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BRP's Can-Am™ Outlander™ and Renegade™ ATVs proved to be the machines to beat in the morning session of the Can-Am GNCC opening round of the 2008 season. The Triton GNCC, held near Melbourne, Fl., saw warm weather and dry conditions – a perfect start to the 13-round GNCC season. Can-Am ATVs took three of the top-five overall positions in the morning class, and saw the DS 450TM sport ATV makes its XC1 Pro-class debut with a top-10 finish.
"Many of us at BRP Can-Am made the trip down to Florida to watch our racers compete against the best off-road racers in the world," said Del Bohlman, Product, Media Relation and Racing Manager for Can-Am ATVs. "The racers and teams did not disappoint us, it was great to see a Can-Am ATV on the morning overall podium and we hope too see an overall winner, whether in the morning or afternoon session this GNCC season."
Making his U2-class debut, Team Warnert Racing / Can-Am's Rick Cecco rode his Renegade 800 X to third overall and won by nearly 30 minutes in his class. His teammate Michael Swift finished 29 seconds behind Cecco – and 10 minutes ahead of his nearest class competitor – and won the 4x4 Limited class aboard an Outlander 800 model.
Team Warnert Racing / Can-Am's Cliff Beasley, aboard an Outlander 500 in the 4x4 Lites class, cruised to the class win and seventh overall, followed by Team Looney Tuned Exhaust's (LTE) Jerime Dudding, who finished 15th overall.
The DS 450 ATV made its anticipated XC1 Pro-class debut in the afternoon session and saw Team Warnert's Chris Bithell finish in the top-10 of the class. Bithell was running as high as third place at one point and was pressuring the eventual winner. Teammate Chris Jenks had a pin-sized hole in the rear brake line that saw him lose valuable time in the pits to fix it, however he managed to fight back and finish in 17th place. LTE's Duane Johnson took 13th overall on his DS 450.
The next round in the 2008 GNCC season is on March 8 near Washington, Ga. For more Can-Am racing information, visit www.can-amxteam.com.
Bombardier Recreational Products Inc. (BRP), a privately-held company, is a world leader in the design, development, manufacturing, distribution and marketing of motorized recreational vehicles. Its portfolio of brands and products includes: Ski-Doo® and Lynx™ snowmobiles, Sea-Doo® watercraft and sport boats, Evinrude® and Johnson® outboard engines, direct injection technologies such as E-TEC®, Can-Am™ all-terrain vehicles and roadsters, as well as Rotax® engines and karts.- end -