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http://www.performanceundergear.com/PUG/images/Peter%20Lenz.jpg Peter Lenz' (born May 1997 in [[Vancouver,Washington]) is a nationally ranked American amateur motorcycle racer. He is a four time international champion, five time national champion and started competing in 125GP and 250GP racing in 2009 and is planning on continuing...[1].

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He was featured in Roadracing World’s 2009 Young Guns: North America’s Fastest Kids [2] feature.

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Racing Results

4 International (Can-Am) Championships, 5 National Championships, 9 Regional Championships and 1 Provincial Championship with 135 race wins and 43 additional podiums from years 2005-2009.

Gran Prix Racing

In 2009 Peter began racing full time on 125 GP race bikes. He competed in the USGPRU National Series and select WERA West, AFM, CCS SW and OMRRA races.

At the age of 11, Peter became the youngest licensed Expert racer in AFM (American Federation of Motorcyclists) history; the previous holder of that honor was American GP racer Randy Mamola. Peter also became the youngest rider to win an AFM race with his win in the Clubman Lightweight class on March 21, 2009 at Buttonwillow Raceway Park.

At the age of 11, Peter became the youngest licensed Expert racer in CCS (Championship Cup Series) history. He also became 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.[3]

After the first two rounds, Peter was leading the USGPRU (United States Grand Prix Racers Union) West Coast 125GP and 250GP class championships. [4] Mid-season Peter crashed into a tire wall [5] 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) requiring several surgeries. The arm also suffered a severed radial nerve. The accident effectively ended Lenz’s 2009 season and his run at the USGPRU 125GP and 250GP motorcycle road racing national championships. Full recovery is expected with plans to return to racing in 2010.

Early years

Peter began riding in the dirt on a Yamaha PW50 when he was 5 and quickly started racing it. He soon moved up to a KTM Pro Senior 50. At age 7 he transitioned to pocketbikes on pavement which he rode for the next 2 years, finishing with an undefeated season. [6] Peter then advanced to racing minis for 3 years on a variety of bikes including: Honda NSR50, KTM 65SX roadracer, Metrakit MiniGP 50 and 80 and Honda RSF150R.

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2005

2005 was Peter’s first season riding pocketbikes (see Pocketbike racing) as well as being a member of the BMS Factory Racing, USA Team[7]. He finished the season taking 4th Overall in the Junior division of OMRRA (Oregon Motorcycle Road Racing Association).

2006

In 2006 Peter rode a full season with OMRRA and joined Portland, Oregon based FNB Racing.

In March he traveled to France, to visit the BMS factory, and Spain where he placed 4th & 6th in an internationally attended pocketbike race.

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.

2007

In 2007 Peter rode undefeated in the 50cc classes for the Metrakit Canada Factory team [8] on a Metrakit 50 with ambitions of winning several Canadian National titles. Unfortunately, a startline crash [9] 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 Honda NSR50 and his KTM 65SX motard racer taking a total of 4 national wins, 34 regional wins, and an additional 14 podiums for the season.

2008

In 2008 Peter focused on full-size GP chassis bikes. The focus of his riding was to continue the development of his racecraft on MiniGP tracks on his Honda NSR50, KTM 65SX, and new Honda RS85 & Honda RSF150R in select CMA CNMRA, CMRRA, NMRRA, & SMRRC races. He also ran the Can-Am Mini Motorcycle Roadracing Championship Series [10] in which he won four National Champion titles. He also won the CMA Canadian National Formula Thunder Championship

Peter’s visibility increased significantly when a video of him titled, “Follow 10yr roadracer Peter Lenz at the Streets of Willow” was posted on YouTube and was viewed by tens of thousands and shared on hundreds of internet forums.

Peter’s Honda RSF150R was featured in RoadRacerX’s The Point feature. [11]

Peter began riding a Honda RS125 in the fall of 2008 and retired from mini racing on kart tracks. He raced his RS125 for the first time with WERA at Las Vegas Motor Speedway finishing in second place, five tenths of a second off the track record.

Peter was also awarded one of CMA's MAX Awards for the year.[12]

Coaching

The California Superbike School sponsors Peter [13]. Peter has repeatedly mentioned in interviews[14] that the school and it’s founder, Keith Code, are instrumental in his success as a racer.

Personal information

Peter lives with his parents and two sisters in Vancouver, WA. Peter trains by running, playing video games and riding motocross. In his spare time he enjoys ripstiking (see ripstik), cycling and video games. His weight is listed as 87 Ibs. as of 2009.

External links

References

  1. ^ Peter Lenz’s Official Results
  2. ^ Roadracing World’s 2009 Young Guns: North America’s Fastest Kids
  3. ^ Lenz sets 125 track record at Firebird International Raceway (East Course)
  4. ^ USGPRU Points Standings
  5. ^ Young Gun Peter Lenz Seriously Injured In Portland Crash
  6. ^ Peter Lenz’s Official Profile
  7. ^ Lenz joins BMS factory race team
  8. ^ Lenz signs with Metrakit Canada Factory team
  9. ^ Lenz breaks arm in startline crash
  10. ^ Can-Am Mini Motorcycle Roadracing Championship Series
  11. ^ Peter’s RSF150R was featured in RoadRacerX’s The Point feature.
  12. ^ Lenz was awarded CMA's MAX Awards for the year.
  13. ^ California Superbike School sponsors Peter Lenz
  14. ^ MotoGPod interviews 11-year old 125GP racer Peter Lenz

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