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.”

Washington, Ga. – The 2012 AMA ATV Motocross National Championship Series kicked off Saturday at Aonia Pass MX Park in Washington, Ga., providing some of the best racing in series history, pitting the fastest ATV Motocross racers in the country against one another for two twenty-plus minute motos. After an eight-month hiatus from racing due to a season ending injury in 2011, Wienen Motorsports/SSi/Walsh/Yamaha-backed Chad Wienen began the season in a winning fashion, going (1-1) for the overall and the early points lead.

In the opening moto of the Pro ATVMX class, it was Baldwin Motorports/PEP’s Josh Upperman who grabbed the SSi Decals Holeshot Award and led the early part of the race. It wasn’t long before Wienen powered his new Yamaha ride into the lead, though, passing Upperman through the fan-filled finish line section.

While the rest of the field was viewing the track on the site lap, Motoworks/Can-Am’s newest addition, Joel Hetrick, was waiting behind the gate while his crew worked to fix a mechanical issue on the ATV. Earlier in the day, Hetrick grabbed the ATVRiders.com fastest Qualifier Award over a stacked field of veteran riders, and after finally fixing the ATV in time for the gate drop, Hetrick proved it wasn’t a fluke as he caught and passed the front-runners and pressured Wienen for the lead spot. Hetrick finally made a bold attempt to pass Wienen for the lead, but in doing so, the nineteen-year-old went off the track and was forced to sit the rest of the moto on the sidelines.

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.”

Morgantown, W. Va. - Maxxis/Yoshimura’s Chris Borich is not just the defending champion heading into this weekend’s season opener of the Can-Am Grand National Cross Country Series at Westgate River Ranch in River Ranch, Florida. After three consecutive titles, Borich is paving his way into the GNCC record books, one race-win at a time, which means the 2012 tour could help paint an even bigger picture for the Pennsylvania native.

Since his first championship in 2009, Borich has won a staggering 30 out of 39 races in the XC1 ATV Pro class, leaving little room for his competition to shine. But domination is not new to this field. The previous GNCC ATV King, Bill Ballance, still holds the record with nine-straight titles and before Ballance, Barry Hawk won seven straight. So while Borich has a long way to go to match history, he’s ready to make some more of his own as the 2012 season gets underway.

“I’m feeling really prepared for the opening round after spending some time down here in Florida getting my program dialed in,” Borich said. “I feel good and the bike feels good so the only thing left to do is get to racing!”

Valcourt, Québec, September 7, 2011 – Motoworks / Can-Am pro ATV racer Josh Creamer won both pro motos aboard his DS 450 ATV at round 10 of the 2011 New England ATV Motocross Series to take over the Pro class points lead. Creamer put together two come-from-behind rides winning the mud-filled first moto and also the second Pro moto to post his fifth overall victory of the season, pushing his class points lead to 10 with only two rounds remaining.

“Creamer may not have gotten off to a good start in the motos, but he displayed the composure of a true champion as he rallied in the mud to notch two moto wins, take the overall victory and the overall Pro class points lead. Josh has won three straight races now and he definitely has his Can-Am dialed in,” said Jimmie O’Dell, Race Manager, Can-Am.

The first Pro class moto was delayed close to an hour as lightning and thunderstorms engulfed the Hurricane Hills motocross park in Clifford, Pa. The track was left a water-logged mess, but the Pro class took to the line in spite of the conditions. Creamer was the last pro off the line, but quickly found his way into the top three. After passing into second, Creamer then followed early moto leader, BCS Performance / Can-Am DS 450 racer Cody Miller, for a couple of laps before taking the lead and the win.

A missed shift put Creamer to the back of the class at the start of the second moto, however, Creamer pushed his DS 450 into the top three, again, and soon passed his way into second place. He then passed for the lead later in the moto and held on for another overall victory and his fourth win the last five rounds of racing.

“The weather was horrible. There was a torrential downpour and lots of lightning before we were supposed to start lining up and they had to delay the race for an hour until it cleared. That made the track really muddy for the first pro moto,” said Creamer.

Miller finished second in the first Pro class moto, and paired that with a third-place ride in moto two. His 3-2 score was good for another trip to the podium. He also finished second overall in the Pro-Am class on the day, posting 2-2 moto scores.

“This has been an interesting season so far and the competition has been tough, but I am happy that I have made it to the podium almost every round,” said Miller.

