Pelchat Interview: 2011 Montreal Supermotocross
Canada (10/16/2011) –
Can-Am’s Richard Pelchat has been a top ATV
racer in Canada for quite some time and has seven
championships under his belt, but there was one
championship that had eluded him for a decade until
this year; the Montreal Supermotocross.
Richard Pelchat - 2011 Monster Energy Montreal
Supermotocross Pro ATV Winner
ten years of mishaps and bad luck at the Montreal
Supermotocross, Pelchat was finally able to claim
victory in his home country. Pelchat’s weekend
got off to a rought start when he wrecked during
the qualifier, but this time Lady Luck was on
his side in the main event and the Canadian racer
could not have been happier with the results
caught up with a very excited Richard Pelchat
shortly after the 2011 Monster Energy Montreal
Supermotocross and this is what he had to say:
ATVRiders.com: Richard, congratulations
on taking the Montreal Supermotocross win!
Richard Pelchat: Thank you! It took a long time
but I finally got it!
Was this your first time winning the Montreal
Pelchat was running in the 2nd spot in
the qualifier before a roll-over, which
sent him to the back of the pack &
gave him one of the last gate picks for
the Pro ATV Main
Richard Pelchat: This was my first time. I came
close in 2007 and I have been on the podium a
few times, but I have had some bad luck so this
was my first time winning.
You crashed during qualifiers and it looked like
some your bad luck from before might carry over,
but you pulled it off.
Richard Pelchat: I was a bit upset after crashing,
but I just tried to calm down and stay focused.
How did it feel to win in your home country?
Richard Pelchat: This win was exactly what I needed
and it is what the fans wanted. During the opening
ceremony, everyone was cheering “It’s
your year; it’s your year.” And now
I finally did it and it feels great to accomplish
it after all these years.
Energy Montreal Supermotocross ATV Podium
(left to right)
Cody Miller (2nd), Richard Pelchat (1st)
, John Natalie Jr (3rd)
There was a lot of carnage in that first turn,
but you seemed to miss all of it.
Richard Pelchat: Yes, I was a little bit behind
the carnage. I have been doing the Montreal Supermotocross
for ten years and I know that there is always
carnage on the start. I was expecting it, so I
waited and chose a good line to get around everything
and I was able to get out front and pull away.
Once you got around all that, what was going through
Richard Pelchat: I knew I was the fastest out
there at the time so I just tried to concentrate
and I just had to run my own race and try to stay
smooth out there.
What did you think of the event this year?
Richard Pelchat: I always like Montreal Supermotocross.
I’ve always been a technical rider so I
really like the tracks and it is fun to get out
there ride for the fans on a Supermotocross style
track and give them a good show.
It seemed like a pretty technical track. What
did you think about it?
Richard Pelchat: They did a good job with the
track. It was exciting and technical and I loved
the triple-triple section. It really puts on a
good spectacle for the audience when we have big
jumps like that.
2011 Montreal Supercross track was very
technical with three large triple jumps
& Richard Pelchat was one of the few
pro ATV racers launching all three jumps
nearly every lap of the race
You were one of the few that were taking the triple-triple.
Was it a tough jump?
Pelchat takes the checkered flag for the
2011 Montreal Supermotocross PRo ATV /
Richard Pelchat: In the first triple you had to
have a really good line coming out of the whoops
and the second triple was a little sketchy, because
you had to be really smooth on the throttle and
be committed or you were not going to make it.
What are you plans for the rest of the season?
Richard Pelchat: This was pretty much the end
of the season for me and it was great to end it
with a win.
Any idea yet as to what you will be doing for
Richard Pelchat: I will probably be racing our
national series up here in Canada and I know I
will be racing a couple of the AMA Nationals,
but I am not really sure after that, so I guess
we will see what happens.
Richard, it’s been a pleasure talking to
you and congrats again on winning the Montreal
Richard Pelchat: Thank you!