BRP Announces 2012 Can-AM ATV and Side-By-Side Racing Team
Valcourt, Québec, January 20, 2012 – Looking to build upon its unprecedented racing success in 2011 – a season that saw two Pro-class championships, two manufacturer’s cup titles, several amateur-class titles and a successful debut with the Commander side-by-side racing efforts — BRP will again field a team of Can-Am racers on both ATVs and side-by-sides in off-road racing series in the U.S. and Canada in 2012.
“I’m very excited to see the start a new season and feel very confident that our riders and teams will be very well prepared to do battle aboard their Can-Am machines, including an AMA No. 1 plate on John Natalie’s DS 450,” said Jimmie O’Dell, Race Manager, Can-Am. “Overall, I feel we have assembled a race team with talented, determined and dedicated pilots and team personnel; I’m proud to have them competing aboard our Can-Am products.”
Team Motoworks / Can-Am
Team Motoworks / Can-Am and owner Johnny Leach begin their defense of the AMA ATV Motocross title with the Can-Am DS 450, offering factory support for reigning AMA ATV Pro Champion John Natalie. The 2011 Pro Rookie of the Year Joel Hetrick, who finished fifth overall and had won two overalls, was also added for the 2012 season.
Motoworks / Can-Am will also support Can-Am Grand National Cross Country XC1 Pro class racer Chris Bithell, who finished fourth in 2011 and is looking for his first GNCC ATV championship. This will be Bithell’s fourth season racing under the Can-Am banner and first with Motoworks / Can-Am. Kyle Chaney will compete in all the GNCC side-by-side vehicle races for Team Motoworks / Can-Am. He will pilot the Commander 1000 X in the UTV XC1 Modified class.
In the World Off-Road Championship Series (WORCS), former champion and 2011 Pro class runner-up Josh Frederick looks to regain the No. 1 plate on his DS 450 in the ATV Pro class. He finished two points behind teammate and 2011 WORCS ATV Champion Jeremie Warnia, who will compete solely in Europe in 2012. Frederick will also expand his role with Motoworks / Can-Am by competing in a Commander side-by-side vehicle in UTV Class 1 at WORCS and also the UTV Pro class at selected races in both the Best in the Desert and SCORE series. Fellow Motoworks / Can-Am Pro class racer Dillon Zimmerman, who was sixth last year in the Pro class, will also compete full-time aboard the DS 450 in the WORCS series.
Team BCS Performance / Can-Am
Headlining Team BCS Performance / Can-Am is 2011 New England ATV Motocross Pro class runner-up Josh Creamer. The former AMA ATV MX Champion will compete aboard a Can-Am DS 450 in both the NEATV-MX series and at select AMA ATV Motocross series events. Creamer, who won five NEATV-MX Pro class events in 2011 and had the points lead going into the final race, finished just 15 points out of first place.
Team Gorilla Axle
BRP will once again support the Gorilla Axle Mud-Racing team this year. Racing the Can-Am Outlander 800R X mr, Renegade 800R ATVs and Commander 1000 side-by-side, the team will attend selected mud races and represent BRP.
Team UXC / Can-Am
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