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Nov 1, 2009

A Call For Young Guns, Class Of 2010

Former Roadracing World Young Gun Ben Spies (19), the 2009 FIM Superbike World Champion.
We are collecting nominations for the 13th Annual Roadracing World Young Guns feature, highlighting up-and-coming young road racers from the United States and Canada.

Race sanctioning bodies are encouraged to nominate their young riders, and riders may nominate themselves.

To be considered for the Young Guns feature, a racer must be between the ages of 11 and 18 at the start of the 2010 season, have finished in the top three in a sanctioned Expert-level road race or Championship on a 125cc or larger motorcycle with full-size wheels, and reside within the United States or Canada. Racers with extraordinary Amateur racing resumes may also be considered. Teenagers with paid professional rides may or may not be excluded to make room for up-and-coming riders, as required by space limitations.

The Roadracing World Young Guns series started as an answer to critics who said America lacked up-and-coming young riders.

Returning Young Guns should call David Swarts at 951-245-6411 between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. (Pacific Time) Monday through Friday to quickly update their profile and arrange submission of photos.

To nominate a new youngster for the latest Young Guns feature, obtain, fill out and return a 2010 Young Guns questionnaire to Roadracing World by January 15, 2010. Once again, racers can nominate themselves. Questionnaires may be obtained by downloading them from the link on this page or by calling Roadracing World headquarters at 951-245-6411 and requesting that a questionnaire be e-mailed, FAXed or mailed to you (e-mail is preferred).

Questionnaires can be returned via e-mail, FAX (951-245-6417) or U.S. mail. We prefer that the questionnaires be returned via e-mail.

In addition to their completed questionnaires, candidates should also submit an action photo and a head shot suitable for magazine reproduction; each submitted photo must include written permission from the photographer for Roadracing World to publish it free of charge (an e-mail is acceptable). Scans and photocopies of photos are not usable. Digital images must be high-resolution, or 300 ppi/dpi or higher at 4 x 6 inches. All photos must have the name of the rider and the photographer included, along with when and where the photo was taken, including the racetrack and race sanctioning body. Photos will be returned.

The mailing address is: Roadracing World, Attn: Young Guns, P.O. Box 1428, Lake Elsinore, CA 92531-1428

The FedEx or other overnight delivery address is: Roadracing World, Attn: Young Guns, 581-C Birch St., Lake Elsinore, CA 92530.

Late and incomplete submissions may or may not be considered.

The 12 Young Guns features published to date appeared in the November 1997, March 1999, February 2000, March 2001, February 2002, April 2003, April 2004, May 2005, June 2006, April 2007, April 2008 and April 2009 issues.

If you have any questions, call 951-245-6411 between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. (Pacific Time) and ask to speak to David Swarts or e-mail dswarts@roadracingworld.com.

Download the 2010 Questionnaire here: ~/files/2010YoungGunsQuestionnaire.doc~