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15th annual Toby Jorgensen Memorial Benefit Race is today

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Posted: Saturday, July 13, 2013 12:00 am

The Lodi Motorcycle Club welcomes you to the 15th annual Toby Jorgensen Memorial Benefit Race today. This race lets us honor a superb young man by raising money for other fallen riders.

Toby, born in 1982, started as a rank Novice rider, and by the age of 17 quickly rose to become one of the very best. Despite that standing, almost none of Toby’s fellow students knew they were laughing, joking and growing up with someone so talented.

Those who watched him begin his racing career at age 5 still talk about how Toby’s racing heritage from his grandfather, uncle and father was readily observable from the very start. Starting as a PeeWee, Toby rose through the racing ranks in D36, taking the high-point championship in every class he raced in, earning the 80cc BP No. 1 four times, BP No. 1 in his first year in the Open class, winning the Amateur Nationals seven times and the 100cc National four times.

Toby became a Pro-Sport rider at age 16, and took four months to turn Pro-Expert. Toby earned his GNC license and entered straight into the GNC wars. His first GNC race was at Daytona in March 1999. Toby placed 12th in the Main. In August Toby took second at the Peoria TT, followed by the Springfield GNC and then his final race at Dallas.

The LMC and the Nor Cal dirt track community was stunned by Toby’s death and leaped into action, creating the first Toby Memorial race to help pay hospital bills. It was decided that an annual benefit race, where proceeds would go to help other riders who suffered injuries, would be the best way to honor Toby. The following year the LMS also created a scholarship in Toby’s name for Linden High School. The Toby Memorial has served to raise money for injured riders and Linden High School students since its inception.

Help us pay our respects to Toby Jorgensen. Take a walk around the LMC clubhouse, see the pictures of Toby and his family. Check out the 2009 Stockton Mile poster where Toby is on a Harley, feet up, throttle pinned and eyes looking far, far down the track. Toby lived every minute of his young life to the fullest, and his spirit, drive and commitment to be the best lives on in this race.

Tamara Toms

Lodi Motorcycle Club

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