locations in the heart of Southern
California) to put together a team.
Pablo Veglia is the owner of the business, but beyond that, he’s a legitimate racer. He has a resume that
includes everything from side-by-side
racing to a motorcycle trials and even
a Supermoto championship. He’s also
an accomplished helicopter pilot and
was flying fixed-wing aircraft by the
age of 14. He’s one of those guys
who can do anything, so making a
Maverick that can beat RZRs wasn’t
Team Del Amo Motorsports has been
key in the Maverick underground, bucking the RZR trend.
Pablo Veglia is the owner of Del Amo
during the week and a BRP factory
racer on weekends. He also flies helicopters, races Supermoto and is a talented trials rider.
that much of a challenge. He chose
Melville as a teammate because Kyle
was used to being the underdog,
driving a Kawasaki Teryx in WORCS
and the Alta Vista desert series.
The reason you don’t see many
Mavericks in competition is straight-
forward. Can-Am is just getting start-
ed in the sport UTV world, whereas
Polaris has been at it for a long time.
Polaris had already been making
UTVs for 11 years before building the
first sport side-by-side in 2007. Then
it was another four years before the
900, which is the model that made
UTV racing come alive. Can-Am, on
the other hand, made its first utility
UTV just four years ago, and the
arrival of the Maverick sport machine
in late 2012 represents a period of
hyper-evolution. That accelerated
development is still ongoing with the
help of grass-roots race teams. BRP
keeps close tabs on their products
being used in competition, and can
make quick changes in production
based on feedback from racers.
The Del Amo team has been part
of that process. For instance, “At
first we were having a problem with
belts overheating,” reports Melville.
“We found a way to improve airflow
through the belt housing, and that
became a late change on all the pro-
duction Mavericks in 2013.”
The Mav has some attributes that
made it a good racer from the start.
“The frame is a little overbuilt,” says
Melville. “It doesn’t need any gus-
seting or reinforcement. You can
roll it over, and it always comes up
straight.” The Can-Am does have
some shortcomings, too, particu-