Press Release –
Can-Am / Motoworks DS 450 racer John Natalie took the Pro-class holeshot of moto one at this weekend’s AMA ATV Motocross National near Bowling Green, KY and led the entire race from start to finish.
This combined with being the fastest qualifier for the weekend proved Natalie was ready for an overall win.
In moto two, Natalie started right where he left off jumping to third early in the moto and looking to move up. However, a mechanical issue early in the race ended his chances at the overall, forcing him to settle for eight overall for the weekend.
Teammate, Chad Wienen had an impressive ride in the second moto, chasing down the current national champion and passing him on the closing stages of the moto. That impressive pass put Wienen in third, which was good enough for fourth overall on the day.
“This past weekend, the team proved that it has the speed to contend for the championship; we are very confident that we will be ready for the next round in Danville,” says Jimmie O’Dell, Racing Manager for Can-Am ATVs at BRP. “Our team and riders have been working hard and I’m very impressed with their determination and desire to win.”
Four-Stroke B class amateur, Chase Henry, took the weekend overall winning the class on his DS 450.
Cole Henry, who is the older brother of Chase, took second overall in Production A on his DS 450, and finished in the top five of the Pro-Am Unlimited class.
Mark Gehring rode his DS 450 to the Open B class overall winning both his heat race and the main. Merrill Crose finished second in the Vet A 30+ class and Nicole Gates was second in the Women’s C class.
“I can’t wait for Danville. They have a really good pro section and I plan on picking up right where I left off on moto one with a win!” – John Natalie
“I’m hoping for a good race at Danville. I had a good race there last year and I’m hoping it goes well again this time. I’m just going to ride smart, try to get good starts and stay consistent.” – Chad Wienen
“I am really excited for Danville. That is my home track, so we will have a lot of support from friends and family there and I really want to take the win for all of them and my team.” – Cole Henry
The next round in the series is May 1-2 at Birch Creek Motorsports near Danville, VA.
For more information on Can-Am racing, the entire 2010 schedule, the 2010 contingency program and DS 450 amateur racer support program, please visit www.can-amxteam.com.