Motoworks / Can-Am DS 450 pro ATV racers remain in control of the Pro class points lead in the New England ATV Motocross series and World Off-Road Championship Series after this weekend’s races.
Josh Creamer went 1-2 in the Pro class motos to finish second and retain a 10-point lead in the NEATV-MX series. While Jeremie Warnia, after a fifth-place finish at Glen Helen in California, still leads the WORCS Pro class by one point over teammate Josh Frederick, who earned third place at round seven.
“We’re still in control of the Pro class points in both ATV racing series and feel very confident that Josh Creamer will give us his best effort yet at the NEATV-MX finale and provide the Motoworks / Can-Am team with another ATV Pro motocross title in 2011,” says Jimmie O’Dell, Race Manager, Can-Am. “I can’t say enough about the effort put in by both Warnia and Frederick at Glen Helen as they now sit 1-2 in the WORCS Pro class points chase. The WORCS Pro ATV championship will go down to the wire and we’re thankful our guys are sitting in those top two spots.”
The MX 101 course in Epping, NH, hosted round 11 of the NEATV-MX series. The short, narrow course made passing difficult, but Josh Creamer found his way around two riders in the first Pro class moto. After starting third, Creamer rallied to pass fellow DS 450 racer Cody Miller (BCS Performance / Can-Am) and then chase down the leader. After a lengthy battle, Creamer made his move and earned the checkers.
In moto two, Creamer again started third. For several laps, Creamer battled with Miller for the second-place spot. Once he finally passed Miller, he set his sights on the leader. However, Creamer ran out of time and had to settle for a second-place finish in moto two. His 1-2 finishes were good for second place overall. His 55-point total for both motos equaled that of the leader and enabled him to retain his 10-point Pro class cushion heading into the finale. The NEATV-MX finals are scheduled for October 9, at Hemonds MX in Minot, Maine.
“I won three out of four motos, but I didn’t win the one I really wanted to win so I am going to have to work a little harder at the final round if I want to take the championship,” says Josh Creamer. “I’m hoping all goes well at the final round and I will be able to give Can-Am a championship in return for everything they have done for me this season.”
Creamer was unstoppable in Pro-Am class action, as he not only won the holeshot of each moto, but also led from wire-to-wire to sweep the class. Miller followed up his third-place finish in the Pro class by finishing third in each Pro-Am moto and third overall.
Warnia came off the line in second place and took over as the race leader by lap two. There, the current Pro class points leader stayed for the next three laps. He dropped to second place at the midpoint of the race and was still in contention for the lead, but a pit stop to change a tire pushed him back to fifth. He ran out of time to challenge for a podium finish, but recorded another top-five ride and held on to his Pro class points lead.
Frederick, who had won the previous round to climb to within five points of Warnia, was looking to gain more ground at Glen Helen in Devore, Calif. The reigning 2010 WORCS ATV Pro Champion did just that as he finished third overall and notched his seventh straight Pro class podium. After he recorded the fastest lap of the day on lap four, Frederick moved into the second spot and looked for more. However, another rider crashed and Frederick and the race leader stopped to help pull the ATV off of the rider. After another stop for fuel a lap later, Frederick had lost too much ground to challenge for the lead. He used a last-lap pass to earn third overall and keep his quest for back-to-back Pro class titles alive.
“I was fourth off the start and worked up to second, but then there was a bottleneck because another rider crashed. His quad was on top of him and he wasn’t able to move so several of us stopped to help him and that let everyone catch up,” explained Frederick. “On the next lap I had to stop for gas and that let several people pass me, but I worked back up and was able to finish on the podium.”