Tuesday, October 8, 2013


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Watch as Can-Am Maverick race teams take on the brutal desert races. From Best in the Desert to WORCS to SCORE International Baja, the Can-Am Maverick 1000R makes for a successful platform on which to build a championship. Thanks to Murray Racing, Del Amo Racing, Marc Burnett, Motoworks and many more. And, a special thanks for UTVUnderground.com for the footage.


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First-Ever Vegas To Reno Win For Can-Am

Valcourt, Québec, August 21, 2013 – Team Murray Racing / Del Amo Motorsports / Yoshimura / Can-Am® made history as it won the UTV Pro class at the 2013 BITD Vegas to Reno race in Nevada. The Can-Am Maverick™ 1000R X® rs team completed the 540-plus mile course in 12:05:22.689 to earn its first class win of 2013.

“It was an incredible weekend for Can-Am in the Nevada desert. Despite a grueling 500 mile-plus course, drivers Derek and Jason Murray, their teammates and the Can-Am Maverick 1000R outlasted the Nevada desert to earn Can-Am its first-ever Vegas To Reno victory,” said Jimmie O’Dell, Race Manager, Can-Am. “Considering the fact that the Murray’s are essentially using a stock engine and are competing against fully built race engines, this makes the win even more spectacular for both Can-Am and the Murray team.”

Round four of the 2013 BITD series was held in the rough-and-rocky Nevada desert, and featured the popular-and-challenging Vegas To Reno event, which is dubbed the longest off-road race in the United States. Coming into the event, the Murray Racing / Del Amo Motorsports / Yoshimura / Can-Am team was sitting in second place in the UTV Pro class (1900 P) standings, 22 points behind the leader. However, after the dust had settled, the Murray / Can-Am team had won its first BITD Vegas To Reno event. And, the team also had turned its points deficit into a four-point advantage heading into the next round.

“Winning this race was one of our biggest accomplishments due to the length of the race and that our Can-Am Maverick was awesome, with no performance issues. This was a fun race to win, as we were running within minutes of our main competitors for most of the entire race.” said Derek Murray. “It's really cool that we could win with a stock engine along with stock differentials and CVs. To be the only UTV team in the race that beat all the 120- to130-mph trophy trucks to the finish line was a huge accomplishment, something that our team is very proud of."

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The Murray’s Maverick took off first from the starting line and the team wasted no time spreading the gap over the competition. It owned around a 10-minute advantage at the 100-mile mark, according to team co-owner Derek Murray. At midpoint of the race, three teams were battling for the overall lead. Those teams actually swapped the lead a few times during the 380- to 415-mile sections, said Murray. The race for the lead picked up from there, as the Murray team swapped positions with two other teams that were vyying for the lead. After the 415-mile mark, though, the Maverick had dropped off the lead pace when the race hit the high-speed sections. However, the Murray squad kept a steady pace and remained patient, waiting for its opportunity to regain the lead. The Murray / Can-Am team took over after the leader dropped out due to a mechanical and went on to win its first BITD race of 2013 and the first Vegas To Reno event for Can-Am.

The Murray / Can-Am team (Derek and Jason Murray, Bill Kugel and Monty Aldrich) impressively finished 32nd out of 76 motorcycles, ATVs and side-by-sides competing in its racing category. The No. 1917 Can-Am Maverick was also the only side-by-side to finish ahead of the high-speed, Unlimited four-wheel vehicles and trophy trucks that started the race roughly three hours after the side-by-sides. Murray says it was just the second time in BITD history that a SxS has finished ahead of the unlimited vehicles.

Two other Can-Am Maverick vehicles completed the Vegas To Reno event. Michael Lansky’s Avid Racing team finished sixth overall, and Cory Sappington (Dezert Toyz) ended up ninth. The next BITD series race is October 11-13, the BlueWater Challenge, in Parker, Ariz.

For more information on Can-Am racing, the 2013 schedule, the ’13 contingency program and Can-Am DS 450 ATV amateur racer support program, visit www.can-amxteam.com.

