Can-Am X-Team racer and 4×4 Open class points leader Michael Swift, who took eighth in Indiana, by just two points going into the final race. Buckhannon also piloted his Team ATV Parts Plus Commander 1000 to its second class win of the season in the Open Limited UTV class and took fifth overall for the day. In the UTV Open Limited class championship final points, Can-Am Commander teams swept the top three positions, with Team Travalena taking the title, Team Held finishing second and Team ATV Parts Plus earning third.

In the UTV Open Modified class, Zakowski Motorsports was the top Can-Am Commander with a fourth-place finish. The Warnet Racing / Can-Am / Foremost team took a hard-earned fifth place after battling back from a crash after being hit from behind at the start of the race. The Warnert Commander, piloted by Jerime Dudding, also wrapped up fourth place overall on the season. Can-Am Commander vehicles made up five out the top 10 positions (out of 44 entries) in the class.

The Can-Am GNCC racing series held its Second Annual Pink Race to support cancer awareness with many teams and racers running pink graphics, number plates and riding gear. Some riders even went the extra mile to make special appearances at local the school. On Friday, McGill and a few other top racers visited the fifth and sixth graders at New Market Elementary School to make special “pink buttons” that gave the children free admission to the Ironman GNCC race.

“I had the opportunity to go out to one of the elementary schools in the area and talk to the kids about racing and cancer awareness. I do this kind of thing around home, but have never had the opportunity to go out of state. A lot of the kids actually showed up to the races the next day so it was really cool,” said McGill.

For more information on Can-Am racing, the entire 2011 schedule, the 2011 contingency program and Can-Am DS 450 ATV amateur racer support program, please visit www.can-amxteam.com.

Morgantown, W. Va. (October 27, 2011) – Racer Productions, producers of the Can-Am Grand National Cross Country Series, and BRP Can-Am are excited to announce Sunshine “Sonny” Willis, of Indianapolis, Indiana, as the winner of a brand-new 2011 Can-Am Outlander 650 XT. Can-Am Race Manager, Jimmie O’Dell, drew Sunny’s name during the ATV podium celebration at Saturday’s Ironman GNCC.

Several thousand GNCC fans entered the season-long sweepstakes at the first twelve rounds of the series, including the Amsoil Ironman GNCC, where the drawing took place.

“I am super excited to win the Can-Am Outlander 650, it’s a pretty cool ATV – I like it a lot!” said Sonny Willis. “I’m probably going to let the family have fun with it, it’s a great all-terrain vehicle and we will get a lot of use out of it! Thanks to GNCC and Can-Am for the opportunity to finally own an ATV to go riding with my friends!”

The Can-Am Outlander sweepstakes is another link in a strong partnership between GNCC Racing and BRP, which includes the title sponsorship of the GNCC Racing series and continued support of GNCC television coverage on VERSUS, soon to be NBC Sports, airing weekly on Sunday evenings.

“On behalf of everyone at BRP, I’d like to congratulate Mr. Willis on being the lucky winner drawn at the Ironman!” said Chaz Rice, Manager, Media and PR, Can-Am. “We hope he enjoys his Outlander 650 XT ATV. In fact, we know he will enjoy its class-leading power and comfortable ride!”

The Can-Am Grand National Cross Country Series continues with the season finale double header November 4-6 at Loretta Lynn’s Ranch in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee. Motorcycles will race on Friday, November 4, and again on Sunday November 6. ATVs will keep their normal Saturday race-program on November 5.

Last season, Can-Am ATV racers saw their most successful campaign of racing yet. This year, in addition to taking to the tracks on Can-Am ATVs, BRP adds side-by-side vehicle racers to its roster of factory-supported pilots across North America with the introduction of the Can-Am Commander side-by-side vehicle to the racing world.

“Continued success on the track means continued improvement for our line of products,” says Denis Morin, vice-president, Product Development & Racing. “We at BRP were pleased with last year’s pro and amateur championships. For 2011, we look forward to seeing the results of our factory-supported pro and amateur racers and cannot wait to race the new Can-Am Commander side-by-side vehicle.”

Team Warnert Racing / Can-Am
Warnert Racing will concentrate on bringing the Can-Am DS 450 championships in the XC1 Pro class and the Women’s class for 2011. Returning in the XC1 Pro class is long-time Can-Am racer Chris Bithell, who finished fourth overall last season. This will be his third season with Warnert Racing on the DS 450. Joining Bithell in the XC1 Pro class is Adam McGill who is looking to improve on his third-place finish in the XC1 Pro class. Lexie Coulter returns to Warnert looking for her first Women’s class championship.

