Can-Am DS 450 Racers
Kick Off AMA ATV Motocross Series With Several
Valcourt, Québec, March 28, 2012 – Team
Motoworks / Can-Am® DS 450™ racer John Natalie
finished second in both Pro class motos to
finish second on the podium at the AMA ATV
Motocross Championship opener in Washington, Ga.
Teammate Joel Hetrick won the fastest qualifier
award at Aonia Pass MX aboard the DS 450 and
finished eighth overall. Can-Am racers also
wrapped up several amateur class wins during the
opening weekend of the 10-round AMA ATV MX
“John battled hard in both Pro class motos and
just narrowly missed taking the overall win in
the final lap of moto two. He remains steadfast
and determined in his title defense,” said
Jimmie O’Dell, Race Manager, Can-Am. “Joel
Hetrick was very impressive, earning the fastest
qualifying time in both Pro practices.
Unfortunately, his hopes for a weekend podium
were dashed after a first-moto crash occurred
while he was making a pass for the lead. Both
our racers were very strong and are determined
to be significant contenders for the Pro class
podium at every round this season.”
Natalie, who was the second fastest qualifier of
the day on his DS 450, was second off the start.
After falling back to fourth at one point,
Natalie buckled down and passed his way back
into the top three. He earned the second
position when his teammate, Hetrick, went off
the track while challenging for the lead.
Natalie drew close to the leader, but ran out of
time and had to settle for second in moto one.
Hetrick, who was unable to finish the first moto,
was credited with 14th.
Moto two again saw Natalie pull out of the gate
in second. He quickly took over the lead and was
followed by the moto one winner. Natalie held
the lead and fended off several pass attempts
for almost the entire moto. The race overall
came down to the final corner. Natalie lost the
lead and the race overall, but still ended up
second overall with his 2-2 finishes.
“It was really close at the end. I wanted to
start the season on the podium and I’m happy
about that,” said Natalie. “I have to thank
Can-Am, Motoworks and everyone who helped me get
to the podium today.”
Hetrick rebounded from his disappointing first
moto to earn fourth in moto two. His 14-4
combined finishes were good for eighth overall
in his Pro debut aboard the Can-Am DS 450.
“I really like the Can-Am. I felt good on it
today,” said Hetrick. “I was having a really
good first moto and took the lead, but we got
together right after that and I went off the
track. I was hoping to be on the podium, but I
rode really well and I’m happy I was able to
lead for a little while.”
Other Can-Am DS 450 racers to post class
victories were, Chase Henry (Production A),
Travis Spader (Veteran 30+ and 450 A), Merrill
Crose (25+A) and C.J. Dollarhide (4-Stroke B).
For more information on Can-Am racing, the
entire 2012 schedule, the ’12 contingency
program and amateur racer support program,
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