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Written by Tim Kessel, Courtesy of

As much as we all love motorcycling, it’s a dangerous activity. Even when wearing the best of protective equipment and possessing the best training like racers do, every minute riding has the potential for tragedy. This fact was painfully evident at the Indianapolis MotoGP.

Thirteen-year-old racer, Peter Lenz of Vancouver, Washington, died after being hit by another racer when he fell off his bike on a warm up lap. Lenz was an up-and-coming racer in the MD250H class, which is a series that showcases riders ages 12 – 18. Lenz, who had been racing for 6 years, had won nine regional titles and nine national championships in various race series.

The following statement was released to the press after the incident. “On behalf of the Lenz family, we would like to thank Peter’s friends and supporters for all their help throughout the years. We are deeply saddened by the loss but know that Peter is racing even faster in the sky.”

While some will surely question competitive motorcycle racing at such a young age, MotoGP star Ben Spies made his first start in the 125cc series at 12.

All of us at All About Bikes and Competition Accessories offer our sincere condolences to the friends and family of this young champion.


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