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MOTOCROSS RACING

Lancaster moves to the top of the leader board in Las Vegas

Superbike 600 points leader
By: Staff Report
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LAS VEGAS, Nev. _ Lincoln’s Tucker Lancaster continued making a strong showing in the WERA Series of motorcycle racing as he finished with two seconds and a third place on the Las Vegas Motor Speedway Feb. 8-10.

Lancaster’s second-place finish in the superbike 600 put him on top of the leader board in that category.

That Friday, Lancaster had a lot of the same troubles he’d experienced at the beginning of his 2013 debut at California Speedway in January. His bike kept shutting down on the straight-aways.

After going to his backup bike, his performance greatly improved thanks to some assistance from Barry Wressell of KFG and GP Suspension. He was also able to try out some new GP fork cartridges.

Things went well until entering a middleweight solo 20-lap race that Saturday. In 50-degree temperature and gusting winds, he trailed only teammate Joey Pascarella going into the 14th lap. That’s when his foot began slipping off the peg causing him to go wide into turns.

He soon discovered his foot was covered in oil because of an oil leak on his bike. He was unable to finish the race. Fortunately, the leak was fixed before race time on Sunday.

The next day, Lancaster got off to a good start in the superbike 600 but Pascarella beat him into the first turn. That was as good as Pascarella would do as he crashed during the second lap to bring out the red flag.

“It sucks seeing your teammate having such a bad crash, “Lancaster reported, “but it’s something that I can’t think about while I’m out there racing.”

That meant Lancaster’s biggest obstacle would be Jake Gagne, who was keying off Lancaster in the turns to gain ground. Jake Gagne eventually took the lead on the last lap and Lancaster was unable to catch up after being forced into a huge wheelie that cost him precious time.

In Lancaster’s two other races that day, he entered the 1000 superstock race and moved up from the fifth row into third place. The race was early in the day and it was still cold but not as windy as the day before. Going against the bigger bikes, Lancaster knew he would have to combine strategy and skill in order to compete.

“The 1000s go fast on the straight-aways but aren’t as fast on the brakes and the turns,” wrote Lancaster. “Racing with the 1000s made me have to make sure I carry my corner speed and make up time where it counts against them.”

After a red flag delay, Lancaster moved up into second position. But the Lincoln racer couldn’t hold off racer David Anthony and crossed the finish line in third. However, Anthony was later disqualified on an infraction giving Lancaster the No. 2 position.

In the 600 superstock, Lancaster was trailing leader Pascarella when a red flag came out. That gave Jake Gagne a chance to gain ground. Lancaster was able to hold him off until the local rider made a bad decision on the final lap.

Lancaster decided to go out around a lapped rider and Gagne quickly went to the rider’s inside. That gave Gagne the opportunity he needed to claim second place with Lancaster coming in third.

“I was very happy with my finishes throughout the weekend considering the competition I was up against,” wrote Lancaster. “It feels awesome to be walking away with the 600 superbike points lead, I hope to keep it that way for the rest of the year!”

Lancaster also had the third-fastest lap time clocking 1:17.8.

Besides his parents, Lancaster expressed his appreciation for his sponsors Mike Pascarella, CT Racing, Pirelli, Jason Pridmore’s STAR School, EDR Performance, Pacific Track Time, Regina Chain, Motorex, GP Suspension, KFG suspension, FMF, Drippin Wet, Hot Bodies, Cycle Gear, Mach 1 Motorsports, GPR steering stabilizers, ODI, Zero Gravity, Arnette, Cortech, Vesrah, GB Racing.