Galfer USA has been a longtime sponsor of 17-year-old roadracer Marisol Lacour. Look for her in the WERA West series this year.
“Those are my favorite questions,” Marisol laughs.
Unfortunately, she is well aware that the answer to both questions is yes. In November of 2010, Marisol crashed and injured her shoulder. It took six months of healing and rehab before she got back to racing her Yamaha YZF-R6 in WERA West competition.
Marisol started riding when she was eight, and racing followed soon after. She’s not one to let something like an injury slow her down for long. “When I first started riding, I was eight and my dad had gotten me a pocket bike,” Marisol says. “He found a club out here, and I went to a race and placed. I actually placed my first race!”
The Moorpark, California, racer moved up to racing NSRs, and eventually switched to a Suzuki SV650 when she was 14. Marisol rode that for her novice season and first year of expert racing before graduating to the R6.
Eventually, Marisol hopes to compete in AMA Pro Racing. She also hopes she can balance a professional racing career with college: Marisol, who graduates high school in May, is already taking classes at a local community college. She plans to pursue a degree in either chemical or electrical engineering.
Marisol has a lot more than just bikes and college courses to keep her busy. She cycles, works part-time at the smoothie shop Jamba Juice, and she admits to being a Left for Dead and Assassin’s Creed addict.
For now, Marisol is keeping her motorcycle talents on the track. Her dad bought her a 250 after she got her motorcycle license, but she got a car a short while later. “I didn’t like riding on the street at all. I’ve had that racer’s mentality for so long that it’s hard to go the speed limit!” she says.
For a girl who grew up with speed, that’s no surprise. It’s one of the things that attracts sponsors like Galfer USA to Marisol’s racing program. “My sponsors have been a huge help the past couple of years,” she says. “Galfer was one of my first sponsors when I was little. ”
Marisol is grown up now, and only getting faster.