Two rounds remain on the 2011 NEATV-MX schedule, with Round 11 slated for Sept. 18, at the MX 101 facility in Epping, N.H.

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.

Millfield, Ohio – There was a noticeable absence at this weekend’s Suzuki Summer ATV National at Sunday Creek Raceway as Motoworks Can-Am’s Chad Wienen missed his first race of this season after undergoing surgery just last week. Although Wienen will not be racing again this season, the ATV Motocross family will continue to follow and support Wienen in his recovery efforts.

Round 8 of the AMA ATV Motocross National Championship Series presented by DWT took over the grounds of Sunday Creek Raceway in Millfield, Ohio, for the first time ever in the history of the series. With its wide-open spectating view, first-class parking and undeniably workable clay terrain, the Sunday Creek facility was a big hit on the AMA ATVMX circuit. A small rain took place in the early afternoon, creating an interesting dynamic for the first set of motos, but as soon as the rain stopped and the sun came out, it was a perfect day for ATV racing.

Motoworks Can-Am’s Jeremie Warnia grabbed the ATVRiders.com Fastest Qualifier Award after taking advantage of the dry track conditions during the morning practice sessions. “The track was awesome for practice, I prefer when it’s dry definitely. My Can-Am was running really good and I just found smooth lines out there,” said Warnia.

Bowling Green, Ky. -The Motoworks Can-Am duo of Chad Wienen and John Natalie is no stranger to the podium by now, as they currently sit first and second in the AMA ATV Motocross Championship Series presented by DWT after round three at Ballance MX in Bowling Green, Ky. After finishing second to teammate Chad Wienen in the first two rounds, Natalie finally put the pieces together to prove that “Big Red” can be beat – taking his first moto win and overall of the season.

Wienen took the ATVRiders.com Fastest Qualifier Award to bank an extra $100 for the day. Josh Upperman grabbed the moto one holeshot aboard his Baldwin Motorsports JB Racing PEP Honda and led for the first part of the race. Natalie got a third place holeshot close behind Upperman and Devin Heimes before making his move into the lead around lap five.

“It was a good race,” said the moto one winner. “I got a pretty good start and after I passed into the lead I just held on until the end. Chad was right there the whole race.”

Wienen got off to a rough start in moto one, getting pushed out to around seventh. The points leader quickly made his way to the front of the pack and settled in behind his Motoworks Can-Am teammate until he experienced some bike problems when his rear shock broke. Chad pushed through, though, going on to capture his first second place finish of the season.

The Ballance Racing team experienced continued bad luck at their home track as Thomas Brown and Taylor Kiser both dealt with bike problems in moto one. Kiser, who currently sits in fourth place in the Can-Am Grand National Cross Country Series XC2 class, broke his axel on the first lap of the moto, leaving him out of contention in moto one. Thomas Brown grabbed a decent holeshot and pushed right outside the top five until his bike broke down, leaving him with another DNF for the season.

Rookie Chase Snapp put in an impressive ride aboard his Can-Am and after getting off to a back of the pack start, Snapp worked his way up to fifth behind Florida’s Jeremy Lawson. Walsh Race Craft Fox Shox Maxxis FMF’s Lawson maintained a consistent pace in moto one to finish fourth.

Josh Upperman grabbed the moto two holeshot and it wasn’t long before John Natalie put his Motoworks Can-Am back out front.

“The track was a little more technical this week so and it picked out the riders a little more,” said Natalie. “I like the technical stuff a lot better but this weekend I just got good holeshots and went from there. Chad and I battled it out for about five or six laps and I just held on until the end.”

Wienen got a bad holeshot in moto two but quickly began picking off riders. Upperman kept close behind Natalie until about lap six when Wienen made his way into the second spot. It didn’t take long for Lawson to make his move past Upperman to secure a third spot, giving him a season-best finish on the podium. Lawson now sits fourth in the overall point standings behind Upperman.

After struggling with mechanical issues this season, Ballance Racing’s Thomas Brown was finally able to cross the finish line on his Yamaha machine. Brown maintained a consistent pace throughout the moto and finished fifth, giving him a tenth place overall for the day. Brown currently sits in thirteenth overall in the points.

After finishing second this weekend, Chad Wienen still sits at the top of the point standings with round three winner John Natalie just six points behind in second. Only ten points separate the third and fourth spots of Upperman and Lawson and Joe Byrd rounds out the top five eleven points behind Lawson.

