Motworks Can-Am DS 450 Pro John Natalie Wins 2012 AMA ATV MX Final At Loretta’s

Hetrick Earns Second Overall At Loretta’s Aboard Can-Am DS 450

Valcourt, Québec, August 15, 2012Can-Am® DS 450™ ATV Pro class racer John Natalie won the final round of the 2012 AMA ATV Motocross Championship series held at Loretta Lynn’s Motocross track in Hurricane Mills, Tenn. Natalie was joined on the podium by his Motoworks / Can-Am teammate Joel Hetrick, who finished second overall. Fellow Can-Am pro Josh Creamer finished fourth in the Pro class in Tennessee.


(L-R) Motoworks / Can-Am DS 450 Pro Joel Hetrick finished second and his teammate John Natalie won the AMA ATV MX Pro class at the 2012 Loretta Lynn's finale.

“I was pleased with the outstanding effort put in by John Natalie and Joel Hetrick here in Tennessee. Having them go 1-2, and also seeing Josh Creamer finish fourth, at the final round was awesome. Unfortunately, we came up a little short in our attempt to repeat as champions, but finishing second and third overall in the AMA ATV MX Championship points for 2012 is also something to be very proud of,” said Jimmie O’Dell, Race Manager, Can-Am. “We also had four AMA ATV MX National Championship amateur titles this season aboard Can-Am machines, as Travis Spader won three titles and Ries Parvin earned another.”



John Natalie piloted his Can-Am DS 450 to victory at the AMA ATV MX series finale held at Loretta Lynn's in Tennessee.

The first moto belonged to Hetrick, who also earned the weekend’s Fastest Qualifier award, came out of the gate in second and quickly passed for the lead. Hetrick continued to pour it on and ended up winning moto one by more than 13 seconds. His Motoworks / Can-Am teammate Natalie started the race in fifth, but was stuck in a heated battle for the rest of the moto. He eventually worked his way into fourth place before the checkers flew. Creamer (BCS Performance / Can-Am) was in the same clump of racers as Natalie in moto one, but unfortunately his ATV had a loose electrical connection and sputtered a few times, slowing his push. He dropped back from Natalie and ended the moto in sixth.



Joel Hetrick, who took home the Fastest Qualifier award, finished second at Loretta Lynn's at round 10 of the AMA ATV MX series.

Moto two started out average for Natalie, as he came off the line in seventh. However, by the end of lap one, he had moved into the top three. One lap later, Natalie had picked off another racer and set his sights on the leader, Creamer. Natalie powered around the outside of Creamer in a wide right-hand sweeping corner to take over the lead. From there, the 2011 AMA ATV MX Champion didn’t let up as he went on to win the moto. His 4-1 finish outpaced Hetrick’s 1-5 scores, and earned Natalie his third overall win of 2012. His victory secured second place in the overall points championship with 428 points.

“This was the first time I have won an overall at Loretta Lynn’s,” said Natalie, “and this was really special for me; almost like winning a championship. I have to thank everyone at Can-Am, Motoworks, and my mechanic Casey Greek. We had a good season. We didn’t have a DNF and we were on the box every round but one.”


John Natalie won Loretta Lynn's MX for the first time in his career in 2012, capping a season that saw him finish second overall in the AMA ATV MX Pro class.

Hetrick ended his second professional season in third place in the Pro class points standings with 382 points. Creamer, who raced the final three rounds of the AMA series, earned one podium and two top-five finishes, including fourth at Loretta’s.

“This was a great year and I am really happy to be up on the box as much as I was and I finished in the top three at the end. That’s what I was aiming for. Next year I will be going for the championship,” said Hetrick.


Josh Creamer, the current 2012 NEATV-MX Pro and Pro-Am class points leader, finished fourth at Loretta's on his BCS Performance-tuned Can-Am DS 450.


In the amateur ranks, Can-Am-mounted racers won four titles and had several others end up in the final top-three of their class. Travis Spader wrapped up a total of three national championship titles this season aboard his BCS Performance-prepared Can-Am DS 450. Spader won the Junior 25 Plus, Veteran 30+ and Open A class championships. Also, Ries Parvin had a successful weekend at Loretta’s and he notched an overall win in the 450 B class and finished second overall in the Open B class. The latter finish helped the young Ohio racer earn the Open B national championship aboard his Can-Am.


Travis Spader won a total of three class championships aboard his Can-Am DS 450 in 2012.

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  1. Antonio Madrazo

    AWESOME!!! Can Am ROCKS!!!

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