Can-Am has a factory effort in ATV and UTV racing for the World Off-Road
Championship Series ( www.worcs racing.com). Josh is their main man, and he has
already captured two championships for them.
far. There is also an anti-theft mechanism that’s unneeded. BRP provided
an electrical device simply called the
“Gizmo” that disabled those features.
Motoworks designed twin pipes that
sound absolutely wicked and boost
the power over the stock output of 101
horsepower. And, the clutch is beefed
up somewhat; otherwise, the Rotax
motor is left alone.
The Maverick that Frederick races
is based on the 1000 X rs model,
which already has extremely high-end suspension components. The
shocks are Fox Podium X
Performance RC2.5 HPG piggybacks. Those were kept. But in testing, Frederick became increasingly
aware that the stockers are set up
for comfort more than racing. For
the deep sand whoops of WORCS,
they had to stiffen up the spring
rates as well as the damping. They
also found that in extreme racing
conditions, the steering rods could
be damaged. Holz provided
replacements. Turnkey UTV provided a gusset kit.
DWT developed its three-piece
Sector wheels around its
Commander racing program last
year, so naturally the Maverick
inherited those wheels, as well as
the 12-ply run-flat Moapa tires.
Frederick reports that he generally
runs fairly low tire pressure ( 8–10
pounds) and never worries about
tire or wheel damage.
After the Primm race, Josh let us
get behind the wheel of his
Maverick. To say it lightly, this thing
is a monster. It’s big inside and out.
The cockpit feels safe, and as you
look over the hood, you feel like
you’re in a Trophy Truck. That feel-
ing continues when you hit the
starter button. Thanks to the
Motoworks exhaust system, the
engine gives out a throaty bark with
instant throttle response. We lapped
the Maverick around the well-worn
WORCS course that was used the
day prior to our test. The suspension
still felt dialed in.
The shocks weren’t blown or soft.
In fact, the ride was a little stiff. In
the whoops, the cars skipped over
them and never kicked or bucked.
On the huge tabletops, the Maverick
flew straight and cleared them with
ease. In fact, that was the fastest part
of the track. We reached 60 mph just
Can-Am has yet to add power
steering to the Maverick, and Josh’s
racer lacked it as well. You really
had to muscle the big car around
the track. It did corner sharp and
handle the off-camber turns well.
Input through the wheel was heavy,
but it was tough to tell if it was from
the lack of EPS or due to the added
weight of the 12-ply tires. Like with
all Can-Am UTVs, we would have
added a slightly larger steering
No matter what our opinion is,
Fredrick’s Maverick is one tough
machine. It’s fast, a blast to drive in
the open desert or launch it off huge
jumps. We are confident Josh will
find himself on more podiums this
year, if not in the winner’s circle.
There’s no doubt that the war in
the side-by-side ranks is just getting
started. The Motoworks Maverick is
podium material right now, but it
seems like more racers are filing
into WORCS every week, so the
competition will only get more