Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Coulthard captures Pro-Am motocross race

250 2-Stroke winner at Emmett

For the Express

Wood River High senior Lane Coulthard raced his Yamaha YZ 250 to victory Saturday, June 1 at the Gem County Arena Cross race in Emmett, Idaho. The race drew around 200 motocross competitors from all over the western U.S.
    Coulthard, 17, led a full gate of 30 racers in the 250 2-Stroke event—circling the arena’s cross track for 20 laps, flying over jumps and rhythm lanes, and banking corners that nearly lay the bike sideways.
    His first-place finish added a massive trophy to the Hailey teen’s collection of motocross awards.
    Coulthard fell in love with dirt bike racing at age 13. At 15, he won the Western Idaho Motocross Championship on a Honda 150. As he grew, the bikes got bigger and the rider got faster. He hopes to qualify for the Mammoth Motocross National in 2014.
    Keeping the edge in a sport like motocross requires a lot of time on the road. Coulthard spends many weekends traveling to races and training tracks all over the west.
    And training in the Wood River Valley can be a particular challenge in the winter. From December through April, Coulthard often gets up at 5 a.m. and drives south to train on snow-free Southern Idaho dirt tracks.
    He said, “Between races and training, I spend many weekends on the road. I’m lucky to have the support of my patient mom and sister, Heather Linhart and Emma Coulthard.”
    To maintain balance in his life, Lane enjoys school and takes an active interest in the community. An honor roll student, he is vice president of the Wood River High School Student Council and a member of the Wood River Land Trust Student Conservation Council.
    He has been accepted into an exclusive Junior Statesman Association summer school program at Stanford University. For three weeks in July, he will board at the Stanford dorms and take an AP class in US Government. Focusing on government and leadership, the program includes evening programs in debate and a lecture series by industry and government leaders.
    Coulthard plans to ride when he can.
    “Living in the Wood River Valley has conditioned me to concentrate a year’s worth of training into the weeks and weekends available to me,” he said. “You have to set priorities and make the most of the time you’ve got. I feel confident that I will be able to make up the training time and will finish well in next year’s races.”

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