Montreal, Canada (9/10/2012)
- Canadian rider Richard Pelchat is ready to defend his ATV title at the Monster Energy Supermotocross, presented by Parts Canada/Thor, on Saturday, September 29 at the Olympic Stadium. Winning the international ATV race for the first time last year ahead of Americans Cody Miller, John Natalie and Josh Creamer, Pelchat has only run twice against his US opponents in 2012, instead spending the summer competing in the Quebec Quad Cross Series.
The Can-Am rider won five of the first seven rounds, capturing the title with still two events remaining. The Quebec City region resident will face much tougher competition at the Olympic Stadium in his quest to win a second time around.
Three of his toughest adversaries, Chad Wienen, John Natalie, and Josh Creamer, have already confirmed they will be competing at the 35th running of the Supermotocross. Wienen, a Yamaha rider from Galena, Illinois, won six of the ten weekends of the AMA Pro ATV Motocross Championship to clinch his first-ever national US title. He closed out the season 31 points ahead of 2011 champion John Natalie.
Can-Am rider Natalie, who is from Warrior Mark, Pennsylvania, grabbed the spotlight during three AMA weekends this summer. In 2010, Natalie edged-out Pelchat and Cody Miller at the Big O.
American Racer Josh Creamer is dominating the NEATV-MX Motocross Series & will be racing in the 2012 Montreal Supermotocross
Competing in the New England MX Series, Josh Creamer dominated the NEATV-MX Pro and Pro-Am classes, wrapping up the Pro class title with three rounds remaining. The North Stonington, Connecticut, resident has been impressive all summer long winning the first nine rounds of the series with his Can-Am machine.
“Winning the Quebec title with two rounds remaining means that the our season finale at the Olympic Stadium could be a bonus run for me as the American drivers are not eligible to run in it, only in the international race,” said Pelchat.
“I faced good competition in Quebec this summer, but there is nothing better than competing against the best of them. Last summer, I also ran a limited schedule in the States and managed to win the Supermotocross ATV finale. This summer, I ran once in the NEATV Series in Southwick, Maine, and Josh (Creamer) and I split the wins in the Pro-am class. In the AMA ATV National Series round in New Berlin, New York, in mid-August, I faced all three of them with Wienen finishing first overall ahead of Creamer and Natalie. It was quite a ride, but things will be different at the Supermotocross with a shorter and tighter track. The adrenaline level is higher. The best riders in the world will all be there and they all want to win the biggest ATV international competition of the season. My goal is to repeat as champion.”
Energy Montreal Supermotocross ATV Podium
(left to right)
Cody Miller (2nd), Richard Pelchat (1st)
, John Natalie Jr (3rd)
Quebec Quad Cross Side-by-Side Series
Competitors in the Quebec Quad Cross Side-by-Side Series will be facing their biggest challenge of the season in the International Side-by-Side All Terrain Vehicle race at the Olympic Stadium. Alexandre-André Gingras of St. Flavien (QC) dominated the season with three overall wins to clinch the championship with one round remaining.
Two riders are still in the hunt to capture second place with Yani Desjardins of Pointe-Calumet leading Yann Gay-Gosselin of Drummondville by six points. Patrick Carpentier, who will be making his debut in this series driving the Grégoire Sport Artic Cat Wildcat 1000, is scheduled to test at the Sanair and X-Town tracks prior to the big event, but it will be a tall order for the racecar driver.
According to the Supemotocross organizers, negotiations are well under way with series officials from the California and Texas Series, to have their top riders attending the big event. Last year, Mark Holtz from Lynden, Washington, won ahead of Quebec riders Karel Benoît and Maxime Lavoie-Paquet.
Tickets for the 35th running of the Montreal Monster Energy Supermotocross, presented by Parts Canada/Thor, on Saturday September 29, 2012 at the Olympic Stadium, are on sale at Admission.com, or by calling 1-855-790-1245. They are also available at participating motorcycle and recreational products retailers across Québec. Locate the dealer nearest you at www.supermotocross.ca and click on “DEALERS’ TICKETS”: Prices range from $15.00, $30.00, and $42.00. Ticket holders will have free access to the Montreal Off-Road Show which opens at 10 a.m. at Olympic Stadium.