Can-Am DS 450 ATV Rider John Natalie Wins First Pro Moto of the Year
Team Warnert / Can-AmTM racer John Natalie powered his DS 450TM ATV to a successful race win at the ATV Bluegrass Nationals at Ballance Moto X near Bowling Green, Ky. With the moto win, Natalie overcame a first-moto crash to claim sixth overall.
"Only John Natalie could come back from a nasty first-moto crash and win the second moto," said Del Bohlman, Product, Media Relation and Racing Manager for Can-Am ATVs at BRP. "They don't call him the 'Ironman' for nothing; we are proud of his excellent performance for the weekend and can't wait to see his next race on the DS 450."
In the first moto, Natalie took the holeshot and was leading the rest of the field when he crashed hard and was shaken up. In qualifying, Natalie also had the second-fastest practice lap of the weekend. Natalie's teammate, Cody Miller, battled hard the entire first moto and took fifth.
"It felt good to win the second moto. I knew we were capable of it, and I know it’s going to be great from now on. I was just happy to give everyone on the team and back at the BRP Can-Am factory their first moto win of the season."
“Everything went really well in the first moto; the bike was running great. From this point, I’m going to be concentrating on training for the first round of the up-coming WPSA ATV Tour."
The next round of the ITP/Moose Racing AMA/ATVA ATV Championship Series is April 26-27 at Birch Creek Raceway near Danville VA
of Team Epic Racing/Can-Am looked fast in qualifying as he had the fifth-fastest practice lap. A flat-tire in the first moto ended his chances at a top-five overall finish, but Baker managed to salvage tenth overall when he took sixth in the second moto on a DS 450 ATV. Can-Am support rider, Richard Pelchat, took fifth in the second moto and finished ninth overall for an impressive weekend on his DS 450..