MCSS Riders Score Off Road Racing Wins

April 9, 2013
Courtesy of Geiger Media
Maria Forsberg battled with fellow Motorcycle-Superstore rider
Kacy Martinez for the GNCC win at Steele Creek.

Maria Forsberg and Jamie Lanza scored a pair of impressive victories over the weekend to lead the charge for riders competing under the Helmet umbrella.

Forsberg travelled across the country from her home in Lynnwood, Wash., to edge fellow Motorcycle Superstore-supported rider Kacy Martinez in the women’s bracket at the FMF Steele Creek GNCC event in Morganton, N.C. Forsberg completed the four-lap main in 1:48:53.859 on her KTM, with North Carolina’s own Martinez slightly more than a minute back at 1:50:04.468, also on a KTM.

Andrew Delong maintained his lead in the XC2 Pro Lites with a hard-fought, fourth-place finish in Morganton. Delong was with the front group throughout the exhaustive seven-lap main but had a big spill near the end and finished half a minute back in 3:06:34.296 on his FAR Husqvarna.

“I had a hard time finding my groove,” said Delong, as he returned to his team’s shop in Salem, Ohio. “Every time I pushed it I ended up on the ground. I have to remember that it’s all about the big picture at the end of the year. I got good points, even on a tough day, and that will be big as the year goes along.”

Lanza of Calimesa, Calif., had a busy weekend of his own, racing in two separate events in his native Southern California.

On Saturday, he won the West Coast GP 86-200 Expert class at 29 Palms Motorsports Arena, leading the eight-lap race from start to finish in 1:44.00 on his Husqvarna. He then entered the MTA World Two-Stroke Championship at Glen Helen Raceway on Sunday and had finishes of 8-7 that placed him seventh overall in the 125 Pro category.

Jamie Lanza.
Jamie Lanza during the Two-Stoke Championship.

“I wasn’t completely happy with my final result at the Two-Stroke Championship but it was some of the most fun I’ve had on a motorcycle ever,” Lanza said. “Racing more than 20 guys on 125cc two-stroke motorcycles is every bit as fun as it sounds.”

Gary Sutherlin of Hesperia, Calif., joined Lanza in the two-stroke fun at Glen Helen, riding his Yamaha to a fourth-place overall finish with moto results of 5-4 in the Open Pro class.

Meanwhile, Elizabeth Bash of El Cajon, Calif., was runner-up in the Women’s Expert class at 29 Palms, completing the four-lap race in 52:44 on her Kawasaki.

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