Can-Am/Motoworks team Wins Canada’s 12 Hours of La Tuque
La Tuque, Quebec, CA (05/20/2012) – The Can-Am/Motoworks team of Josh Frederick, Dillon Zimmerman and Collins Webster took on the 12 Hour of La Tuque and pulled off their second consecutive Pro ATV class win.
Defending champions, Josh Frederick and Dillon Zimmerman were joined by Collins Webster, who was filling in for French racer Jeremie Warnia, who could not attend due to a championship race in Europe.
The 12 hour event is broken down into three four hour sessions that are run on a sandy, closed course track that gets incredibly rough. The team was running a new tire from DWT that is specially designed for sand and they worked incredibly well. The course was groomed before each segment, which was very welcomed but also presented its own set of challenges. “When they groomed the course, it would break down differently for each session so you never knew what to expect, but that kept it interesting,” explained Collins Webster.
Weather conditions for the race were hot and dusty, but that gave the Can-Am/Motoworks team an advantage as they are used to those conditions in the WORCS series. “It was really hot and dusty, but we’re all pretty used to that and I don’t think a lot of the local guys up there were, so we had a bit of an advantage,” said Josh Frederick.
For each session of the race, Dillon Zimmerman started for the team. Zimmerman rode for 1.5 hours before handing the quad over to Josh Frederick, who then rode for another 1.5 hours, before Collins Webster took control for the final hour.
During the first session, the team put in a total of 65 laps, giving them an early lead by two laps ahead of their competitors. “The first session went really well. The track got these huge whoops in it, but we never had any problems,” said Frederick.
The second session of the race was a night race that put a whole new perspective on things for Collins Webster. “That was the first time I have raced at night so it was a little different for me, but it was still a lot of fun and everything went really good. The track got kind of choppy, but it was nothing we haven’t seen before,” stated Webster.
During the second session, the team completed 61 laps and still had a two lap advantage over second place. “We just went out there and we rode as hard as we could because we wanted to get a good lead in case we ran into any problems out there,” said Dillon Zimmerman.
That strategy paid off for the team in the final session. “We were doing really well and we had a good lead but in the last few laps of the race, we caught a rock or something and it caused some problems. We had that two lap lead and it really made the difference for us because it allowed us to take the win,” said Frederick.
The Can-Am/Motoworks team finished the race with a total of 187 laps, in a time of 12:11:12.452, giving them their second victory at La Tuque. “This was a big deal for Can-Am and our team. This is a great event and we were really looking forward to it so taking the win made it even better,” stated Josh Frederick.