Can-Am off-road has launched its 2017 Can-Am factory racing team and also announced its Can-Am X-Team ATV and SxS Rider Contingency Program. The amateur and professional racing contingency program includes more than a $350,000 in total payouts and covers numerous racing series for ATVs and side-by-side vehicles across North America.

The Can-Am X-Team off-road consists of 18 teams competing with Can-Am Renegade 4×4 ATVs and Can-Am Maverick side-by-side vehicles.

Can-Am ATV and side-by-side vehicle racers put on a dominating show at round 12 of the Grand National Cross Country (GNCC) racing series, sweeping both the XC1 Pro UTV and 4×4 Pro ATV classes in St. Clairsville, Ohio.

Can-Am Side-By-Side Vehicle Racing
Kyle Chaney easily won the UTV overall and XC1 Pro UTV class in his Can-Am Maverick X xc 1000R side-by-side vehicle. Chaney, the defending, two-time XC1 Pro UTV class champion, has now won the last two GNCC events. With three total victories and points from two other races this season, Chaney has climbed to within 26 points of Cody Miller for the class points lead.

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– The Can-Am X-Team / S3 Racing team of Dustin Jones and Shane Dowden concluded the 2015 Best In The Desert racing season with a victory at the Henderson 250 in Nevada. Jones and Dowden flipped roles for this round, as Dowden took the wheel and drove the team to its second BITD victory of the year.


Valcourt, Québec – Can-Am ATV and side-by-side vehicle racers earned numerous wins and podiums this past weekend during national and regional races across North America. Kyle Chaney won the XC1 Pro UTV class with Maverick 1000R side-by-side vehicle at the John Penton Grand National Cross Country race in Ohio. Can-Am Maverick racers also scored wins in the Texas Off-Road Nationals, Louisiana Cross Country Series and a solid second-place finish at the SCORE International Baja 500.


Valcourt, Québec – Can-Am Maverick 1000R drivers finished first and second in the Open side-by-side class and overall at the 12 Hours of La Tuque endurance race in Quebec, Canada. Maverick pilots also swept the UTV Open class podium this past weekend at round three of the American Woods Racing Championship Series (AWRCS) in Pennsylvania.

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– Can-Am DS 450 ATV Pro Joel Hetrick notched his first Pro class win of the year Saturday at round three of the 2014 Mtn. Dew ATV Motocross National Championship series held in Mount Morris, Pa. Can-Am DS 450 racers Jeffrey Rastrelli and Ronnie Higgerson also went 1-2 in the Pro-Am class Sunday at the renowned High Point Raceway.

Creamer-neatv-can-am-9-6-13Valcourt, Québec – BCS Performance / Can-Am® DS 450™ Pro Josh Creamer won both the Pro and Pro-Am classes at round nine of the 2013 New England ATV Motocross Series in Clifford, Pa. Hendershot Performance / Can-Am also notched an overall victory recently, winning the UTV Open class with its Maverick™ 1000R X® rs at round six of the American Woods Racing Championship Series in Ohio.

“Josh Creamer continued his successful 2013 season aboard his BCS Performance-backed Can-Am DS 450, winning two classes and all four motos at round nine of the NEATV-MX series,” said Jeff Leclerc, Racing Project Leader, Can-Am. “We were excited to hear the Hendershots showcased the impressive power and handling of the Can-Am Maverick 1000R X rs in driving it to an UTV Open class victory at the AWRCS race in Ohio.”

Can-Am-Race-4-2-13Valcourt, Québec – Can-Am Maverick 1000R side-by-side vehicle driver James Hill finished second in the SxS Pro Production class at round three of the World Off-Road Championship Series (WORCS) in Arizona. Brothers Derek and Jason Murray also earned a podium finish with their Maverick 1000R X® rs, racing to a third-place finish in the Best In The Desert (BITD) Mint 400 outside of Las Vegas. At the 2013 Mtn. Dew AMA ATV Motocross Nationals opening round in Georgia, BCS Performance / Can-Am pro Josh Creamer finished second in the Pro class aboard his DS 450™.

