Can-Am Race Report: May 11-12
Can-Am ATV and UTV racers were competing across the country in three different series this past weekend, earning 25 podiums.
Can-Am X-Team member Mathieu Deroy won the ATV Pro class at the New England ATV Motocross series in New Hampshire. Can-Am DS 450 racers scored three class victories and eight podiums at round four of the 2013 Mtn. Dew ATV Motocross National Championship series in Indiana. At the World Off-Road Championship Series in Taft, Calif., Can-Am racers earned three podiums.
“The Can-Am racing team and amateur support riders had another successful weekend of racing, earning roughly two dozen podiums. It was good to see Canadian Pro Mathieu Deroy get his first Pro class win,” says Jimmie O’Dell, Race Manager, Can-Am. “We had some challenges this weekend in the AMA ATV MX Pro class and WORCS SxS Pro Production, by just narrowly missing two podium finishes, but our teams are more determined than ever to earn a spot back up on the box as soon as possible.”
NEATV-MX – Round 3
Round 3 was held at a muddy MX101 in Epping, NH. Leading the way was Pro class racer, Mathieu Deroy (Can-Am X-Team / PLX Sport / Ultimate ATV) of Canada, who won the first Pro class moto with a late-race pass. He then overcame a slower start to finish second in moto two to earn his first career Pro class win and overall aboard the Can-Am DS 450 ATV.
“My Can-Am DS 450 was amazing this weekend, ran great, got me to the front of the pack off the holeshots in the Pro class and led me to my first Pro win ever,” says Deroy. “The track was super rough. This win has got me really energized to go for the top podium spot again.”
NEATV-MX Pro class points leader Travis Moore finished second behind Deroy. Racing for BCS Performance / Wide Open Racing, the Can-Am Pro won the second moto of both the Pro and Pro-Am classes to earn the second spot on each podium. Fourth place in the Pro class went to Can-Am racer, Canadian Anthony Derochers.
Can-Am racers earned 11 other podiums at MX101. Jake Chamberland won the 4-Stroke A class and took third in the College Boy class. Ellie Derochers and Mark Gehring joined Chamberland on the 4-Stroke A podium. Ryan Dyer (Production Stock B), Alex Parker (4-Stroke B), Roy Lampron (40+ Open) and Justin Locke (25+) took second in their classes. Max Baskin (Production Stock B), Tyler Pulver (Production Stock C) and Joshua Suchocki (40+ Open) tallied third place finishes on their Can-Am ATVs.
Mtn. Dew ATV MX – Round 4
Wildcat Creek MX in Rossville, Ind. hosted its first AMA ATV MX national event. Former GNC national champion and Can-Am racer Travis Spader won two classes (30+, 40+) and Michael Troiano earned the overall in the Production A class on his DS 450. The five other podium finishers were Nick Gennusa (2nd, Open A), Merrill Crose (2nd, 450 A; 3rd, 30+), Douggie Hill (3rd, Open C) and Clayton Coad (3rd, 4-Stroke C).
BCS Performance / Can-Am DS 450 Pro Josh Creamer finished fourth in the Pro class. He ended up seventh in moto one after a mediocre start. However, a much-improved start and a third-place finish in moto two was good for fourth overall.
“My Can-Am DS 450 was working flawlessly. I had a brand new quad built by BCS Performance and they had it dialed in,” says Creamer, who is currently fourth in the Pro class point standings. “I need to get some turn around in my luck, I just need to get two solid motos in one day and I’ll be good. I know I can do it and I know my Can-Am can do it.”
Pro-Am class Can-Am racer Ronnie Higgerson won the second moto to grab the fourth-place position in Indiana. His top-five finish moved him into the points lead after round four. Gennusa (BCS / Can-Am X-Team) earned a season-best fifth place in the Pro-Am class.
WORCS – Round 5
Round five of WORCS headed to Honolulu Hills in Taft, Calif. The course featured a lot of dust along with man-made mud sections. Can-Am amateur ATV racer Mike Hrubetz won the 50 B/C class and took third in the 40+ B class on his DS 450. Can-Am racer Zachary Zobrist was second in the Spt. 15-29 B class. GPS / Can-Am X-Team racer Dillon Zimmerman finished sixth in the Pro class.
In side-by-side racing action, Team IMG Motorsports / Can-Am Maverick 1000R racer James Hill was in third place on the final lap of the SxS Pro Production class, but fell victim to a damaged tie-rod. He ended up 12th in Taft, but still holds the second-place position in the points race. Fellow Can-Am Maverick 1000R pilots John Pacheco (IMG Motorsports) and Johnny Leach (Motoworks / DWT) finished six and seventh, respectively.