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Can-Am Drivers Sweep 12 Hours of La Tuque

| 22 May 2015 3:11 pm

12 Hours of La Tuque
LA TUQUE, QUEBEC, CANADA

AWRCS American Woods Racing Championship Series
Round 3: Redbank
NEW BETHLEHEM, PA

LOORRS Lucas Oil Off-Road Regional Racing
Round 6: Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park
CHANDLER, AZ

Courtesy of BRP/Can-Am
MAY 16-17, 2015

Can-Am Maverick drivers finished one, two, three to sweep both the SxS Open class and the overall SxS podium at the 2015 12 Hours of La Tuque endurance event, which Can-Am held this past weekend in La Tuque, Quebec, Canada. Can-Am side-by-side racing pilots also scored podium victories in the AWRCS and LOORRS series to showcase the unrivaled performance of the Maverick 1000R side-by-side vehicle.

Can-Am X-Team’s Yani Desjardins (5) drove his Can-Am Maverick X rs 1000R to the overall and Open 851-1000cc SxS-class win in the 2015 edition of the 12 Hours of La Tuque in Quebec, Canada. Photo by UTV Planet Magazine

Can-Am X-Team’s Yani Desjardins (5) drove his Can-Am Maverick X rs 1000R to the overall and Open 851-1000cc SxS-class win in the 2015 edition of the 12 Hours of La Tuque in Quebec, Canada. Photo by UTV Planet Magazine

“Our racers had another great racing weekend behind the wheel of the Can-Am Maverick side-by-side vehicle, winning numerous races,” said Can-Am racing project leader Jeff Leclerc. “We swept the Open class and overall podium and had four Maverick teams in the top five overall at the 12 Hours of La Tuque. No matter the type of racing, from endurance to short track to woods racing, these impressive finishes only reinforce the message that the Can-Am Maverick is the performance side-by-side vehicle of choice when it comes to power, precision and agility.”

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12 Hours of La Tuque
Can-Am Maverick side-by-side racers swept the SxS overall podium and won both the SxS Open (851-1000cc) and SxS Stock (851-1000cc) classes at the 2015 12 Hours of La Tuque. The top two finishers, Yani Desjardins and Martin Horik, are very familiar with the endurance race as well as each other, as they have each won the 851-1000cc class over the previous two years.

Desjardins, the 2013 overall winner, piloted his number-five Can-Am X-Team Maverick X rs 1000R side-by-side to the SxS Open-class win. Desjardins impressed on both days by overcoming a time penalty to win round one of the two-leg race. The round-one victory and time adjustment forced Desjardins to start sixth off the line, instead of first, for session two. From there, he simply passed every rider to win by almost two full minutes. He completed 50 laps in a time of two hours, three minutes and 37.724 seconds to beat Horik this year.

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Octane/ Can-Am’s Horik, last year’s overall winner, captured second place in the class and second overall. The veteran driver, who was the only other one to complete 50 laps, was in the running for the overall, but he also fell victim to a time penalty and had to settle for a hard-fought second-place podium finish with his Can-Am Maverick 1000R.

Second overall and the runner-up spot in the Open SxS class went to former winner Martin Horik of Octane/ Can-Am, in a Maverick 1000R. Photo by UTV Planet Magazine

Second overall and the runner-up spot in the Open SxS class went to former winner Martin Horik of Octane/ Can-Am, in a Maverick 1000R. Photo by UTV Planet Magazine

Rossi X-Team’s Diane Rossi finished one spot behind Horik in the Open class and was fifth overall.

Third overall and first in the Stock class went to racer Stephane Dupont of Equip Dupont Motorsport, who was competing in a new, stock Can-Am Maverick X ds 1000R Turbo, the industry’s most powerful and lone factory-installed turbocharged side-by-side vehicle. The new team put together an impressive performance, completing 49 laps (one lap down) in a time of two hours, three minutes and 21 seconds to earn a coveted spot on the SxS overall podium and first in its class.

(From left to right) Diane Rossi placed third in the Open class, Yani Desjardins was the overall and Open-class winner, Stephane Dupont was the Stock-class winner, and Martin Horik was the overall and Open-class runner-up. All drove Can-Am Maverick side-by-side vehicles and finished on the 2015 12 Hours of La Tuque podium. Photo by UTV Planet Magazine

(From left to right) Diane Rossi placed third in the Open class, Yani Desjardins was the overall and Open-class winner, Stephane Dupont was the Stock-class winner, and Martin Horik was the overall and Open-class runner-up. All drove Can-Am Maverick side-by-side vehicles and finished on the 2015 12 Hours of La Tuque podium. Photo by UTV Planet Magazine

AWRCS American Woods Racing Championship Series
Dave Plavi drove his number-591 Offroad Motorsports/ Wicked Bilt-backed Can-Am Maverick to a victory at round three of the American Woods Racing Championship Series, held at Redbank in New Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

The wire-to-wire win on a dusty, rock-strewn course extended Plavi’s points lead after the second round of the series’ side-by-side racing action.

Dave Plavi and co-pilot Todd Empfield took their Offroad Motorsports/ Wicked Bilt/ Can Am Maverick (591) to another AWRCS win this past weekend in Pennsylvania. Photo courtesy of Plavi Racing

Dave Plavi and co-pilot Todd Empfield took their Offroad Motorsports/ Wicked Bilt/ Can Am Maverick (591) to another AWRCS win this past weekend in Pennsylvania. Photo courtesy of Plavi Racing

Team Travalena-sponsored Can-Am driver Richard Travalena Jr. took second, behind Plavi, giving Can-Am a one-two finish in the Open-class ranks.

LOORRS Lucas Oil Off-Road Regional Racing
DragonFire Racing/ Weller Racing-backed Can-Am pilot Ken Benson earned the Production 1000-class win in his new Can-Am Maverick X ds side-by-side vehicle at round six of the Lucas Oil Off-Road Regional Racing series’ double-round weekend held at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park in Chandler, Arizona.

Ken Benson piloted his DragonFire Can-Am Maverick X ds 1000R to the Production 1000-class victory at round six of the Lucas Oil Off-Road Regional Racing Series in Arizona. Photo courtesy of DragonFire Racing

Ken Benson piloted his DragonFire Can-Am Maverick X ds 1000R to the Production 1000-class victory at round six of the Lucas Oil Off-Road Regional Racing Series in Arizona. Photo courtesy of DragonFire Racing

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