Jeremie Dudding will race all six rounds of the GNCC side-by-side vehicle racing series in a Warnert Racing-prepped Can-Am Commander 1000 X side-by-side vehicle, and he will compete in the UTV Modified class. Dudding has been a long-time Can-Am ATV racer and is making the switch to side-by-side vehicles in 2011.

Team Motoworks / Can-Am
Motoworks will build on its late-season success that saw teammates John Natalie and Chad Wienen combine to win three of the last four rounds in the AMA ATV Motocross national championship. Both racers return on the DS 450 with one goal in mind: a national motocross championship.

In the WORCS series multi-time champion Josh Frederick is back to defend his No.1 plate in the Pro class. He will be joined full time by teammate Dillon Zimmerman. Jeremie Warnia will also race selected WORCS races in the Pro class. All three riders will be on the Can-Am DS 450   ATVs.

For side-by-side vehicle racing, Mark Holz will compete in SBS Class 1 of the WORCS championship in a Motoworks-prepped Can-Am Commander 1000 X side-by-side vehicle.

Team BCS Performance / Can-Am
Cody Miller returns to defend his Pro and Pro-Am class championship in the NEATV-MX series on a DS 450 in 2010. Joining him in the pro class will be Miles Santaniello, also on a Can-Am DS 450.

Team Gorilla Axle
BRP is pledging support for the Gorilla Axle Mud-Racing team this season. The team will represent BRP with Can-Am Outlander 800R X mr ATV – which it helped develop – and Can Am Renegade 800R ATVs at various mud races and events throughout 2011. The Gorilla Axle Team will also race the new Can-Am Commander 1000 side-by-side vehicle in selected mud races.

MPR Racing
Mike Penland, one of the most popular and respected figures in the history of ATV racing returns on a Can-Am Outlander 800R XT ATV to race next season in the GNCC racing series.

Can-Am X-Team
In addition to the partner teams, BRP offers factory race support to numerous riders. In the AMA ATV Motocross Championship, Pro-Am Production champion, Chase Snapp, will move into the Pro 450 class aboard a DS 450. Snapp took five overalls in the Pro-Am Production class last season and finished off the podium only three times last year; he also finished second in the Pro-Am Unlimited class. Defending Production A class champion Cole Henry will move to the competitive Pro-Am Production and Pro-Am Unlimited classes on a DS 450. His brother, Chase Henry, who won the Four-Stroke B championship, will move to the Production A and Four-Stroke A classes.

In the GNCC series, defending class champion, Bryan Buckhannon, will compete in the 4×4 Open class on a Can-Am Outlander 800R X xc ATV, alongside Michael Swift and Zac Zakowski. In the 4×4 Lites class, Kevin Trantham will look to repeat as the class champion on his Can Am Outlander 500 XT ATV. Cliff Beasley will defend his U2-class championship aboard a Can-Am Renegade 800R X xc ATV as well.

The CMRC Quebec provincial series will see Richard Pelchat and Pier-Olivier Lavergne race motocross in 2011. While in the Canadian FMSQ cross-country series, Amélie Lavallée will defend her series title racing aboard a Can-Am DS 450 for the Can-Am X-Team.

Racing the Extreme Dirt Track ATVA Nationals series will be Chuckie Creech on a DS 450. Creech will contest the Pro, Pro Lites and Pro-Am classes.

In Texas, as part of the TQRA race series, Hunter Miller returns to defend his Open Expert and Pro-Am class championships on the DS 450. He will also defend his Pro championship the Texas Off-Road Nationals ATV Series (TORN) as part of the Can-Am X-Team. Joining him in the TQRA Open Expert class will be Pro Johnny Hale.

Visit www.can-amxteam.com for more information on the contingency program, photos on the 2010 season along with information and results from the upcoming 2011 ATV racing season.

Bombardier Recreational Products Inc. (BRP), a privately-held company, is a world leader in the design, development, manufacturing, distribution and marketing of motorised recreational vehicles. Its portfolio of brands and products includes: Ski-Doo and Lynx snowmobiles, Sea Doo watercraft and boats, Evinrude and Johnson outboard engines, direct injection technologies such as E-TEC, Can-Am all-terrain and side-by-side vehicles and roadsters, as well as Rotax engines. BRP products are distributed in more than 90 countries.

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