FROM THE STARTER'S gun to the checkered flag 12 hours later, Rick Cecco, Michael Swift and Cliff Beasley piloted Can-Am Outlander 800 ATVs to the front of the Utility Expert class in the 12 Hours of ATV America endurance race held last month near Greenville, Texas. The team never looked back and its lead was never in doubt for the entire duration of the race.
"We look to races like the 12 Hours of ATV America as a proving ground for the durability of our machines," said Bernard Guy, ATV marketing director at BRP. "Everyone at BRP Can-Am is proud of the effort put forth by the racers, and, of course, that the Outlander has proven itself once again."
As part of the Warnert Racing/Can-Am X-Team Grand National Cross Country (GNCC) team, Cecco, Swift and Beasley became a close-knit team as they raced with and against each other over the season. This edge added to the performance and reliability of the Can-Am ATVs led all three riders to win GNCC championships earlier this year and they were happy to add another trophy to the team's case.
"It was a great race and we enjoyed the course that was laid out," commented Cecco. "Michael (Swift) and Cliff (Beasley) rode extremely hard and it felt good to start out in front and stay there the entire race. The Outlanders we rode were the perfect machine for an endurance race like this, we couldn't have asked for more." Look for the three riders to defend their GNCC championships aboard Can-Am ATVs in 2008 out of the Warnert Racing/Can-Am X-Team race hauler.