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BRP ANNOUNCES 2013 CAN-AM ATV AND SIDE-BY-SIDE RACING TEAM

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Valcourt, Québec, January 11, 2013 – BRP has stepped up its off-road racing efforts for 2013 after another successful campaign that saw Can-Am racers capture championships across North America, including the SCORE Baja 1000 in Mexico, the 12 Hours of La Tuque in Quebec as well as numerous national championship class titles in the U.S. For the upcoming season, BRP has signed new racers, added more racing circuits and expanded its side-by-side vehicle racing support to include the all-new Can-Am Maverick™1000R.       

“We have a dedicated and talented group of racers and teams competing under the Can-Am banner for the 2013 racing season. I’m thrilled to have the all-new Can-Am Maverick 1000R in the mix and to have some of our experienced racers pilot the industry’s most invigorating side-by-side vehicle,” said Jimmie O’Dell, Race Manager, Can-Am. “We will compete on Can-Am ATV and side-by-side vehicles across the U.S. and Canada and we’re are fully determined to compete for championships in every racing series we enter.”

Team Motoworks / Can-Am

Josh Frederick is the sole representative of the Team Motoworks / Can-Am team in 2013. The 2012 SCORE Pro ATV class champion and 2012 WORCS series Pro ATV class runner-up will compete aboard the Can-Am DS450™ in the Pro ATV ranks in the World Off-Road Championship Series (WORCS). Frederick will also be behind the wheel of the Can-Am Maverick 1000R X rs side-by-side in SxS Pro Production (Class 1) in WORCS, the UTV Pro class in all the Best In The Desert, SCORE and King Of The Hammers circuits.

Josh Frederick

Team BCS Performance / Can-Am

Headlining Team BCS Performance / Can-Am is 2012 New England ATV Motocross (NEATV-MX) Pro and Pro-Am class champion Josh Creamer. The former AMA ATV MX champion, who won every NEATV-MX Pro class round last year, will make a full-schedule return to the AMA series competing on a BCS Peformance-supported Can-Am DS 450. Creamer will also compete at select NEATV-MX rounds.

Josh Creamer

Nick Gennusa, the 2012 ATVA MX Rider of the Year, will also campaign under the BCS Performance banner on a Can-Am DS450 in the AMA ATV Pro-Am classes as a Can-Am X-Team member. Gennusa, of Wall Township, N.J., won three A class titles (450A, Production A, 4-Stroke A).

Team JB Off Road / Can-Am

Team JB Off Road, a division of JB Racing, and owner Jody Bateman will support a host of Can-Am racers in the 2013 Can-Am Grand National Cross Country (GNCC) series. Jarrod McClure, a veteran ATV racer who contributed to the Motoworks / Can-Am team’s 2012 Baja 1000 Class 25 overall victory, will compete on the DS450 ATV in the XC1 Pro 450 class. Also gaining JB Racing support in the GNCC series is Kyle Chaney, who finished sixth a year ago in the XC1 class, and multi-time ATV racing champion Tim Farr, who will join Chaney as a Can-Am Maverick 1000R driver. Another rider with a new opportunity for 2013 is Sam Williams. Williams will compete in the 4×4 Open class as an X-Team rider supported by JB Off Road aboard an Outlander 800R. Williams will also assist JB Off Road by turning wrenches on the team’s Can-Am Maverick vehicles throughout the season.

Team UXC / Can-Am

GNCC racer Michael Swift will make the switch from the 4×4 Open class to the U2 class this year and represent Team UXC Racing / Can-Am. Swift, who finished runner-up in the 4×4 Open class aboard an Outlander ATV, will now be riding a Can-Am Renegade 800R X xc in the morning session of the GNCC series. He’s essentially taking over for six-time GNCC utility class champion Cliff Beasley, who retired at the end of the 2012 season.

Team Del Amo Motorsports / Murray Motorsports / Can-Am

Best In The Desert series runners-up finishers and brothers, Derek andJason Murray of Murray Motorsports have partnered with Del Amo Motorsports to form a powerhouse team to compete with Maverick 1000R X rs side-by-side machines in the Best In The Desert, SCORE and the King Of The Hammers desert series. The Team Del Amo Motorsports/Murray Motorsports / Can-Am team will also have driver Pablo Veglia as part of the squad and will join the Murrays driving in the SxS Pro Production (Class 1) ranks at WORCS events and selected desert series events.

Jason and Derek Murray

X-Team

In addition to its fully factory partnerships, BRP also offers amateur ATV and side-by-side vehicle racers the ability to compete with factory Can-Am X-Team support. In the 2013 Can-Am GNCC series, defending 4×4 Open class champion Bryan Buckhannon returns as a Can-Am X-Team member. Buckhannon won nine class overalls in 2012 on his way to capturing the title for a fifth time. X-Team member and 2012 4×4 Lites class champion Kevin Trantham will return aboard a Can-Am Outlander in 2013. Team Hendershot Racing will compete for the Can-Am X-Team in the XC1 (SxS Modified) class with the new Maverick 1000R side-by-side vehicle. Mike Penland will pilot the Maverick in XC2 SxS Limited action.

Bryan Buckhannon

Other Can-Am X-Team members who will pilot the Can-Am Maverick 1000R side-by-side vehicle are Also, Michael Lansky and Cory Sappington will represent the Can-Am X-Team inside Can-Am side-by-sides in the BITD, SCORE and KOH circuits.    

Can-Am DS 450 racers Keven Vachon, Bobby Desjardins, Mathieu Deroy and brothers Anthony and Eli Deroches will all represent the Can-Am X-Team in the Courses VTT / Quadcross series in Quebec, Canada. Piloting the Maverick 1000R side-by-side vehicle in the SSV Pro class in same series for the Can-Am X-Team is Charles Villeneuve. Pro class racer Charles Laviolette will represent the Can-Am X-Team in the Federation des Motocyclistes de Sentiers du Quebec (FMSQ) riding a DS 450 ATV. 

Several other DS 450 racers will compete for the Can-Am X-Team in 2013. The list includes Collins Webster (WORCS Pro ATV), Dillon Zimmerman (WORCS Pro ATV) and Zach Harris in the Expert 450 in Iowa (District 22), Minnesota (District 23) and Illinois (District 17). AMA ATV MX Veteran Pro and Can-Am newcomer Nick DeNoble will compete in select AMA ATV MX National events and Wisconsin (District 16) races aboard a DS 450 ATV. Finally, brothers Hunter and Cody Miller will race for the Can-Am X-Team in both the Texhoma Quad Racing Association (TQRA) and the Texas Off Road Nationals (TORN) series in both the ATV Pro and Expert ranks and in the UTV classes with the Maverick 1000R X rs.

Hunter and Cody Miller

In various ATV and side-by-side classes in the Championship Mud Racing (CMR) series, the Can-Am X-Team will be represented by these teams: Gorilla Mud Racing, Team NC Powersports, Team Anything Goes and racer Shane Dowden. For more information on Can-Am racing, the entire 2013 schedule, the ’13 contingency program and Can-Am DS 450 ATV amateur racer support program, please visit www.can-amxteam.com.       

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