CAN-AM ATV AND COMMANDER SIDE-BY-SIDE RACERS POST VICTORIES AT THE JOHN PENTON GNCC
Québec, July 11, 2012 – Team Travalena won the
XC2 UTV class in its Can-Am® Commander™ 1000 X® and Motoworks / Can-Am
Commander racer Kyle Chaney finished a close second in the XC1 UTV class at
round nine of the 2012 Can-Am Grand National Cross Country (GNCC) series held
in Millfield, Ohio. Can-Am 4x4 ATV racers Bryan Buchannon (4x4 Open), Clifton
Beasley (U2), Kevin Trantham (4x4 Lites) and Forest Whorton (4x4 Senior) also
won their class at The John Penton GNCC race.
“All of our the riders
and teams fought hard and overcame the excessive heat in Ohio. Motoworks /
Can-Am Commander 1000 X driver Kyle Chaney led most of the XC1 UTV race. Unfortunately,
a lapped racer caused Chaney to crash on the final lap. Thankfully, he
recovered to finish a very close second and reach the class podium,” said
Jimmie O’Dell, Race Manager, Can-Am. “Team Travalena also had great ride, winning
the XC2 UTV class. I was proud of the way all our guys raced in the brutally
humid conditions, especially our Can-Am 4x4 racers, who earned four class
In side-by-side racing action, pilot Kyle
Chaney put his Motoworks-backed Can-Am Commander in the top five at the start
of the XC1 UTV class race. By the second lap, he grabbed the lead and held it
until the final loop. While overtaking a lapped vehicle, Chaney lost control of
his vehicle and lost the lead. The team recovered quickly and ended up with a
hard-fought second-place finish. In the UTV XC2 class, Team Travelena worked
its way up from a top five start and took the class win by over 30 seconds. The
team's impressive charge in their Commander 1000 X also allowed them to finish
in ninth overall for the day.
In the XC1 Pro class, Motoworks / Can-Am DS
450 racer Chris Bithell made a great come-from-behind ride to claim a top five
finish. A roosted rock thrown by another ATV at the start of the XC1 class,
derailed the chain on Bithell’s ATV and put him 40-seconds behind the race
leaders. However, by lap two, Bithell had moved into fourth place. He ended the
day in fifth place.
Defending 4x4 Open class champion and current
points leader Bryan Buckhannon and Michael Swift again had a fantastic duel
aboard their Can-Am Outlander™ 800R ATVs. Buckhannon came off the starting line
in third, while Swift got hung up with another racer. However, by the midpoint
of the lap two, Swift had caught Buckhannon and the two diced for the lead for
the next couple laps. Buckhannon eventually found some breathing room and
notched his seventh overall of the year, while Swift took second.
“I had a good race but the heat got to me
after it was all over, so I am just really glad everything went well,” said
Buckhannon, who also competed in the UTV racing in Ohio. “I’m going to be doing
a few local races over the break and doing some fine tuning on my Commander, so
when we come back I can hopefully be on the podium.”
Kevin Trantham led the 4x4 Lites class from
start to finish aboard is 2012 Outlander 500, winning by more than 13 minutes. He
also finished second overall for the morning race. UXC Racing / Can-Am
Renegade® racer Cliff Beasley got back to his winning ways in the U2 class
after missing the podium at the previous round. Beasley finished with a time of
01:40:08, putting him in third overall for the morning classes. Defending 4x4
Senior class champion, Forrest Whorton notched another win aboard his Outlander
800R. After losing his ignition key on the starting line and starting more than
three minutes behind the rest of his class, Whorton put in an incredible ride
on his way to victory.
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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