Local WERA rider opens 2013 season in Fontana

Two top-five finishes
By: Staff Report
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Lincoln motocross rider Tucker Lancaster opened his 2013 racing season with two top-five finishes at the WERA West series at California Speedway in Fontana Jan. 12-13.

The cold front hanging over California made it difficult for Lancaster to get his motorcycle started for track-day on Saturday. The off-season layoff coupled with a problematic bike kept Lancaster from attaining the times he wanted once he got on the track. His fastest time was 1 minute 36 seconds.

“Usually, after the track-day before the race I feel ready,” Lancaster wrote in an e-mail, “but that wasn’t the case (that) weekend.”

Lancaster’s mechanic was able to correct the bike problems and a practice run behind Jake Lewis and Bryce Prince boosted Lancaster’s confidence a bit. The Lincoln teenager got his time down to 1:34, which he was happy with.

In Sunday’s 600 stock race, Lancaster had to go up against some fast pros. After falling from fourth place to fifth, Lancaster passed Tyler Linders to claim the No. 4 spot at the finish.

Lancaster started the 600 Superbike competition in the third row but managed to work his way up to fifth place. Although he moved up to fourth when Jeffey Tigert’s bike gave out, he was unable to hold that position and eventually ended up fifth.

Lancaster said he wasn’t surprised he didn’t place higher going up against AMA racers but he was able to get his time down to 1:32.6. That’s two seconds faster than he did in 2012.

“I feel like it was a pretty good weekend,” Lancaster said. “At least it ended how I wanted it to this time.”

Lancaster now heads for Las Vegas Motor Speedway Feb. 9-10 for his second race of the season.