Can-Am Race Report: Hetrick Second at Millville MX
Can-Am DS 450 racer Joel Hetrick earned second overall in the Pro class at round six of the 2014 Mtn. Dew ATV Motocross National Championship Series held near Millville, Minn. Can-Am Pros secured three top-five finishes in both the Pro and Pro-Am classes at the iconic Spring Creek Motocross park. Can-Am Pro Travis Moore also won both the Pro and Pro-Am classes at round five of the New England ATV Motocross series held in New Hampshire.
“We had a good weekend in Minnesota and New Hampshire. We earned the second spot on the Pro class podium with Joel Hetrick and also netted top-five finishes from Josh Creamer and Jeffrey Rastrelli,” says Jeff Leclerc, Racing Project Leader, Can-Am. “Hetrick continues to impress aboard his DS 450, with yet another consistent finish. Travis Moore continued his pursuit of a double championship In NEATV by winning both Pro-level classes.”
ATV MX Nationals
The Mtn. Dew Spring Creek ATV National, stop No. 6 on the ATV National Championship series tour, hosted its first ATV motocross weekend since 2011. Thunderstorms and heavy rain were in the forecast, but held off to allow for competitive racing on a challenging course.
JB Racing / DWT / Mtn. Dew Live Wire / Can-Am DS 450 Pro Joel Hetrick earned a Pro class podium for Can-Am at round six. Hetrick battled back from the sixth-place position in each moto to earn two, top-three moto finishes. His 2-3 score was good for second overall on the weekend and gave him a 13-point cushion over third with three rounds remaining.
“My Can-Am worked awesome. This was one of the roughest tracks so far. This has been a good season and I am going to try to get on the podium,” says Hetrick. “I was second in qualifiers and didn’t quite get the starts I wanted, but I went to work and got second overall.”
Two other Can-Am DS 450 Pros also made a run at the Pro class podium in Josh Creamer (BCS Performance / Can-Am) and Jeffrey Rastrelli (JB Racing / Cheerwine / Can-Am). Creamer came out of the gate in second place in moto one, but ended up taking third. After a mid-pack start in moto two, Creamer picked off three other racers on his way to fourth. His 3-4 score was good for fourth overall. Rastrelli took fourth in the first moto and then started moto two in second. By lap two, he took over the lead and held it for three laps. After a bobble on a difficult downhill section, Rastrelli lost the lead, but rallied to take fifth in moto two to earn fifth overall, matching a season’s best.
BCS Performance / Can-Am DS 450 racer Ronnie Higgerson took 10th in the Pro class. He also finished on the Pro-Am podium at Millville, earning third. Higgerson, the current Pro-Am class points leader, now has five straight podium finishes, two wins and a 31-point lead going into round seven. Second place in the Pro-Am standings belongs to Rastrelli, who was fifth at Spring Creek. William Lloyd (JB Racing / Cheerwine / Can-Am) captured fourth in the Pro-Am class and earned a third-place podium finish in the Open A class.
BCS Performance / Whitcher Racing / Can-Am X-Team rider Travis Moore, the reigning NEATV-MX Pro class champion, expanded his points lead in the Pro class by winning both motos to capture the class overall victory at round five of the series held at Jolly Rogers MX in Lempster, N.H. Moore also won the Pro-Am class aboard his DS 450 ATV to take over the points lead. He trailed the leader by 10 points by tallied 60 points on his way to the win and lead. Seven rounds remain on the 2014 NEATV-MX season schedule.
“My Can-Am was literally unstoppable today,” says Moore. “This track got super rough and there were big holes and rocks sticking out everywhere. Thankfully, for the amount of awesome people behind me and me being able to train hard, I’m back on top and looking for another championship or two,” said Moore.
Side-by-side racing was also part of the NEATV-MX weekend and Can-Am Maverick pilot Wayne Chamberland led from start-to-finish in his Can-Am Maverick. He’s the current points leader heading into the next round.