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Can-Am Racers Earn Three Prestigious Off-Road Championships

| 12 December 2017 2:23 pm

BITD Best In The Desert

SCORE International Desert Racing Series

TORC The Off-Road Championship Series

GNCC Grand National Cross Country Series

Courtesy of BRP News
DEC. 10, 2017

Can-Am X-Team drivers won three prestigious racing championships with the Can-Am Maverick X3 Turbo R side-by-side vehicle in its first full season of off-road competition. Phil Blurton won the Best In The Desert (BITD) Pro Production Turbo-class championship, a first for Can-Am. In the SCORE International Desert Racing Series, Marc Burnett won the Pro UTV Forced Induction class with his Maverick X3 side-by-side vehicle. Kyle Chaney also had a banner season behind the wheel of the Can-Am Maverick X3, winning the 2017 Pro Mod UTV title in The Off-Road Championship (TORC) Series.

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“To win three significant off-road racing series with the Maverick X3 Turbo R platform in its first official full season of racing is quite a statement,” said Jeff Leclerc, team leader, Can-Am race department. “This early level of success speaks to the industry-leading design and performance of the Maverick X3 vehicle, but also to the commitment and dedication displayed by our all our teams both in the field and back home at BRP.”

BITD Best In The Desert Racing Series
Phil Blurton made quite an impression in his rookie season behind the wheel of his Can-Am Maverick X3 Turbo R side-by-side vehicle in the BITD racing series. The California racer, aided by back-to-back victories at the UTV World Championship and Vegas-to-Reno events, piloted his Can-Am/ No Limit Maverick X3 Turbo R side-by-side vehicle to the UTV Pro Production Turbo-class championship. It was the first BITD championship for both Blurton and factory Can-Am.

Phil Blurton is the 2017 BITD UTV Pro Production Turbo champion.

Phil Blurton is the 2017 BITD UTV Pro Production Turbo champion.

At the BITD Silver State 150, No Limit / Can-Am’s Blurton completed all 150 miles in a time of three hours, 22 minutes and 13.984 seconds to earn a very respectable second-place finish in the UTV Turbo class with his number-944 Can-Am Maverick X3 Turbo R vehicle.

Phil Blurton and co-pilot Beau Judge drove the No Limit Can-Am Maverick X3 desert racer to yet another BITD Pro UTV-class podium finish, earning second in the class at the Silver State 150.

Phil Blurton and co-pilot Beau Judge drove the No Limit Can-Am Maverick X3 desert racer to yet another BITD Pro UTV-class podium finish, earning second in the class at the Silver State 150.

S3 Powersports CEO Malcom “Mr. Mal” Sneed, along with co-dawg Quinton Daniels, won the UTV Unlimited class in his number-2918 S3 Powersports-prepped Can-Am Maverick X3 MAX side-by-side vehicle at the Best In The Desert Silver State 150, held outside of Caliente, Nevada.

Malcom Sneed, S3 Powersports CEO, recorded the UTV Unlimited-class win in his number-2819 Can-Am Maverick X3 MAX side-by-side vehicle at the BITD Silver State 150 in Nevada. Photo courtesy of Josh Catogni/S3

Malcom Sneed, S3 Powersports CEO, recorded the UTV Unlimited-class win in his number-2819 Can-Am Maverick X3 MAX side-by-side vehicle at the BITD Silver State 150 in Nevada. Photo courtesy of Josh Catogni/S3

Lonestar Racing front man Dan Fisher also competed in the UTV Pro ranks in Nevada and came away with a solid fourth-place run in his number-910 LSR-prepped Can-Am Maverick X3 MAX vehicle.

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SCORE International Desert Racing Series
With 348 points, Burnett Racing/ Monster Energy/ Can-Am’s Marc Burnett secured the 2017 SCORE International Pro UTV Forced Induction-class championship with his Can-Am Maverick X3 Turbo R side-by-side vehicle. Burnett secured his second SCORE International UTV-class championship (he also won in 2014 with the original Can-Am Maverick Turbo) by tallying solid results, including a win at the Tijuana Desert Challenge and another runner-up finish at the San Felipe 250 – and a top-10 finish at the historic point-to-point 50th annual Baja 1000 helped Burnett score enough championship points to fend off any challengers.

