Elizabeth Bash in Round 1 of the Big 6 Grand Prix at Honolulu Raceway Park.
Elizabeth Bash put Motorcycle-Superstore.com
on the top of the podium Sunday in the opening round of the Big 6 Grand Prix, winning the women's class at Honolulu Raceway Park with a strong ride that puts her into the championship lead.
Jamie Lanza and Gary Sutherlin also had solid performances in their respective classes, with Lanza getting an easy victory in 200cc Expert and Sutherlin taking third in Pro.
Bash, who has been making the transition from motocross to off-road racing in recent years, said she arrived at the event riding a wave of good vibes.
"Coming in, I was pretty excited because I got to run the W1 plate," she said. "I came in with a lot of confidence and I was really looking forward to the start of the season."
The race was challenging, Bash admitted, but she took advantage of her MX background to propel her to the top of the podium.
"I knew I had to get a good start and put some solid laps in early," Bash said. "If I started fast, I knew I'd have no problems riding to the best of my abilities the entire time.
"The track had big motocross sections and I really enjoyed getting to them. I'm not the greatest when it comes to the off-road technical stuff, but I knew this track had jumps and other motocross features that some of the other girls don't normally do. That was a big plus for me for sure."
Lanza, who also flew Motorcycle-Superstore.com colors during the weekend, had little trouble handling the 200cc Expert class aboard his factory Husqvarna.
"It came together fairly easily for me because there wasn't much competition in the class," Lanza said. "I got the holeshot and led start-to-finish both days. It was pretty uneventful except for the last lap on the second day when I had to ride the all the way around on a flat tire. Fortunately I had a big enough lead that it didn't hurt me.
"The Dirt Diggers put together a really fun track. This track can get really rough and choppy in places but it wasn't too bad this time. It was pretty fast and I was able to move up through the pack when I needed to."
Sutherlin was third in the Pro Class aboard his Zip-Ty Kawasaki KXF450. With their finishes all three riders qualified for the Motorcycle-Superstore.com/Bell Helmet contingency bonus.
Up next for Bash is a World Off-Road Championship Series event in Nevada this weekend, while Lanza said he probably won't race again until the second round of the Big 6 GP Series, which takes place next month at Glen Helen Raceway in Devore, Calif.
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