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    Can-Am pro racers had a successful weekend racing their DS 450 ATVs in both the United States and Canada. Three racers earned a total of six pro-level podiums competing in the New England ATV Motocross (NEATV-MX) series and the Canadian Motosport Racing Club (CMRC) series.

    “Can-Am pro racers continue to put in impressive rides and earn podiums aboard the highly competitive DS 450 ATV,” says Jimmie O’Dell, race manager, Can-Am. “No matter the country or the series, the DS 450 has proven to be a competent and capable machine for ATV motocross.”

    In the NEATV-MX series, Motoworks / Can-Am racer Josh Creamer won the first moto in both the Pro and Pro-Am classes, but finished in the runner-up spot in moto two of each class. His 1-2 moto scores in both classes earned him second overall in each class. However, he remains just 14 points behind the Pro class points leader heading into round eight August 7, in Lyman, Maine.

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      If you want to try to turn your love of ATVs and off-highway vehicles into a career or just learn more about the preservation and construction of trails, you may be in luck.

      A scholarship is available for OHV Recreation Management at Marshall University for the fall semester. The fall semester OHV Recreation Management courses are PLS 450/550: Introduction to Off-Highway Vehicle Recreation; and PLS 452/552: Construction of OHV Trail Systems.

      This semester’s scholarship is being offered by the Nick J Rahall Appalachian Transportation Institute. The scholarship is being administered by the National Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Council. The applications are due in the NOHVCC office on August 10. NOHVCC will review the applications and choose a winner in the shortest amount of time possible. Fall courses begin August 22.

      Information about all four courses, including how to register for the courses is on the NOHVCC website at: www.nohvcc.org/Education/MarshallU.aspx.

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        Ballance Racing will be holding its second riding school of 2011 at its facility in Oakland, Ky. August 27-28.

        Attendees will receive instruction on riding, ATV set up, training and mental preparation. Instruction will be giving by the team members Bill Ballance, Taylor Kiser, Thomas Brown, and Walker Fowler.

        The school has access to a national MX track and a five-mile XC track that should provide a variety of obstacles and terrain to work with all participants.

        Nine-time GNCC champion Bill Ballance will be working one-on-one with each rider on bike setup with options to make your machine better with discounts on aftermarket products sold through Ballance Racing.

        Details are still being put together, but you can visit BallanceRacing.net for updated information.

        The class costs $350 per rider with a limit of 30 riders to ensure each students receives quality instruction. Send an email to ballanceracing@hotmail.com for an enrollment form.

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          Police in Saint John, New Brunswick (eastern Canada) have recently started an ATV squad that patrols ATV trails in the area.

          According to an article in the Telegraph-Journal, the ATV squad was formed because police could do little when they received complaints about riders in the city’s rural areas.

          “You get the odd few that don’t care, they’re not registered, they’re not insured, they’re drinking and just causing problems,” Const. Tracy Simmons told the Telegraph-Journal. “But that’s not the majority.”

          The New Brunswick All-Terrain Vehicle Association (NBATVA) is thrilled to see the police out on the trails.

          “To find out a municipality in New Brunswick is moving in that direction, it’s like wow, I’m all excited,” says Daniel Boucher, NBATVA president. “We know ATVing is fun. But like any thrills in society, it needs some level of control.”

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            Motoworks / Can-Am Pro ATV racer John Natalie maintained his AMA ATV MX Championship points lead by finishing third overall at the AMA ATV MX Championship held at Unadilla outside of New Berlin, N.Y. Canadian Can-Am X-Team DS 450 racer Richard Pelchat finished fifth overall in his first AMA race of 2011.

            “John successfully preserved his Pro class points lead with another podium-worthy performance at Unadilla,” says Jimmie O’Dell, race manager, Can-Am. “He put in valiant performance in the second moto, despite the rough, rocky and tight passing conditions, to finish second and keep his championship points lead.”

            Natalie, who captured the fastest qualifier award, came out of the moto-one gate in sixth place after he and Chase Snapp were forced wide in turn one. He fought his way into third place later in the race and was challenging for the second-place position. However, with two laps to go, Natalie was forced to slow his pace due to engine issues and finished fifth in the moto. In moto two, Natalie came off the starting line in third and spent the majority of the race trying to pass the second place rider. Finally, with three laps remaining, Natalie made a pass for second place. His 5-2 moto finishes were good for third overall. He now owns just a three-point lead heading into round 10, which is slated for the July 30th weekend at Red Bud in Buchanan, Mich.

            “This track was really hard packed and hard to pass, but I gave it my all and we had a great battle out there,” says Natalie. “I’m still recovering from my broken arm, but I am hoping to feel even better at Red Bud and hopefully take the win so I can extend the points lead and take a championship at Loretta’s.”

            Canadian Can-Am X-Team DS 450 Pro racer Richard Pelchat made the trip from Saint-Romuald, Que., Canada. He came out of the gate in moto one in second place and ended up in seventh place at the checkers. Pelchat jumped out of the gate and into the top five in the second moto. He ended the race in sixth place and finished a very respectable fifth place overall.

            In Pro-Am action, Can-Am X-Team DS 450 racer Cole Henry recorded a season-best second overall (4-3) in the Pro-Am Production class. He just missed another podium, tallying a 3-5 combined moto score for fourth overall in Pro-Am Unlimited action. Henry is currently fifth in points in both Pro-Am classes.

            The DS 450 also had success in other amateur classes. Chase Henry, Cole’s younger brother, earned an overall victory in the Production A class. Also, former GNC ATV Pro Champion Travis Spader rode his Can-Am DS 450 to three impressive overalls, winning the Open A, Junior 25 Plus and Veteran 30+ classes.

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