Motoworks Can-AM DS 450 Pro John Natalie Wins
AMA ATV MX National Night Race in Kentucky
Valcourt, Québec, June 6, 2012 – John Natalie
notched his first overall win of the 2012 AMA
ATV Motocross National Championship Series under
the lights at Ballance Moto X in Oakland, Ky.
Natalie, the defending AMA ATV MX Champion, won
Pro both motos on his factory Motoworks /
Can-Am® DS 450™ and climbed to within 15 points
of first place in series points. DS 450 pro Joel
Hetrick recorded a solid third-place finish to
join his teammate on the Pro class podium.
John Natalie and Joel Hetrick
“The Motoworks / Can-Am team had a great weekend
at round five of the AMA ATV MX National Series
in Kentucky. Our Can-Am pro racers had a
tremendous Saturday night, dominating the second
moto and earning first and third overall. John
Natalie rode brilliantly on his Can-Am DS 450
and truly earned the top spot on the podium with
a history-making win at the first-ever night
race for AMA series. He was in true championship
form,” stated Jimmie O’Dell, Race Manager,
Can-Am. “Fellow Motoworks / Can-Am DS 450 racer
Joel Hetrick earned third overall to maintain
his third-place position in the standings.
Can-Am amateur class racers also won a total of
six classes aboard the DS 450 in Kentucky.”
The Kentucky race marked the first time in
the history of the AMA ATV MX series that the
races would be held at night under the lights.
Past Grand National Championship TT races have
been held under the lights, but never a
motocross event. Motoworks / Can-Am pilot John
Natalie excelled aboard his DS 450 during the
evening racing at Ballance Moto X. After posting
the fastest qualifying time, he came out of the
first-moto gate in second place. He quickly
passed for the lead and then fought off one
challenger before notching his first moto
victory of 2012. He followed up that win by
earning the moto two holeshot and, after being
pressured by his teammate Hetrick, leading the
entire race for a 1-1 moto sweep.
had a great weekend. I had a great night and I
am really happy to take the win here. This was
really a unique race for us and is one for the
history books and I am glad to put Can-Am on top
of the podium for it,” said Natalie.
Hetrick, who earned third overall with his 4-2
moto finishes, ended the second moto just two
seconds behind Natalie as the Motoworks / Can-Am
tandem dominated moto two. The Pro class podium
in Kentucky was Hetrick’s fourth trip to the box
in five rounds, including one overall victory.
He now securely sits in third place in the Pro
class standings after five rounds of racing.
“Moto two went well for me. I followed John
off the start and just rode a good race,” said
Hetrick. “It was a little different racing at
night, but I didn’t have any problems.”
Can-Am X-Team member and DS 450 racer Merrill
Crose won three of the four classes he entered,
including the Open A, Vet 30+ and Junior 25+
classes. Amateur class racers Travis Spader
(4-Stroke A), Chase Henry (College 16-24) and
C.J. Dollarhide (4-Stroke B) also earned class
victories aboard the Can-Am DS 450.
For more information on Can-Am racing, the
entire 2012 schedule, the ’12 contingency
program and DS 450 amateur racer support
program, please visit
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