2010 a Big Year for Can-Am Racers
As the new year begins, Can-Am ATV racers – both pro and amateur – can reflect on a successful 2010. Last season, Can-Am ATV racers took home nearly 40 pro and amateur championships across North America.
“To see so many Can-Am ATV racers celebrating championships means a lot to everyone at BRP,” says Denis Morin, vice-president, Product Development & Racing at BRP. “Everyone from top management on down is committed to helping our racers be successful on the track. We look forward to 2011 and what it will bring for our dedicated Can-Am racers.”
For Team Motoworks / Can-Am, 2010 was its most successful year yet. Josh Frederick claimed the 2010 WORCS Pro-class championship with a win at the final round of the season. The team was extremely excited to see Frederick with the No. 1 plate back on his Can-Am DS 450 ATV. John Natalie gave BRP its first Pro-Class AMA ATV MX National win in Pennsylvania at Pleasure Valley when he took the overall on his DS 450. He and his teammate, Chad Wienen, combined to win three of the last four rounds of the series. Natalie also led a Pro-class DS 450 podium sweep of the Montreal Supercross in front of tens of thousands of fans at Montreal’s Olympic Stadium.
Team Warnert Racing / Can-Am continued its dominance of GNCC 4×4 racing as Bryan Buckhannon took the 4×4 Open championship and Michael Swift took the 4×4 Limited championship on Can-Am Outlander 800R XT ATVs. Cliff Beasley went completely undefeated in the U2 class, racing his Renegade 800R X xc to the top of the class 13 out of 13 times this past season. He also took the morning overall at the Snowshoe, W.V. round. Chris Bithell gave the Can-Am DS 450 an overall victory at the Yadkinville GNCC and finished fourth overall in the XC1 Pro-class championship. His teammate, Adam McGill, finished third in the Pro-class points standings and was on the overall podium for eight of the 13 rounds of racing. Lexie Coulter raced her DS 450 in the Women’s class and started the season with a win at the Florida opener; she finished fourth in her class.
Team BCS Performance had one goal at the beginning of the NEATV-MX race season: deliver Cody Miller a Pro-class championship. It did that, and added a Pro-Am class championship for Miller, too. The Can-Am DS 450 racer took both of the top series championships and celebrated at the season finale in Maine.
Can-Am X-Team Program racers also had an extremely successful 2010, bringing home 10 championships for BRP. Cole Henry and Chase Henry of Virginia delivered BRP its first AMA ATV MX National championships. Cole took the Production A championship on his Can-Am DS 450 X mx, while his brother Chase secured the 4-Stroke B championship. In the GNCC series, Kevin Trantham won the 4×4 Lites championship on his Can-Am Outlander 500 XT ATV. For cross country racing in Quebec, Canada; Amelie Lavallee piloted her DS 450 to the FMSQ Pro-Am class championship.
In Texas, X-Team racer Hunter Miller cleaned up in the TQRA and TORN series Pro-class championships. Miller raced his DS 450 to the Open Expert and Pro-Am championships in TQRA, while he also took the Pro championship in the TORN series.
The Can-Am DS 450 Amateur Racer Support Program also produced multiple championships. At last count, 12 amateur ATV racing championships were won on DS 450 ATVs purchased through the program. In the NEATV-MX series, five championships were won by participants of the program. They were: Roy Lampron (25+ Open and 30+ A), Mark Gehring (Production A), Brian Cochrane (Production B) and Mike Troiano (4-Stroke B). GNCC racing saw Josh Davis win the 24+ C class, while WORCS racer Mike Hrubetz won the 40+ C class championship. OMA series racer Fred Mudd took the 30+ class on his DS 450 in cross-country racing, and in the PAMX series, Rocky Anderson won the Open A class title. In Canada’s CMRC Quebec motocross series, Jean-Sébastien Côté won the Intermediate-class championship.