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Valcourt, Québec - Can-Am® 4x4 ATV racers swept all five 4x4 classes and placed two riders on the overall morning podium at round two of the 2013 AMSOIL Grand National Cross Country (GNCC) series in Washington, Ga. In the first round of side-by-side vehicle racing in Georgia, a total of 11 Can-Am Maverick™1000R racers competed with four Can-Am vehicles earning a podium finish in each of the four GNCC "UTV" classes.
"Having Can-Am ATV racers dominate their morning 4x4 classes and to see Kevin Trantham and Robert Smith on the morning podium was great. It was a good weekend in Georgia overall, as we had numerous podiums, including two for the new Can-Am Maverick 1000R in its GNCC side-by-side racing debut," said Jimmie O'Dell, Race Manager, Can-Am. "It was a close finish for Kyle Chaney and his Maverick 1000R X® rs in its first GNCC side-by-side event, as he narrowly missed taking the overall race win. This was a good debut for the Maverick and we fully expect to improve our results at round two in late April."
Trantham, the reigning 4x4 Lites class champion, took the holeshot and raced away to a victory aboard his new 2013 Can-Am Outlander 500. He won the class by more than seven minutes, earned the top spot on the 4x4 podium and also earned second on the overall morning podium. Rounding out the 4x4 Lites podium were Can-Am riders Andrew Langston and Scott Day.
"I got a good start and my Can-Am Outlander worked awesome," said Trantham. "It sure was good to have a good race today after a bad race in Florida."
Smith raced his Can-Am Renegade® to the U2 class win and third overall in the morning. It was Smith's second consecutive class win and trip to the overall morning podium. He was joined on the U2 class podium by fellow Renegade ATV racers Jordan Phillips and third-place racer Danny Jessee.
Bryan Buckhannon earned his second win in a row in the 4x4 Open class aboard his Can-Am Outlander™ 800R. Buckhannon, who was sixth overall in the morning, grabbed the early lead and went on to win by close to 50 seconds. Bo Jones and Sam Williams, were second and third, respectively. Other Can-Am ATV racers to notch class wins were 4x4 Senior (40+) racer Terry Whiteside and 4x4 Novice class racer Ryan Smith.
Chaney was the top finishing Can-Am Maverick 1000R pilot in the XC1 Modified class in Georgia. Chaney (JB Racing / Can-Am) started on line two and had to race against time to catch the leaders. Early in the race, Chaney was in the top three, but fell to sixth at the midpoint due to a large amount of lapped traffic. However, by lap five Chaney raced to the overall lead based on his adjusted time. However, lapped traffic continued to be a factor and pushed Chaney back to third place by lap seven. He finished the eighth-lap race in third place less than six seconds back from first.
"Can-Am got it right. The Maverick is the best side-by-side I've driven," said Chaney. "I am really picky about my machine and my team worked all night to get it the way I wanted it. I can't thank them enough."
In the XC2 Limited class, Can-Am racer Mike Penland put in his best ride in a side-by-side by earning second in the Maverick 1000R X rs. Two other Can-Am side-by-side teams earned podium spots in their class. Team Travalena took second in the XC3 Lites class in its Commander side-by-side. Team Burkey finished third in the UTV Novice Limited class in its Can-Am Commander 1000.
For more information on Can-Am racing, the Maverick 1000R side-by-side vehicle, 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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