Marc Burnett, the 2017 SCORE International Pro UTV FI champion, in action.

Marc Burnett, the 2017 SCORE International Pro UTV FI champion, in action.

In their Can-Am Maverick X3 Turbo R side-by-side vehicle, Burnett and his co-pilot Fernando Flores won the Pro UTV FI class at the Tijuana 21st SCORE Desert Challenge, held September 23 and 24 outside of Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico. The California racer and Can-Am X-Team member completed the six-lap, 23-mile course in a time of three hours, 47 minutes and 17 seconds, averaging 36.43 mph, to beat 12 other drivers to the finish line and get his first win since re-signing with Can-Am for 2017.

Marc Burnett and co-pilot Fernando Flores drove the number-2905 Monster Energy-themed Can-Am Maverick X3 Turbo R side-by-side vehicle to the Pro UTV FI-class win at the 2017 Tijuana 21st SCORE Desert Challenge in Mexico. Photo courtesy of Freestylemx.com

Marc Burnett and co-pilot Fernando Flores drove the number-2905 Monster Energy-themed Can-Am Maverick X3 Turbo R side-by-side vehicle to the Pro UTV FI-class win at the 2017 Tijuana 21st SCORE Desert Challenge in Mexico. Photo courtesy of Freestylemx.com

TORC The Off-Road Championship Series
Can-Am/ XPS/ Chaney Racing-backed Kyle Chaney had an outstanding first full season of TORC racing in 2017, earning the Pro UTV Mod-class championship. The Maverick X3 Turbo R side-by-side vehicle pilot built a solid points lead with steady finishes throughout the season, finishing on the box nine times prior to the final weekend. The Ohio Pro and two-time Grand National Cross Country XC1 Pro UTV champions capped off the year with three straight podium finishes (including two wins) to notch his first career TORC series title and the first for Can-Am.

Kyle Chaney, the 2017 TORC Pro UTV Mod Champion, in action. Chaney secured the Pro Mod UTV-class championship in the TORC Series with a round-13 win at the season finale, held at ERX Motor Park in Minnesota.

Kyle Chaney, the 2017 TORC Pro UTV Mod Champion, in action. Chaney secured the Pro Mod UTV-class championship in the TORC Series with a round-13 win at the season finale, held at ERX Motor Park in Minnesota.

Chaney came into the final weekend of the 2017 TORC Series owning a nine-point advantage in the Pro Mod UTV division. The final race at ERX Motor Park in Elk River, Minnesota, hosted three rounds (including making up round four on Friday), adding serious pressure to perform, but a cool, calm and collected Chaney was up for the challenge. The Ohio racer finished on the podium at all three rounds with his Can-Am Maverick X3 side-by-side vehicle, winning on Friday and then again on Sunday to capture his first career TORC Series championship and the first for Can-Am.

Kyle Chaney, one of the off-road industry’s most talented drivers, added the 2017 TORC Pro UTV Mod-class championship to his trophy case after winning the final round at ERX Motor Park in Elk River, Minnesota. Photo by Harlen Foley

Kyle Chaney, one of the off-road industry’s most talented drivers, added the 2017 TORC Pro UTV Mod-class championship to his trophy case after winning the final round at ERX Motor Park in Elk River, Minnesota. Photo by Harlen Foley

Chaney’s victory on Friday evening extended his points lead, but his third-place finish at round 12 essentially cut it in half, with only the series finale remaining. All he had to do was win the final round to capture the crown.

And the experienced Can-Am side-by-side pilot did just that, winning the 12-lap feature by more than two seconds. Chaney’s final victory pushed his points total to 299 on the year, giving him an eight-point cushion to end the season.

Kyle Chaney and Can-Am Race Department team leader Jeff Leclerc celebrated the first-ever TORC (The Off-Road Championship) Series championship for Can-Am after Chaney had three podium finishes (including two wins) this weekend in Minnesota. Photo by Harlen Foley

Kyle Chaney and Can-Am Race Department team leader Jeff Leclerc celebrated the first-ever TORC (The Off-Road Championship) Series championship for Can-Am after Chaney had three podium finishes (including two wins) this weekend in Minnesota. Photo by Harlen Foley

Chaney had to miss round 11 of the GNCC series to wrap up this title, but he said it was all worth it, because his TORC championship sheds light on the driving abilities of woods racers, whom Chaney says don’t get enough recognition.

