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The Dominator Richard Pelchat - Seven Time Canadian ATV Champion

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Seven time Canadian ATV Champion Richard Pelchat - Photo by Harlen Foley
Seven time Canadian ATV Champion Richard Pelchat - Photo by Harlen Foley
It would be reasonable to make the comparison that seven time Canadian ATV Champion Richard Pelchat is the Tiger Woods of Canadian ATV racing - in the purest sense of athletic achievements only mind you. Pelchat first began racing in 1999, meaning he has won the championship seven out of ten attempts, and the first five came in a row. Using baseball as another sport analogy, that's a 700 batting average. We wondered how that kind of ATV racing dominance was even possible - so we asked him.
Richard Pelchat began racing with his brother and a friend on a race quad they pieced together - Photo by Harlen Foley
Richard Pelchat began racing with his brother and a friend on a race quad they pieced together - Photo by Harlen Foley


"I have always put all my heart into each race and into every season. In my mind, with every race, failure or second place is not an option. It can be very difficult and exhausting to remain focused like that, but at the end, I come home with the number one plate."

"I also always make sure I have the best possible ATV, for the past two years my Can-Am DS 450 has really helped to make my job easier. I also never take my competition for granted, so I always make sure I have done my homework. I am never overly confident, but deep down I always believe I can do it. As far as how many more I can win, well, the competition is getting deeper, but I still do think I will win a few more."

"2009 was my tenth year racing ATVs, but with all the memories I have already acquired, it seems like 30 years."
Richard Pelchat has been racing ATV's for 10 years - Photo by Harlen Foley
Richard Pelchat has been racing ATV's for 10 years - Photo by Harlen Foley


Pelchat began racing with his brother and a friend, on a pieced together race quad. He enjoys all motorsports in general and says that if it has an engine and it's race-ready, you can count him in. However, he doesn't see making the leap to another professional motorsport anytime in the near future.

"My fiancé really likes car drag racing though, like NHRA, so I might be doing some crew chief work and get her to race a '69 Camaro. Hum, crew chief... maybe for half a season only, and then I'll get a car for myself. A faster car of course, because I hate to lose," adds Pelchat laughing.

"I have been using K&N air filters with great success and for quite a few of my championships. I really like the added horsepower and the easy cleaning, easy oiling. The filters are super easy to use."

"As of right now, we are working on the schedule for my tenth season, but so far nothing is set in stone, except that I will be on the starting line with the will to win - even more than ever."

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