thrown away what they could throw away, and downsized
every tube to the legal limit. The bare-bones diet cut out
nearly 200 pounds, and it showed with multiple holeshots
and a regular spot on the podium. Matt finished out the year
in a close second.
THE CAN-AM DEAL
Just when the team had Matt’s XP 1000 completely dialed,
Can-Am threw a proverbial wrench in the works. A factory-
supported ride is what every racer strives for, and it was
definitely too appealing for Matt to turn down. They struck a
deal, and the Polaris got shelved for a whole new race pro-
gram. Matt was hired to race a Maverick for the SXS Pro and
the new Maverick Turbo for the SxS Unlimited.
Time constraints on getting new machines and building
and testing them were very tight, and to make things even
more difficult, the Turbo wasn’t even released yet. The Pro
Motorsports team quickly went to work on the two non-turbo
cars they were supplied with and would relay what they
learned to the Turbo car.
Leaning on the knowledge they gained last year, Pro
Motorsports focused on keeping the new race car as light