“The Can-Am X3 is a solid platform for any type of racing; it’s just built to perform, built to last and to withstand the elements,” stated Chaney. “You have to start with a reliable machine, and we proved it this season. Consistency is what wins championships, and being on the podium 12 out of 13 rounds was key to bringing this championship to Can-Am.”

Can-Am/ JB Racing’s Tim Farr finished the season in third overall in his Can-Am Maverick X3 side-by-side vehicle, giving Can-Am two of the top three finishes in a very challenging and growing series with talented drivers.

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GNCC Grand National Cross Country Series
Can-Am ATV racer Kevin Cunningham wrapped up his second consecutive Pro 4×4 ATV championship in the GNCC Series with another class win at round 11 in West Virginia.

Cunningham came into this round with a shot at repeating as the 4×4 Pro-class champion. With a sizeable points lead, the Can-Am Renegade 4×4 pilot could have put in a conservative race, but instead he was his normal self, capturing yet another class podium and victory to earn back-to-back titles.

Can-Am Renegade ATV racer Kevin Cunningham (center) secured his second consecutive GNCC 4x4 Pro ATV championship after his win, which was his eighth this year, in West Virginia. Photo by Joane Cunningham

Can-Am Renegade ATV racer Kevin Cunningham (center) secured his second consecutive GNCC 4×4 Pro ATV championship after his win, which was his eighth this year, in West Virginia. Photo by Joane Cunningham

The win on the difficult Mountaineer Run track in Masontown, West Virginia, gave Cunningham eight victories and 10 total podiums on the season, further speaking to his dominance as well as the Can-Am brand, which has won every 4×4 Pro-class championship since its introduction in 2014.

The Indiana Pro, who made his 4×4 Pro-class debut in the latter half of the 2015 season, has now posted 12 wins and 21 podiums over the last two years as a Can-Am team member. He joins fellow Can-Am racer Bryan Buckhannon (who is currently third in the class points standings) as the only two-time GNCC 4×4 Pro-class champions.

“I knew there was added pressure to win this year, because repeating as champion is never easy – no matter the sport – but I was up for the challenge,” said Cunningham. “With a fabulous platform like the Can-Am Renegade, I knew I had the reliability and performance to get it done, but my team and sponsors stepped up to help make my dream a reality. To get eight wins already and capture this championship before the end of the season is just amazing and rewards me, my team and sponsors for our hard work and consistency.”

In other GNCC racing action, Can-Am Maverick X xc side-by-side racer Hunter Miller, sponsored by Miller Brothers Racing and Can-Am, recorded his third straight podium finish in the XC1 Pro UTV class, taking third place with Kevin Cunningham as co-pilot, to maintain his class points lead heading into the final two rounds of action.

DR Powersports / Can-Am’s Jason Watt earned his first GNCC class win behind the wheel of his Maverick side-by-side in the XC2 Pro Sport UTV class, which featured a Can-Am sweep.

Can-Am ATV racers also won the 4×4 A, 4×4 B, 4×4 C and 4×4 Senior (Over 40) classes in West Virginia.

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For more information on the Can-Am racing program and other racing-related news, please visit THE VAULT on the Can-Am site.

For more information about Can-Am off-road products, the family of championship-winning Can-Am Maverick X3 side-by-side vehicles and the Can-Am racing program, visit the website at https://can-am.brp.com/off-road/

To see a video tribute to these three Can-Am Maverick X3 side-by-side vehicle racers, visit the Can-Am off-road YouTube channel at https://youtu.be/BW8GDB0lyEs.

About BRP
BRP (TSX: DOO) is a global leader in the design, development, manufacturing, distribution and marketing of powersports vehicles and propulsion systems. Its portfolio includes Ski-Doo and Lynx snowmobiles, Sea-Doo watercraft, Can-Am off-road and Spyder vehicles, and Evinrude and Rotax marine propulsion systems, as well as Rotax engines for karts, motorcycles and recreational aircraft. BRP supports its line of products with a dedicated parts, accessories and clothing business. With annual sales of CA$4.2 billion from more than a hundred countries, the company employs approximately 8,700 people worldwide. For more information, please go to http://www.brp.com/.

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