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Can-Am ATVs Sweep Weekend Races

Can-Am X-Team racers had a wild weekend of racing in both New York and California. At the Unadilla GNCC race near New Berlin, N.Y., Team Warnert Racing / Can-Am rider Chris Bithell held off eight-time GNCC champion, Bill Balance, to take the afternoon overall championship. Bithell got a less-than-ideal start off the line and was dead last when the other 20 pro racers headed into the woods. By the third lap, he took the lead by making up ample time on the motocross portion of the rugged course and powered his way to the win. His DS 450 worked strong for the entire two-hour race helping him take the checkered flag. This marks the first XC1 Pro-class win for the DS 450 and capped off an astonishing day of GNCC racing.

It was astonishing because in the morning session, X-Team racer Bryan Buckhannon (already crowned the 4x4 Open class champion for 2008) rode his Outlander 800 to the overall win in front of almost 250 other racers. This is only the second time in GNCC racing history that a utility machine took an overall win. When was the last time? At the 2008 Snowshoe GNCC when it was a three-place overall sweep for the Outlander. This also is the only time a manufacturer other than Yamaha has completed the morning and afternoon overall sweep. A big congratulation goes out to the racers and teams for breaking Yamaha's grip on this stat!

Out west, it was also the DS 450 that was shining. Team Motoworks / Can-Am had plenty to celebrate as its riders had a great weekend of racing. Josh Frederick piloted his DS 450 to the Honey Lake WORCS win near Milford, Calif. In the process, Frederick secured enough points to earn the 2008 WORCS Pro-class championship! What an accomplishment for the DS 450 in its first full season of WORCS competition. His teammate, Brandon Smith, was second in the race behind Frederick. Dillon Zimmerman, also of Team Motoworks, took first in the Pro-Am class, too.

"This has easily been the most successful weekend of racing our Can-Am X-Team has ever had," said Del Bohlman, Product, Media Relation and Racing Manager for Can-Am ATVs at BRP. "To date we have at least six championships on Can-Am ATVs and we are working on more. The wins at the Unadilla GNCC and at the Honey Lake WORCS race were a special part of this successful weekend."


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