MONTREAL, Canada. (September 27, 2007) –The finest racers in the AMA Pro ATV MX series aren’t done racing yet, as a big crop of talent heads north of the boarder this weekend to battle at the Montreal Supercross presented by Parts Canada, Thor and Coors Light. Along with the MX1 and MX2 divisions for bikes, the VTT/ATV class enters 34 top riders on all-terrain vehicles. In addition, the event features autocross dune buggys in the mix, plus, the BRP Racing Team brings the brand-spanking new Can-Am DS-450 to the gate for even more bumper-to-bumper racing.
Top-ranking AMA Pro ATV riders include Team Yamaha’s Groupe Vertdure RP Evolution's Richard Pelchat from St. Romuald Quebec. The Canadian is running the #1 plate for the event.
“I have the number 1 plate in Canada,” Pelchat said. “Because I won the Canadian championship in 2006, from 2002 to 2006 actually, so at every Canadian race I put the number 1 on my ATV.”
Richard is excited for this event after checking out the track at montrealsupercross.com . “We are leaving today [Thursday] for the race," he said. "It is only a 2 hour drive this time! I only saw the drawing [of the track] posted on the website. It should be a very nice track. Normally we share the Autocross track and the Supercross, so it is both technical and fast. Good for the show!
With the opportunity to win the $2,000 purse, Richard has high expectations. “Luck wasn't with me any previous years,” Pelchat said. “It is kind of my ''black list race.” I'm always fast, but starts have always been a nightmare. The good side is that this year I am ready for anything; I believe I can make up for anything. We will have a lot of fun.”
Richard finished seventh at the first-ever AMA Pro ATV Open at Steel City, ahead of Team Yamaha’s Hunter and Cody Miller, who will also compete in Canada. Other American riders include Shasta Lake, California’s Sage Baker, who had a season best fifth overall at Loretta Lynn’s this year. Baker will be riding for Team Epic Racing Can-Am rider.
Joe Haavisto from New Ipswich, New Hampshire had a season best finish of sixth in Alabama this year riding for Lost Creek Suzuki and Team Joe Racing.
2007 Pro-Am rides of Greg Gee and Casey Martin are also listed. Greg of Simcoe, of Ontario, finished third overall in Pro-Am this year, and second overall in 16-24, and will be riding for Team Epic Can-Am Racing, along with Casey Martin of Frenchburg, Kentucky riding for the Media Allstars.
The list of entries also includes Canadian riders like Martin Boulet of PLX Sport Suzuki, Francis Cloutier from Team RM Motorsport Suzuki, Maxime Piche of Sport Motorise Honda and the AMA Pro rider from Notre Dame, Quebec, Jasmin Plante riding for Team Varin Yamaha Trinque. Plante had a season best finish of third overall at Loretta Lynn’s after fourth overall at Unadilla.
This year is extra-special for the Montreal Supercross as 2007 marks the 30-year Anniversary on Saturday September 29. The Montreal Olympic Stadium will be especially packed with ATV fans, and the MX1 class is stacked with Dusty Klatt, Jean-Sebastien Roy, Jason Thomas and Bryan Johnson, Tyler Bowers, Brock Sellards and Ryan Clark! There’s a long list of Canadians in the MX2 class, plus a freestyle presentation! The show starts at 7:30 p.m. Log onto montrealsupercross.com for more information.
About the ITP/Moose ATV National Motocross Championship Series
Presented by Parts Unlimited:
The AMA ITP/Moose ATV National Motocross Championship Series Presented by Parts Unlimited is the nation’s premier amateur and professional ATV motocross series, and is hosted by many of America ’s premier motocross facilities. The 12-round series includes stops all over the nation, drawing the top racers, teams and sponsors in the sport, and making it America ’s largest and longest running ATV National Motocross series. After over twenty years of growth, the ATVA series gained AMA Pro recognition in 2007, crowning Joe Byrd as the first-ever AMA Pro ATV Champion. The series continues to expand and produce top talent from the amateur ranks, while keeping close to the grass-roots fun that makes people love to go to the races.
Series sponsors include title sponsors ITP Tires and Moose, and presenting sponsor Parts Unlimited. Premiere and Feature sponsors include ATV Sport, Moto Tees, Scott USA, Maxxis Tires, Elka Suspension and H-Bomb Films/Division Four. Associate sponsors include Weekend Warrior Trailers, Denton Racing, and Hinson Racing. Media partners include ATV Insider, ATV Rider and ATVRiders.com.
About AMA Racing:
AMA Racing is the competition arm of the American Motorcyclist Association and is the leading sanctioning body for motorcycle sport in the United States. Its professional properties include the Amp’d Mobile AMA Supercross Series, the AMA Toyota Motocross Championship presented by FMF, the AMA Superbike Championship presented by Parts Unlimited, the AMA Ford Quality Checked Flat Track Championship, the AMA Supermoto Championship and the AMA Pro ATV Championship. In amateur and pro-am competition, AMA Racing sanctions over 4000 events in 24 different disciplines and supports over 260,000 active members. For more information about professional racing, visit www.amaproracing.com. Accredited media outlets can also access an on line Press Room at www.amaproracing.com/pressroom. For amateur racing information visit www.amadirectlink.com/amrace/amasports.asp.
About the ATVA:
The ATV Association (“ATVA”) is the official sanctioning body of the amateur division of the ATVA ITP/Moose ATV National Motocross Championship Series Presented by Parts Unlimited. The 9,000 member ATVA is the sister organization of the 260,000 member American Motorcyclist Association (“AMA”). ATV racing has experienced phenomenal growth at the rate of 25% in the past two years alone, and continues to gain momentum and support, outselling off-road motorcycles annually. Each round attracts hundreds of racers who compete for bragging rights to one of 31 amateur national titles. For more information about ATVA, visit www.atvaonline.com.