9x National Champion

Peter Lenz
Photo by Michael Lenz

Peter Lenz
May 30, 1997 - August 29, 2010
Height-Weight: 4' 11" - 81 lbs
Hometown: Vancouver, WA USA

 

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Background

Peter began riding on a PW50 when he was 5 and started racing it shortly thereafter. He moved on to pocketbikes from a solid motocross background off a KTM Pro Senior 50. At age 7 he moved to pocketbikes for the next 2 years finishing with an undefeated season. Peter then advanced to racing 3 years of minis with a variety of bikes including: NSR50, KTM65 roadracer, Metrakit 50 and 80 and Honda RS150R. At 11, Peter began his 125GP career and set records, but was sidelined for most of that year from crash injuries. Off track, Peter trained by running and riding motocross in the backyard. He enjoyed ripsticking, cycling and video games.

Yearly Summaries

2010 proved that Peter didn't lose any speed over the last year. At mid-season he earned 1 regional championship, 5 national race wins and 8 national podium finishes. He was leading the USGPRU Moriwaki MD250H powered by Honda National Championship until his final weekend racing. He set the The Streets of Willow Springs 125GP track record of 1:19.29 on March 29, 2010. Peter passed away at Indianapolis MotorSpeedway on August 29, 2010 after crashing on curbing, then struck by another racer.

2009 began Peter's 125GP career, but he was sidelined for most of that year from mechanical failure related crash injuries.

While still 11 years old, Peter became the youngest licensed Expert racer in AFM (American Federation of Motorcyclists) history as well as the youngest rider to win an AFM race with his win in the Clubman Lightweight class on March 21, 2009 at Buttonwillow Raceway Park.

Peter also became the youngest licensed Expert racer in CCS (Championship Cup Series) history and the youngest rider to win a CCS race with his win in the 125GP class on March 1, 2009 at Firebird International Raceway (East Course). In the same day, Peter set a new 125GP track record of 59.14s.

After the first two rounds, Peter was leading the USGPRU (United States Grand Prix Racers Union) West Coast 125GP and 250GP class championships. However, mid-season Peter crashed into a tire wall at Portland International Raceway (PIR) on May 31, 2009 due to several mechanical failures. He suffered several broken bones, (tibia and fibula just above the boot line; a broken femur; and a broken humerus just above the elbow including a severed radial nerve) all requiring several surgeries.

The accident effectively ended his 2009 season and his run at the USGPRU 125GP and 250GP motorcycle road racing national championships. He completely recovered by late November and immediately started training for next year.

Peter did gather enough race wins to finish the incomplete year as the 3rd place champion in both CCS SW 125GP and USGPRU 250GP West Coast Regional.

2008 was a busy year as Peter transitioned to a full-size GP chassis bike. The focus was to continue the development of his racecraft on MiniGP tracks on his NSR50, KTM65, and new RS85 & RS150R in select CMA CNMRA, CMRRA, NMRRA, & SMRRC races. He also ran the Can-Am Mini Motorcycle Roadracing Championship Series in which he swept all the classes with four National Champion titles. He was also crowned the CMA Canadian National Formula Thunder Champion, bringing his national titles this year to five while adding three more regional titles and a new provincial title. He was also awarded one of CMA's MAX Awards for the year. Peter trained at sixteen California Superbike School days and two Code R.A.C.E schools on three different tracks to hone his riding techniques. He began riding a RS125 in the fall and retired from mini racing on kart tracks. He raced his RS125 with WERA at LVMS finishing five tenths off the track record. Full Results

Peter Lenz and Superbike School riding coach, Misti Hurst
Peter & California Superbike School coach, Dylan Code; Barber 2008

In 2007 Peter rode undefeated in the 50cc classes for the Metrakit Canada Factory team on a Metrakit 50 with ambitions of winning several Canadian National titles. Unfortunately, a startline crash resulted in a broken arm taking Peter out of the series and along with it, his ride with Metrakit. He finished the year aboard his trusty NSR50 and his KTM65 motard racer taking totals of 4 national wins, 34 regional wins, and an additional 14 podiums for the season. Full Results

Peter Lenz and Superbike School riding coach, Misti Hurst
Peter & California Superbike School coach, Misti Hurst; June 2007

2006 saw Peter riding a full season with OMRRA and joined 'big bike' team, FNB Racing for the season. In March he travelled to France and Spain to rub elbows with the Europeans where he placed 4th & 6th in an internationally attended race in Spain. In July Peter travelled to Calgary, Alberta and placed first in all his pocketbike classes. At the Canadian Mini Nationals sanctioned by the CMA in August at Quesnel, BC, Peter went home as the 2006 CMA Canadian National Open Pocketbike Champion & the Canadian Junior National Pocketbike Champion. Peter also raced his first year in MiniGP on his NSR50 finishing as the NMRRA Mini50 GP Class Champion. Peter completed the season as the OMRRA Junior Overall Pocketbike Champion and announced his retirement from pocketbikes. Full Results

2005 was his first season riding pocketbikes as well as being a member of the BMS USA Factory Racing team. During his first Novice race Peter took the holeshot and no sooner than he had an eight bike lead, he crashed. He picked up his bike and recovered to take a solid 2nd place. He finished the season taking 4th Overall in the Junior division of OMRRA (Oregon Motorcycle Road Racing Association). Full Results

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