Vista, CA (10/3/2012)
/ Can-Am's John placed just outside the Pro ATV Podium in fourth at the Montreal Supermotocross aboard his Can-Am DS450 Sport ATV
– Sky high jumps, technical track, and sand and clay whoop sections were no match for Motoworks / DWT / Can-Am’s John Natalie who scored a fourth place finish at the Montreal Supermotocross.
The Ironman came out in style and edged out the competition in the heat race to take an exciting win. The heat race set the stage for the Monster Energy Supermotocross main event Saturday evening. Natalie got off the gate in good position, but was bounced around a few times in the first few corners.
“I got off the line good, but was edged out in the first corner. It was tight. In the next turn, someone ran into me and we got tangled up” regards Natalie of his start.
The tangle set the Can-Am racer back in the pack. He charged forward and worked on battling Quebec’s Richard Pelchat and Can-Am racer Cody Miller. Natalie and Pelchat battled wheel to wheel for a few laps.
“I went outside and Pelchat went inside. He was able to get around me, but I quickly got back around him in the whoops section and stayed in fourth” said Natalie about his battle with the Canadian racer.
Natalie took the checkers behind fellow Can-Am racer, Josh Creamer, to claim fourth place for the day.
“My Motoworks DS450 worked great. The DWT tires really hooked up and were predictable to help me pass my way to the front of the pack” said Natalie.
Josh Frederick said he was filled with excitement and anticipation before the start of the Monster Energy Supermotocross SxS event. He got the feel for the course during practice; the course was much more technical than last years. There were huge jumps and tight corners, and the difficult course set the bar high for the racers.
Frederick took it easy in his qualifier and earned a fifth place which advanced him to the main.
“The Commander worked really well and I wanted to take it easy and save it. I wanted to go for broke in the main” said Frederick.
Frederick’s gate pick had him on the second line in the main event. The pick turned out to work in his favor as the first line of side by sides piled up in first turn. Frederick was able to avoid the carnage and was in a good position after turn one. His luck ran out though. He landed a big jump pretty hard and broke something in the rear end of the machine.
“We had bad luck, but that’s ok. My tires and suspension were working awesome. I was able to corner so well” regards Frederick.
The Motoworks / DWT / Can-Am team had an overall successful event with Natalie earning a fourth place finish against the international field of racers, which wraps up the 2012 motocross racing season for the Can-Am Motoworks team.