“I was thrilled that Can-Am racers earned hard-fought podium finishes in three different series, and in very difficult conditions,” said Jimmie O’Dell, Race Manager, Can-Am. “James Hill overcame a challenging WORCS course to earn his second podium behind the wheel of the Maverick. The Murray Motorsports team had a spectacular podium finish at the Mint 400 and narrowly missing second-place by only two seconds. Josh Creamer — despite a first-turn crash in the first moto and very wet, muddy conditions — won a Pro class moto and notched an impressive second-place finish overall at round one of the AMA ATV MX series.”

Valcourt, Québec, October 12, 2011 – Warnert Racing / Can-Am DS 450 racer Adam McGill (right) finished third in the XC1 Pro class at the Powerline Park Grand National Cross Country (GNCC) race held over the weekend in St. Clairsville, Ohio. In the morning session, Can-Am X-team racers Zac Zakowski, Forrest Whorton and Kevin Trantham each won their respective classes aboard Can-Am Outlander ATVs.
“McGill rode well and was actually in contention for the win a couple of times before eventually finishing third overall. I’m happy to see him on the XC1 podium again and earn a top three overall finish,” said Jimmie O’Dell, Race Manager, Can-Am. “Our Can-Am X-Team racers continue to excel on their Outlander ATVs. It was great to see Zac ride so well today and earn his first win this season in the 4×4 Open class. It was also nice to see Zac’s teammate Kevin Trantham get back to his winning ways in the 4×4 Lites. I’m also really happy for Forrest Whorton as today he clinched the 4×4 Super Senior 45+ championship aboard his Can-Am.”
McGill held the early lead in the XC1 class. Just before lap two, he dropped one spot after having difficulty in one of the track’s muddy sections. However, on lap three, McGill put in the fastest lap of the day in the Pro class and was less than a second behind the leader. He then lost time on the next lap and fell to third. That’s where he stayed until the finish line. It was the third straight XC1 podium finish for McGill.
“I was leading for a while and I felt really good out there,” said McGill. “It was rough out there and I didn’t finish how I wanted to, but I still made it on the podium.”
Warnert Racing / Can-Am DS 450 teammate Chris Bithell rode in the top five in the XC1 Pro class for most of the day prior to the final lap. In fact, he was in third place on lap three. After falling to fourth, he picked up the pace in pursuit of the leaders. However, a large stick impaled his ATV’s radiator on the final lap and slowed his charge. He ended up ninth on the day.
Zakowski, who rides a Zakowski Motorsports / Can-Am X-Team Outlander, matched his season’s best finish with second overall on the morning podium. The 4×4 Open class win was the first for him in 2011 and the first since winning a 4×4 Open event at round four of last year. He is currently in fourth place in the class point standings.
“We have been working hard all season and it finally paid off for us. I have to thank Can-Am and all of our sponsors who have helped us make this happen,” said Zakowski.
Current 4×4 Open class points leader and X-Team racer Michael Swift (UXC Racing) finished second on his Can-Am Outlander 800R X xc. Can-Am X-Team member and tough 4×4 Open class competitor Bryan Buckhannon got stuck in a mud hole on the opening lap while avoiding spectators and had to play catch up all day. He ended up in fourth place despite battling the mud hole for more than five minutes on lap one and still holds second place in the chase for the class championship with only two rounds remaining.
Trantham rebounded from a disappointing finish at the last round and put in a dominating effort aboard his Can-Am X-Team Outlander 500 XT to convincingly win the 4×4 Lites class. He led from start to finish and won the class by more than eight minutes. He has nine victories this year.
Super Senior (45+) class Can-Am X-Team racer Whorton claimed his 10th win of the season beating MPR / Can-Am X-Team racer Mike Penland to the finish. Whorton, who led from start to finish at the Powerline GNCC, wrapped up the class championship for 2011.
Unfortunately, 2011 U2 class champion Clifton Beasley saw his unprecedented 29-race win streak end in Ohio. A mechanical issue on the final lap forced Beasley to ride slower than his normal race pace. Amazingly, he still held the lead on his Renegade 800R X xc until the final ¼-mile of the race, where he was passed by two other Can-Am riders. He finished third to keep his class podium streak alive at 24. Can-Am racer Robert Smith of Beaver, Pa., took advantage of Beasley’s troubles to post his first class win of the season.
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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.

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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.