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Nov 7, 2002

A Call For Young Guns

Copyright 2002, Roadracing World Publishing, Inc.

We're collecting nominations for the Sixth Annual Roadracing World Young Guns feature, highlighting up-and-coming young road racers from the United States and Canada.

To qualify for the Young Guns feature a racer must be between the ages of 13 and 19, have finished in the top three in a sanctioned road race on a 125cc or larger motorcycle with full-size wheels, and reside within the United States or Canada.

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

Young Gun alumni include AMA National riders Nicky Hayden, Tommy Hayden, Michael Hannas and Chris Ulrich; Young Gun graduates who have gone on to continued success on the regional level include Ryan Burke, Adam Coco, Justin Long, Nathan Hester, Jonah Miller, Geoff Pestes, Jeremy Saathoff and Ben Walters, Jr.

Returning Young Guns for 2002 include Ryan Andrews, Steve Atlas, Jason DiSalvo, Danny Eslick, Andrew Hamblin, Jeffrey Harder, Roger Lee Hayden, Jake Holden, John Hopkins, Kevin Lacombe, Barrett Long, Tony "The Tiger" Meiring, Jason Perez, Chris Peris, Jason Peters, Chris Siebenhaar, Daniel Sinclair, Ben Spies, Megan Stiles, Jason Stiver, Cory West, Nicky Wimbauer and Logan Young.

Returning Young Guns should call David Swarts at (909) 245-6411 between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday to update their profile.

To nominate a new youngster for the latest Young Guns feature, call Roadracing World headquarters at 909-245-6411 and request a Young Guns questionnaire be mailed, FAXed or e-mailed to you. The questionnaire must be completed and returned by December 1, 2002 along with an action photo and a head shot suitable for magazine reproduction; all submitted photos must include permission to reproduce, from the photographer. Scans and photocopies of photos are not usable. Digital images must be high-resolution, or 300 dpi or higher at 4x6-inches. All photos must have the name of the rider and the photographer included, along with applicable additional information such as where and when the photo was taken, including the racetrack and race sanctioning body.

The mailing address is:

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

The Federal Express or other overnight delivery address is:

Roadracing World
Attn: Young Guns
581-C Birch St.
Lake Elsinore, CA 92530

The five Young Guns features to date appeared in the November 1997, March 1999, February 2000, March 2001 and February 2002 issues and can be seen on this website,

If you have any questions, call 909-245-6411 between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. PDT and ask to speak to David Swarts or e-mail