Motoworks / Can-Am DS 450 ATV Pros Win Budds Creek AMA ATV MX National, BITD Silver State 300

Commander 1000 X Earns Third in BITD UTV Pro Class
Valcourt, Québec, May 8, 2012 – Joel Hetrick won round three of the 2012 AMA ATV Motocross Championship series held at Budds Creek Raceway in Maryland. The Motoworks / Can-Am® DS 450™ pro racer was joined on the podium by teammate John Natalie, who took third. In the Best in the Desert (BITD) Silver State 300 in Nevada, Josh Frederick and Collins Webster teamed up to win the ATV Pro class aboard their Motoworks-backed Can-Am DS 450. Also in Nevada, Team Desert Toyz / Can-Am piloted its Commander® 1000 X™ to a third-place finish in the UTV Pro class at the BITD event.

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(From left) Joel Hetrick notched his first win aboard his Can-Am DS 450 and was joined by teammate John Natalie on the AMA ATV MX podium at Budds Creek

“We are thrilled to have both our Motoworks / Can-Am DS 450 racers Joel Hetrick and John Natalie reach the AMA Pro class podium. While Joel didn’t win either moto, he was the most consistent pro racer with two second-place rides, and earned the overall in only his third race aboard the Can-Am DS 450. Natalie’s moto-two victory was also another bright spot for our team and helped him secure third overall,” stated Jimmie O’Dell, Race Manager, Can-Am. “I’m also pleased with our Best in the Desert series success. Having our Motoworks / Can-Am team of Josh Frederick and Collins Webster win the ATV Pro class and Cory Sappington’s Desert Toyz / Can-Am X-Team Commander 1000 X finish on the UTV Pro class podium is really a great accomplishment.” 

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Joel Hetrick went 2-2 in the Pro class motos to win the overall at round three at Budds Creek Raceway in Maryland.

AMA ATV MX – Budds Creek

The first Pro class moto saw two different results for Motoworks / Can-Am DS 450 teammates Hetrick and Natalie. Hetrick, who finished second overall in moto one, posted the fastest lap during his pursuit of the race leader. Natalie came out of the gate in fifth was looking good before he briefly got stuck atop a berm after carrying too much speed into a corner. Natalie’s bobble dropped him to 13th and forced him to play catch up the remainder of the moto. The defending Pro class champion put in a valiant effort, passing seven riders on his way to sixth place in moto one.

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Joel Hetrick is currently in fourth place in the AMA ATV MX Pro class point standings after three rounds of racing in 2012.

Moto two started with Natalie in fifth and Hetrick tucked behind his teammate in sixth. As the race wore on, both riders continued to move up. Natalie quickly passed his way into second and then eventually took over the lead. Once out front, he set the pace and took what turned out to be a very popular moto-two victory with the fans. His 6-1 finishes were good for third overall and helped Natalie maintain his second-place spot in the Pro class standings. Hetrick put in another solid race, finishing second again in moto two. His 2-2 moto scores gave him the Pro class overall and his first win aboard the No. 88 Motoworks / Can-Am DS 450. He’s currently fourth in the Pro class points race.

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John Natalie (Motoworks / Can-Am DS 450 pro) won moto two, posting 6-1 moto scores, to finish third overall at Budds Creek.

“The track was gnarly. After I got into the second spot, I knew I had the overall win, so I settled down a bit. I’m really excited to get my first win of the season, especially at Budd’s Creek because it isn’t really my [kind of] track. I really have to thank Can-Am and Motoworks for helping me take the win today,” said Hetrick.

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Can-Am X-Team member Chase Henry won the Production A class and took third in his Pro-Am class in Maryland.

Can-Am X-Team Pro-Am racer Chase Henry had a good weekend in Maryland, as he won the Production A class overall and also finished a career-best third overall in the Pro-Am Unlimited class. In the AMA amateur class ranks, Can-Am DS 450 racer and former GNC Pro class Champion Travis Spader dominated all four classes (Open A, 4-Stroke A, Junior 25+, Vet 30+) he entered.

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Travis "Doc" Spader continues to impress on his Can-Am DS 450. The former Pro class Grand National Champion won four amateur classes in Maryland.

BITD Silver State 300

The Best in the Desert Silver State 300 was a 298-mile point-to-point affair that took riders to varying elevations through Nevada’s high-desert terrain that were marked with Joshua trees and cacti, steep cliffs, whoops and several high-speed sections. The Motoworks / Can-Am ATV duo of Frederick and Webster were the last Pro ATV team to start the race. Webster filled in for teammate Dillon Zimmerman, who was absent to compete in Italy.

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Collins Webster (far left) and Josh Frederick (orange gear) won the BITD Silver State 300 Pro ATV class on their Motoworks-backed Can-Am DS 450.

Starting three minutes behind the first team, Frederick was first up and rode to mile marker 72 before passing off to Webster. By the 175-mile mark of the race, Webster was only 26 seconds behind the leaders with adjusted time. Frederick took over for the final portion of the race. Although he did not take over the physical lead, Frederick, with the time adjustment due to the staggered start, took the Pro ATV class win with a time of 5:56.54.

“I gave as much abuse to the DS 450 as I possibly could this weekend and it just took everything I gave it. There were these super-fast sections where you were going full throttle for at least a half an hour and the quad never faltered in anyway,” said Frederick.

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Collins Webster, who was filling in for teammate Dillon ZImmerman, helped the Motoworks / Can-Am team win the Silver State 300.

In side-by-side class action at the Silver State 300, Sappington and co-driver Jim Sharp (No.1904 Desert Toyz / Can-Am Commander 1000 X) finished with a time of 7:06:38.848 to finish third on the UTV Pro class podium. The third-place finish marked back-to-back podium finishes for Sappington’s squad. The Murray Motorsports / Can-Am Commander 1000 X followed up its Mint 400 victory with fourth overall in the Pro class at this round. The top-five finish maintained co-pilots Jason and Derek Murray’s BITD series UTV Pro class points lead. Sappington’s team is now second in points with three rounds remaining.

“Making the switch to the Can-Am Commander this year was the best thing we could have ever done. It is a night-and-day difference in handling and power compared to our old side-by-side,” said Sappington. “I can’t thank Can-Am enough for giving us the opportunity to race the Commander and I am going to do everything I can to put it on the podium in the Vegas-to-Reno race.”

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Cory Sappington and his co-driver Jim Sharp piloted their Desert Toyz / Can-Am Commander 1000 X to third overall in the UTV Pro class in BITD Silver State 300.

For more information on Can-Am racing, the entire 2012 schedule, the ’12 contingency program and DS 450 amateur racer support program, please visit www.can-amxteam.com.

 

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