Can-Am X-Team racers Kevin Cunningham and Bryan Buckhannon finished first and second, respectively, at the 2016 Tomahawk Grand National Cross Country series race in Odessa, N.Y. on June 11. Cunningham continued the Can-Am X-Team’s winning streak to six races in a row with his impressive victory.
“Our racers have definitely found their groove, having won the last six 4X4 Pro class races,” said Jeff Leclerc, racing project leader, Can-Am. “Kevin Cunningham continues to impress us with both his attitude and race-day approach. He has his Can-Am Renegade X xc 1000R ATV dialed in at every round, and his current class points lead is indicative of that fact.”
The 4X4 Pro class race at round eight came down to the wire as Cunningham and Buckhannon, the defending class champion, battled for the win and a spot on the 10 a.m. overall podium. Buckhannon led the first two laps before Cunningham took over the lead for the next two loops. On the fifth-and-final lap, Cunningham and Buckhannon swapped the lead, but Cunningham again found his way to the front and took the win by eight seconds.
It was the third win and sixth podium of the year for Cunningham, who also finished third on the 10 a.m. overall podium. The Renegade 1000R ATV racer now owns a 16-point lead in the race for the 4X4 Pro class championship with five rounds remaining. Buckhannon’s second straight runner-up finish has pushed him to sixth in the class standings. Rob Smith was fifth on his Can-Am Renegade ATV.