BCS Performance / Can-Am DS 450 Pro Josh Creamer recently competed in the 35th Annual Monster Energy Supermotocross in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, earning the third spot on the ATV Pro podium. Roughly 40,000 fans populated Montreal’s Olympic Stadium to watch some of North America’s top ATV and side-by-side racers battle for podium glory.
The start proved to be everything on the tight, technical track. Creamer got off to a good start aboard his Can-Am DS 450 and positioned himself near the front as the pack at the first turn. Creamer battled with another racer for second place the entire final moto. In fact, Creamer made a pass into second place on a tricky step-on / step-off section before a big triple jump. Creamer soldiered on through the lapped traffic and a continually deteriorating track while at the same time holding off the third-place racer’s attempts to pass. However, near the end of the race, Creamer fell back one spot after being passed in the same section he utilized earlier in the race. Creamer, the 2012 New England ATV Motocross Pro and Pro-Am Champion, had to settle for third.
“The race went really well. The qualifier wasn’t so great; I was kind of sleeping on the gate, but I made smart passes and got to the main,” said Creamer. “My BCS Performance / Can-Am DS 450 worked really well. A big thanks to BCS for making this possible.”
Motoworks / Can-Am DS 450 racer John “Ironman” Natalie also competed in Montreal. After winning his heat race, Natalie was amped up to compete in the main event. However, he lost his chance at challenging for a podium spot when he and another rider tangled in the second turn. The slight delay forced the former AMA ATV MX champion to play catch up the entire race. Natalie put in an impressive ride and passed several riders, including one in the whoops section, on his way to a fourth-place finish.
“The tops guy’s times were so close all race. It was a great race,” said Natalie.
Other Can-Am DS 450 racers who competed in Montreal were Richard Pelchat and Cody Miller. Pelchat, A QC racer who was competing in his last Pro ATV race before retirement, took fifth aboard his Can-Am. American Cody Miller made the long journey from Texas to Montreal. He finished seventh aboard his Louis Powersports-tuned Can-Am DS 450.
The course design for the side-by-side portion of the event was very technical and challenging with huge supercross-style jumps, unlike last year’s course. Motoworks/Can-Am racer Josh Frederick made the journey to Montreal, but was saddled with a DNF.
Frederick started on row two for the main and quickly took advantage of a first-turn pile up that slowed many from the front row. During the race, another driver plowed into the rear end of Frederick’s Commander 1000 X, but he kept charging along. Eventually the proven World Off-Road Championship Series (WORCS) racer had to pull off the track because of a mechanical failure, which was the result of the earlier rear-end collision.
“It was amazing; all the people in the side-by-side class were really fast and tough. I was really excited [to be in the main]. The Commander was working awesome; [it] corned better than ever before,” said Frederick.
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