John Gessner – Recipient of 2013 Peter Lenz 45 Scholarship

John Gessner, recipient of the 2013 Peter Lenz 45 Scholarship

John Gessner, recipient of the 2013 Peter Lenz 45 Scholarship

Peter Lenz 45 Scholarship

Shortly after his untimely passing at 13-years-old during the USGPRU at Indianapolis Motor Speedway Aug. 29, 2010, Peter Lenz’s family began a scholarship to assist younger motorcycle racers.

The Peter Lenz Forever 45 Scholarship honors Lenz’s memory by awarding annual equipment and training scholarships to a deserving youth rider who displays the characteristics that made the young racer a champion both on and off the track.

Though American, the Orlando native cut his national teeth racing the Canadian National Mini Road Racing Series where he won several national championships.

The Peter Lenz Forever 45 Scholarship has selected a fellow Washington state youth rider following those same steps – 14-year John Gessner, the program’s 2013 recipient. Gessner is the current number-two placeholder in WMRRA, having won many races and WMRRA’s Peter Lenz Memorial 125 GP class championship.

John Gessner says: “I would personally like to thank the Lenz family for all the helpful advice on and off the track, and thanks to the Forever 45 Scholarship  Peter was the fastest racer I’ve known. I am blessed to have the support of the people and companies behind the Forever 45 Scholarship.”

This year through the generous support of the racing community and Peter’s sponsors, the Forever 45 Scholarship is able to provide Gessner the following safety gear and training for the 2013 season:

  • Corsair V helmet from Arai Helmets
  • Sidi boots from Motonation
  • Innersuit from Performance Under Gear (PUG)
  • Phantom gloves from Held USA
  • Custom chest and back protector from Impact Safe-T Armor
  • One day 1:1 on track instruction from California Superbike School

More information on the Peter Lenz Forever 45 Scholarship can be found at

More information on Gessner and his racing can be found on his Facebook page.

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