Motorcycle-Superstore.com rider Jamie Lanza was a double winner this weekend at the Prairie Dogs GP at Glen Helen Raceway, Round 2 of the AMA Big 6 Grand Prix Series.
Lanza won the 86-200cc LWT-II Expert and the WCGP 86-200cc Expert classes during the weekend aboard his trusty Husqvarna cycle. With the wins, Lanza became eligible for the Motorcycle Superstore/Bell Helmets contingency bonus.
“It was a busy weekend but it went well,” Lanza said. “My first race was the tougher of the two. I got a flat tire on the first lap and had to go in and change it out.”
Also qualifying for the Motorcycle Superstore/Bell Helmets bonus were Eric Yorba, who won the Heavyweight Expert Class, and Elizabeth Bash, who finished third in Women’s Expert.
Lanza’s biggest challenge came in the WCGP contest. He completed the first lap nearly a minute quicker than the second place rider but dropped all the way to third making his repairs in the pits.
The determined rider returned to the lead before the end of the third of eight laps. He’d go on to complete the race in 1 hour, 44 minutes, 8.1 seconds, a little more than three minutes ahead of second-place finisher Jesse Vanhoy.
“I had to work my way back to the lead on Saturday,” Lanza said. “That race was more intense than the Sunday race, which was uneventful for the most part. I got the holeshot and went from there.”
Lanza led the second race wire-to-wire, completing the four-lap event in 51:05, a little more than two minutes in front of the second-place ride.
“Glen Helen is as close as I’ve got to a home track,” he said. “It the closest of the Big 6 Series tracks to my house. The track was really high speed, which is different. It wasn’t too chewed up.
“The starts proved to be pretty important because there were a couple of sections of the course that were pretty dusty, and you want to get out front through those.”
Yorba also led wire-to-wire in the Heavyweight Expert race, finishing the nine-lap event in 1:48:37 aboard his KTM. Bash was third in her race aboard her Kawasaki with a final time of 53:41 over four laps.
Lanza said he’s exploring his options for a next race, but he said he’s definitely going after more Motorcycle Superstore/Bell Helmet bonus money at the next Big 6 GP event which is April 6-7 in 29 Palms, Calif.
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