Published on August 29th, 2013 | by Joe0
CAN-AM DS 450 ATV MX Racers End Successful Season at Loretta’S
Creamer Third Overall in Pro Class; Higgerson Second Overall in Pro-Am
Valcourt, Québec, August 16, 2013 – Can-Am® DS 450™ ATV racers went 1-2 in the Pro-Am class at the 2013 AMA Mtn. Dew ATV Motocross National Championship series finals in Tennessee. In the ATV Pro class, BCS Performance / Can-Am racer Josh Creamer finished fourth overall to secure the third place Pro class points position for 2013. Can-Am X-Team member Nick Gennusa won the Open A class national championship. Can-Am ATV and side-by-side racers also competed at round seven of the 2013 World Off-Road Championship Series in Southern California.
“Overall, it was a good season for Can-Am and our racing partners. Josh Creamer battled all year and ended up with a very respectable third place overall finish in the Pro class. The way Ronnie Higgerson and Jeffrey Rastrelli pushed themselves at the finals, finishing 1-2 in the Pro-Am class, was also inspiring,” said Jimmie O’Dell, Race Manager, Can-Am. “Higgerson wrapped up his season with second place in the Pro-Am class. We also had Nick Gennusa win the Open A championship and score a fourth overall in the Pro-Am class.”
AMA ATV MX – Finals
The 10-race AMA Mtn. Dew ATV MX series concluded August, 9-11, with the Loretta Lynn’s ATV Dirt Days event in Hurricane Mills, Tenn. Can-Am DS 450 ATV racers won four classes and earned nine class podiums.
In the Pro class, 2010 champion Josh Creamer, who earned the ATVriders.com Fastest Qualifier award, raced to a 5-4 moto scorecard to secure third overall for the 2013 racing season. Creamer’s third place overall finish in the Pro ranks was highlighted by three podium finishes, nine top-five finishes and three separate moto victories.
“I got the fastest qualifier and pulled the second-moto holeshot. The BCS / Can-Am with ITP tires was a great combination,” said Creamer. “Jay and Jimbo put together a great motor. I can’t thank them enough for all the hard work. For a first-year team, we did outstanding!”
Pro rookie Jeffrey Rastrelli (JB Racing / Can-Am) tallied a career-best sixth overall at Loretta’s. He had eight top-10 finishes and was seventh or better in four of the last five rounds to earn eighth place overall.
Can-Am DS 450 racer Ronnie Higgerson (BCS Performance) won the Pro-Am class at round 10. His 2-2 scorecard topped Rastrelli’s 1-3 score and also gave Higgerson second overall in the Pro-Am class point standings. With Nick Gennusa’s sixth-place finish in the Pro-Am class, the 1-2-6 finish was the best-ever Pro-Am finish for Can-Am. For 2013, Gennusa captured the Open A class championship with second at Loretta’s and was fourth overall in the Pro-Am class standings.
Former GNC Champion Travis Spader won both the Veteran 30+ and the Senior 40+ classes with 1-1 moto finishes at Loretta’s. This year, he posted 11 wins and 12 total podiums in both classes combined, but only attended six rounds and didn’t have enough points to win the titles. Mathew Coad won the 450 B class at the finale, to finish runner-up in the class for 2013. Zach Harris (3rd, Open A), Michael Troiano (3rd, 4-Stroke A) and Merrill Crose (2nd, Veteran 30+) also earned podiums at Loretta’s riding Can-Am DS 450 ATVs.
WORCS – Round Seven
Glen Helen Raceway in Devore, Calif., hosted round seven of WORCS. Can-Am ATV and side-by-side racers competed in both Pro classes and earned two podiums. Team IMG / Can-Am pilot John Pacheco drove his Can-Am Maverick 1000R X rs to third overall on the SxS Pro Production class podium. Team Motoworks / Can-Am driver Gilbert Flores stayed on the lead lap and finished seventh overall. Dave Martinez, Pablo Veglia and Kyle Chaney finished ninth, 11th and 13th, respectively. In the ATV Pro class, Team GPS / Can-Am racer Dilon Zimmerman earned fifth place and teammate Collins Webster took seventh. Mike Hrubetz was second in the Senior B/C class.
For more information on Can-Am racing, the 2013 schedule, the ’13 contingency program and Can-Am DS 450 ATV amateur racer support program, visit www.can-amxteam.com.
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