Seven class wins for Can-Am
Round Three of both Grand National Cross Country (GNCC) series and World Off-Road Championship Series (WORCS) took place this past weekend and Can-Am riders earned a total of seven class wins.
At the GNCC event near Morganton, NC, Can-Am ATV racers would walk away with an impressive six class wins, including a sweep of the 4×4 classes.
“It was a solid weekend for our Can-Am ATV racers,” says Jimmie O’Dell, racing manager for Can-Am ATVs at BRP. “We took some good lessons away from Steele Creek and are looking forward to even better results at Big Buck!”
Team Warnert / Can-Am racer Bryan Buckhannon showed why he is the racer to beat in the 4×4 Open class as he powered his Can-Am Outlander 800R XT EFI ATV to the class win.
Lexie Coulter, had a great result on her DS 450, taking third overall for the morning race and second in the Women’s class. Coulter had the lead on the last lap until lapped traffic forced her to second place. Warnert Racing’s Cliff Beasley was also successful taking the U2 class win on his Renegade 800R X xc by almost five minutes.
In the afternoon, College A (16-21) class racer Jamie Bithell rode his Warnert Racing / Can-Am DS 450 to the class win and finished ahead of almost 200 other racers. Can-Am X-Team racers Scott Kilby and Kevin Tratham took wins in the 4×4 Limited and 4×4 Lites classes respectively. Finally, Can-Am Outlander racer Forrest Whorton took the Utility Sr. (45+) win during the morning race.
The next round in the GNCC championship is the Big Buck GNCC near Union, SC on April 10. When Motoworks / Can-Am DS 450 racer Josh Frederick pulled to the starting line at Round 3 of the WORCS series near Lake Havasu, Ariz., he was on a mission to win. With the drop of the gate, Frederick quickly took the Pro-class lead and during the course of the 18-lap race, continued to add to that lead until he crossed the finish line more than five minutes ahead of second place.
“I had a good race. The bike was running great and I’m happy to be back in the points lead,” says Frederick. “It was a sandy track and it got pretty rough at the end but I still had a good time and I’m looking forward to the next round.”
“With Josh taking the Pro points lead, we are looking forward to extending that lead by the end of round four,” says O’Dell. “Josh and his team are committed to bringing the number-one plate back to the Motoworks / Can-Am race team.”
Frederick’s pro-class teammate, Dillon Zimmerman had a solid race on his Motoworks DS 450, finishing fifth in the class. Amateur rider, Cole Henry, ran into some handling issues midway through the race and came into the pits for repair work to a broken ball joint. He made it back onto the course, but had to settle for a top 15 finish at the end of the Pro-Am race.
The next round in the WORCS championship is April 23-25 near Adelanto, Calif.