The AMA ATV Motocross Championship Series heads to Mechanicsville, MD for the Motoworks Budds Creek event, with Pro class racing starting at 1 p.m. Saturday, supported by 37 amateur classes throughout Saturday and Sunday. For more information, please visit www.atvmotocross.com.

AMA Pro ATV Results

1. John Natalie (CAN)

2. Chad Wienen (CAN)

3. Jeremy Lawson (SUZ)

4. Josh Upperman (HON)

5. Chase Snapp (CAN)

6. Nick DeNoble (HON)

7. Joe Byrd (HON)

8. Travis Moore (HON)

9. Harold Goodman (HON)

10. Thomas Brown (YAM)


AMA ATV Motocross Championship Pro Point Standings

1. Chad Wienen (144) 2. John Natalie (138) 3. Josh Upperman (116) 4. Jeremy Lawson (106) 5. Joe Byrd (95) 6. Chase Snapp (79) 7. Nick DeNoble (73) 8. Travis Moore (65) 9. Joel Hetrick (62) 10. Derek Swartfager (58)

Photo: Mike Roth, Event Pix

Morgantown, W.Va. (February 25, 2011) – The opening round of the 2011 AMA ATVMX Championship presented by DWT will kick off this weekend, February 26-27, at Aonia Pass MX in Washington, Ga. The fastest four-wheeled ATV riders in the world will compete in round one to see who can claim the points lead early on in the 11-round series.

This nationally televised event on the VERSUS network is expected to draw nearly 800 riders. With a full-gate of ATV Pro riders for 2011, there is no telling who is going to claim the series championship.

Last year, Rockstar Yoshimura Suzuki’s duo of Josh Creamer and Dustin Wimmer grabbed first and second in the championship standings. This year a host of top riders, both up and coming stars and established veterans, are gunning for the title.

For example, Motoworks / Can-Am riders Chad Wienen and John Natalie were tough competitors in the series point chase for 2010 and both riders are looking to take the Championship this year. Wienen finished the season with a 3rd overall, leaving him with high hopes for the 2011 season.

“We at BRP are anticipating the 2011 race season to be the most successful yet for the Can-Am DS 450. Our Motoworks / Can-Am racers and team are ready to race for the Pro-class championship, and our stable of Can-Am X-Team support racers and the countless amateurs who are members of our Can-Am X-Team DS 450 Racer Support Program are ready to win as well,” said Can-Am Public Relations Manager Chaz Rice. “We look forward building upon the success of 2010 and cannot wait for the opener in Georgia,” Rice added.

There’s no telling who will show up fast and focused this weekend, so spectators are encouraged to get in early and scout the competition in the pro pits.

Aonia Pass is one of the largest off-road racing facilities in the southeast. The track is 1.7 miles long, 25-feet wide in most sections and professionally built and maintained.

Tickets on Saturday are $20 for spectators ($10 for ages 6-11), and admission includes full pro-pit access and an autograph session.

The pro riders will run as part of a full schedule of amateur racing, including classes for Youth, Women and Veteran riders. Amateurs will practice on Friday and race on Saturday and Sunday. Pros will practice on Friday and race on Saturday.

To get to the track from Atlanta, take I-20 East to Exit 160 (Hwy 223 Norwood Exit). Go left and travel on Hwy 223 until it dead-ends with Hwy 78. Turn right on Hwy 78. The venue is 2.5 miles down on your right (look for the big Aonia Pass Motoplex sign).

For more information, please visit www.atvmotocross.com

Team Motoworks / Can-Am had an excellent opening to its 2011 World Off-Road Championship Series race season as factory driver Mark Holz piloted his Can-Am Commander 1000 side-by-side vehicle to the Class 1 victory in front of some of the best side-by-drivers in North America. His teammate, Jeremie Warnia also took the Pro-class victory on his Can-Am DS 450 ATV completing the weekend sweep of the premier classes by Motoworks / Can-Am.

“I’m extremely proud of Mark Holz as he drove excellently this past weekend to earn the Motoworks / Can-Am Commander 1000 a victory at the opener of this highly competitive race series,” said Jimmie O’Dell, Race Manager, Can-Am. “As demonstrated with Warnia and his DS 450 victory as well, the team’s preparation and testing has definitely paid off and I’m looking forward to many more victories in what will surely be a very exciting season.”