BRP (TSXOO) is a global leader in the design, development, manufacturing, distribution and marketing of powersports vehicles. Distributed in 105 countries, its portfolio of brands and products includes Ski-Doo and Lynx snowmobiles, Sea-Doo watercraft, Can-Am all-terrain and side-by-side vehicles, Spyder roadsters, Evinrude outboard engines, as well as Rotax propulsion systems. BRP employs approximately 6,800 people worldwide.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013



Murray racing along with Del Amo Motorsports and Can-Am hit Ensenada for the SCORE Baja 500.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013


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Murray Racing Finishes BITD Silver State 300 On the Podium

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Las Vegas NV May 4, 2013, Murray Racing was excited to line up early at the Silver State 300. This race marks the halfway point of the extremely completive 2013 BITD season.  Coming off a 3rd place finish at the 2013 Mint 400 Murray racing had set high goals for the Silver State 300.  As the sun came up over the Nevada desert one by one each competitor tore off on the 300 mile epic adventure.  Murray Racing was the third Pro UTV off the line.  We set a pretty good pace the first 100 miles. Our Maverick was humming! We had spent a significant amount of time the week prior dialing in our newly developed Factory designed Lone Star Racing Long Travel Kit. The time spent paid off, our suspension worked flawless.  At mile 150 we made a drivers change and continued on course.  At this point the battle for position started to heat up.  We had been running in the top five all day between second and fifth. As we neared the 160 mile marker we noticed the brakes were starting to go out.  We pulled off course at about mile 220 to evaluate the situation.  After bleeding the brakes a few times we jumped back in the car and off we went. Bleeding the brakes helped a little, we maybe had 10-20% of our normal braking. We ended up having to bleed the brakes two or three times over the next 30 miles to keep things safe.  As we came into the final pit we saw Cognito pulling out about a half mile ahead.  Having started two positions ahead of us we knew that Cognito had to beat us by more than a minute on corrected time in order to take 3rd. With 50 miles left to race, virtually no brakes and a half mile to make up on a very fast Cognito race team we knew we had to push our Maverick in order to take over 3rd  place.  We blew through the final pit and the chase was on! Turn after turn we slowly were getting closer to their dust cloud. With about 20 miles left in the race, we knew we were close enough to have them on corrected time. We decided to ride their dust to the finish line instead of making a potentially dangerous pass with poor brakes.  For about 10 miles we followed them before the dust settled and we were able to pass when they encountered another mechanical issue and had to pull off.  We finished the 2013 Silver State 300 with a 3rd place finish. Can-Am did a great job when they built the Maverick. We are the only team running in the top with a stock engine and clutch setup. This goes to show the true power of the Can-Am Maverick!! Overall we had one flat tire and brake issues resulting in a little over 15 minutes of down time.  We are happy to finish on the podium. We look forward to the Baja 500 at the end of the month. This finish puts the 1917 Can-Am team in second place overall half way through the 2013 BITD season!

Murray Motorsports would like to thank the wonderful support of our sponsors. Can Am for building one of the best, most reliable and fast Side by Sides on the Market. ITP for producing the toughest tire on the market and rims to hold up the most grueling conditions. Yoshimura for awesome exhaust, and fuel management systems, Lone Star for suspension kits that gets abused to the limit and somehow they keep the team fast and get them to the finish line. Fox for shocks that make the rough desert seem smooth. Del Amo Motorsports for being a great sponsor and team mate. AMR Racing for the best looking and most durable graphic kits in the industry. K&N for the best air filters available. Beard seating for the awesome newly designed seats that are so comfortable. Torco for lubricants that keep our drive train reliable. LazerStar lighting for turning night into day. Dead Rabbit clothing for all the help with Shirts, apparel, hats, and Marketing material so the team can look good and represent the industry! UTVunderground.com the best source of information in the industry, and amazing photos! And to our team who helps prep, and support us at each event, we could not do it without you.

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Photos by Joey DiGiovanni - UtvUnderground.com

Tuesday, February 12, 2013


Sunday, February 10, 2013



Check out the latest video of our Chop and Drop Can-Am Maverick testing at the track with Del Amo Motorsports.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013



After narrowly missing the BITD UTV Pro class title by two points this year in the Can-Am Commander 1000, Derek and Jason Murray will now move into the 2013 Can-Am Maverick 1000R for next season.

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