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Rock Maple Racing
Larochelle claims Pro Open final at Twister Valley for Can-Am RMR Series
Presented by the New England Dodge Dealers

FORT PLAIN, NY (June 11, 2007) - Canadian racer Dave Larochelle blasted his way to top honors in the Pro division Sunday afternoon, as Rock Maple Racing (RMR) completed Round 1 of the 10-race 2007 Can-Am Series for ATVs at the Twister Valley Sports Complex.

Unlike the poor weather conditions that have plagued New England this spring, bright sun and summer-like temperatures greeted teams and officials as they prepared for competition. Another bonus was a well-prepared track, thanks to the good folks at Twister Valley.

Larochelle, of St. Prosper, QC, piloted his Suzuki to victory in the Can-Am Pro Open final, holding off Massachusetts-based Honda riders James Handy and John Stauskelis. Fans roared in approval as these highly-modified 450cc machines rocketed around the challenging track at Twister Valley.

James Stowell, of Canajoharie, NY, gave the Honda riders redemption as he notched a victory in the Pro Am Open final. Stowell out-gunned Vermont rider Mike Wood and fellow New Yorker Freddy Kiefer to earn the winner's trophy. Wood also found redemption with a convincing victory in the A Unlimited final. Local favorite Jason Whiteman of Fort Plain followed Wood across the line in second, while New Hampshire-based Brian Daigle was third.

New York riders were back on top in B Unlimited action, as Corey Hunter held off Jason Rayder and Nick Reynolds for top honors. This class offered true parity among manufacturers, as Yamaha, Suzuki, Kawasaki and Honda placed first through fourth. Reynolds did not return to Dracut, MA, empty-handed, however, as he posted a win in the B 91-450cc final.

One of RMR's West series snocross regulars picked up a win Sunday in the C Unlimited class. Young A.J. Bogino, of Webster, NY, rode his Honda to victory over Craig Synenki and David Dillabough. Bogino is a multi-time race winner in snocross competition and proved on Sunday he has the skills aboard an ATV, as well.

In Plus 25 action Sunday, Neal Moser out-dueled Steffan Dager and Glynn Desilva for the victory. Tom Yost gave Yamaha fans reason to smile as he claimed the Plus 35 final, with Dave Stoquert and George Layton second and third respectively. Andrew Ruel, of Enfield, NH, returns to RMR competition this season after a strong campaign in last fall's inaugural series. Ruel claimed a victory in the Production Lites final over snocross veteran Michaela Lemieux.

Other MX class winners Sunday at Twister Valley include Cody Lyndaker (0-90cc Unlimited); Alex Parker (0-90cc Modified); Jordan Storrs (0-90cc Limited); Ethan Pearson (0-70cc Modified and 0-50cc Senior); and CJ Clookey (0-50cc Junior). In QuadTerrain action Sunday, national snowmobile grass drag champion Chris Anderson claimed the Open final, while Scott Rood (Terrain 500) and Alex Layn (Terrain 700) also posted wins. Congratulations to all of Sunday’s proud winners in Round 1 of our 2007 racing season.

RMR would like to thank Fred and Linda Mang of Twister Valley for making Round 1 of the Can-Am series a resounding success. Among all the different race sites in the northeast, Twister Valley is one of the finest. RMR would also like to thank Can-Am ATVs by BRP and the New England Dodge Dealers for supporting this series.

Rock Maple Racing is the eastern affiliate of the World Powersports Association (WPSA), the national sanctioning body for ATV racing. For more information, please visit our Web site at www.rockmaple.com.


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