With three (3) winning CFMOTO pilots on the podium, the official CFMOTO FACTORY RACING TEAM adds to last years 1st and 2nd place wins with a commanding performance at the 12 Hours Endurance of La Tuque where four (4) CFMOTO ZFORCE 800 were in competition.
In retrospect, the competition consisted of two (2) rounds of one (1) hour each, drivers traveling at an average speed of 80 km/hr on a very demanding course, testing the capabilities of both drivers and their respective vehicles.
Challenged by rain, mud and a demanding course, the durability of the CFMOTO ZFORCE 800 was clearly demonstrated as all four (4) ZFORCE 800 completed the grueling event taking 1st,2nd,3rd and 4th place., only 11 of the 22 registered side x sides were able to finish, providing further testimony to the fortitude of the CFMOTO ZFORCE and RACING TEAM.
FINAL RESULTS & INTERNATIONAL PRESENCE
In addition to the resounding wins in the 850cc and under category, the 800cc ZFORCE also performed vigorously in the 1000cc category by seriously challenging the larger displacement competitors and finishing with a convincing 6th place. R
iding first time for the CFMOTO FACTORY RACING TEAM, French TV and Sports personality Alexandre Dubanne well represented CFMOTO FRANCE by taking 2nd place. More than 22 side-by-sides were in the race this year compared to 12 back in 2013 which clearly indicates that side-by-side are more popular then ever in the Powersport industry!
“I am very proud to be a major sponsor of the race event and proud of the results. We have had a great event, with the commanding presence of the CFMOTO Racing Team and the CFMOTO brand, including our partnership with La Capitale and the participating CFMOTO dealers who provided demo rides to the attendees. I would like to congratulate the CFMOTO drivers that put on a good show for the crowd. I also would like to thank the La Tuque team for a well organized event, and our sponsors ELKA, CVTECH and KIMPEX and we look forward to next years race”, said Carl Patoine, President of CFMOTO Canada.
Position # 1 : Ken McDonald (CFMOTO Racing Team)
Position # 2 : Alexandre Debanne (CFMOTO Racing Team)
Position # 3 : Jason Thorne (CFMOTO Racing Team)
Position # 4 : Patrick Bray (CFMOTO Racing Team)
CFMOTO RACING TEAM: RIDER BIOS
Jason Thorne, Ontario
Freestyle champion Jason Thorne got his first bike when he was 5 years old. He turned pro at the age of 16. A celebrity and crowd favourite, Jason was on the first ever freestyle outdoor contest broadcasted on Fox Sports Net “Moto Survival Tour” and also on Pay Per View, TSN, Speedvision, M80 and many local stations. Print coverage includes Motocross Action, RacerX, MX Machine, MXP, IMX, PRN, Motocross Journal and numerous newspapers.
Alexandre Debanne, France
Alexandre is an emblematic figure of both television and radio arts in France. In fact, he hosted many variety shows on TF1 and TV5 and has been one of the main figures of the NRJ radio network for many years. Over the years, Mr. Debanne has participated in numerous international caliber sport competitions. Alexandre has been passionate about Powersports since his childhood and it is with enthusiasm that he has accepted the invitation made by CFMOTO Canada.
Patrick Bray, Ontario
Patrick has been racing his whole life, starting on motocross bikes at a young age. Success came fast and early for this talented racer, including wins in the Arena Cross Winter Series and Spring Summer Fall series in the amateur 125 cc class. With over 20 years experience of motocross racing, Patrick has expanded his portfolio across numerous sports, recently winning power boat poker runs across Canada and the USA.
Ken McDonald, Quebec
Ken is the producer and leading reporters of ‘Histoires de sentiers and ‘Show de motos both broadcast on RDS (TSN) for many years. Passionate about everything related to ATV/Side-by-side/Snowmobile/Motorcycle, nothing escapes his thirst for performance. He won the competition of La Tuque last year driving a SNYPER 800EX and this year, Ken will defend his title!
ABOUT CFMOTO CANADA – Distributed in over 70 countries and regions, CFMOTO develops and manufactures world class, high quality All Terrain Vehicles, Utility Vehicles, Motorcycles, Scooters, Boat and Powersports Engines. Founded in 1989, CFMOTO is a leader in the field of liquid cooled engine design and production for motorcycles and quads worldwide. CFMOTO possesses an annual production capacity of 800,000 engines and 600,000 vehicles.
In Canada, CFMOTO products are distributed by CMI, whose headquarters are in Quebec. As a partner in R&D, CMI has contributed to the development of features that ensure reliability and a competitive edge for the demanding Canadian terrain and the discerning customer. CMI has an extensive network of quality dealerships throughout the country. To provide outstanding service to its many dealerships so that they may, in turn, cater to the needs of their many customers, CMI has established a number of vehicle and parts warehouses in several provinces across Canada.