Freestyle team to ride Can-Am DS 450s
Bombardier Recreational Products Inc. (BRP) has partnered up with ATV freestyle team Akraix.
Akraix will use Can-Am ATVs in all of its shows and will perform aerial tricks using the DS 450 sport ATV.
“This is a great way to showcase the capabilities of the DS 450 and is also a great way to reach new audiences,” says Del Bohlman, product, media relation and racing manager for Can-Am ATVs. “Everyone who witnesses the astonishing tricks at an ATV freestyle show walks away completely amazed; we are proud to partner with Akraix, whose members have established themselves on the cutting edge of this sport.”
Jon Guetter, the first person in the world to attempt and land a backflip with an ATV, leads the four-man Akraix team. He is also the current world-record holder for ramp-to-ramp jump on an ATV. The record jump of 176.11 feet was accomplished on a DS 450. Jon’s brother Derek Guetter, Ben Bettis and Steve Weissenger make up the rest of the team.
“We’re extremely excited to be riding Can-Am ATVs this year,” says Derek Guetter. “We basically have been riding them stock, and Jon is already doing advanced backflips and just set the Guiness world record distance record last week on a nearly stock DS 450. It’s going to be a great year for ATV freestyle and everyone on the team can’t wait to show the capabilities of the DS 450.”
The first performance of the team will be at the ATV Mud Nationals near Jacksonville, Tex. where the team will perform its show in front of record numbers of ATV enthusiasts for the weekend. For more information on the Akraix team, visit http://www.akraix.com/.