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Sep 23, 2013

Roadracing World Young Gun Ian Tetrick Wins AMA Road Race Horizon Award At VIR

Roadracing World Young Gun and 2013 AMA Road Race Horizon Award winner Ian Tetrick (9). Photo by Brandon Bones/Studio819 Photography.

Roadracing World Young Gun Ian Tetrick, a 15-year-old from Sutton, West Virginia, has won the 2013 AMA Road Race Horizon Award for his performance during this past weekend's AMA Road Race Grand Championships at VIRginia International Raceway.

Tetrick, riding an MRP Motorsports/MWR Racing-backed Kawasaki ZX-6R, placed second to veteran Seth Starnes in both the Expert AMA SuperSport 600cc and the Expert AMA SuperBike 600cc races.

AMA Road Race Grand Championships VIRginia International Raceway Alton, Virginia September 21-22, 2012 Results (listed in chronological order):

Expert AMA SuperSport 1000cc: 1. Paul Scalph (Suz GSX-R1000) 2. Arnold Hastings (Suz GSX-R1000) 3. Jeremy Cook (BMW S1000RR)

Expert AMA SuperSport 600cc: 1. J. Seth Starnes (Yam YZF-R6) 2. Ian Tetrick (Kaw ZX-6R) 3. Christian Crosslin (Suz GSX-R600) 4. Jason Zelibor (Suz GSX-R600) 5. George Letakis (Suz GSX-R600) 6. Gavin Elstad (Yam YZF-R6)

Amateur AMA SuperSport 600cc: 1. Jason Lawson (Hon CBR600RR) 2. Andrew Gardner (Yam YZF-R6) 3. Adrian Hackett (Yam YZF-R6) 4. Jasin Kania (Kaw ZX-6R)

Expert AMA 250cc GP: 1. Anthony Mazziotto, III (Mor MD250H) 2. Brandon Paasch (Mor MD250H) 3. David Johnson (KTM 570) 4. Palmer Kling (Kling (Mor MD250H)

Expert AMA Moto 3: 1. Palmer Kling (Mor MD250H) 2. Brandon Paasch (Mor MD250H) 3. Cyril Whitter, III (Hon RS125) 4. Stu Aitken-Cade (Hon RS125)

Amateur AMA Moto 3: 1. Matthew Wallace (Hon RS125) 2. Nicholas Swensgard (Mor MD250H) 3. Jackson Blackmon (Hon 150)

Expert AMA SuperSport Lightweight Twins: 1. Anthony Mazziotto, III (Suz SV650) 2. Charlie Mavros (Duc 1000) 3. Greg Reisinger (Suz SV650) 4. Jason Zelibor (Suz SV650) 5. David Johansen (KTM 570)

Amateur AMA SuperSport Lightweight Twins: 1. Tristan Avery (Suz SV650) 2. Tommy Wilson (Suz SV650)

Expert AMA SuperBike 600cc: 1. J. Seth Starnes (Yam YZF-R6) 2. Ian Tetrick (Kaw ZX-6R) 3. Justin Jones (Suz SV650) 4. Christian Crosslin (Suz SV650)

Amateur AMA SuperBike 600cc: 1. Jeff Schoff (Kaw ZX-6R) 2. Andrew Gardner (Yam YZF-R6) 3. Darron Fuller (Duc 848) 4. Jason Lawson (Hon CBR600RR) 5. Jasin Kania (Kaw ZX-6R) 6. Greg L’Heureux (Yam YZF-R6)

Expert AMA SuperBike 1000cc: 1. Eric Helmbach (BMW S1000RR) 2. Paul Scalph (Suz GSX-R1000) 3. Paul DeCouto (Suz GSX-R1000) 4. Arnold Hastings (Suz GSX-R1000) 5. Jeremy Cook (BMW S1000RR) 6. Troy Summers (Kaw ZX-10R)

Amateur AMA SuperBike 1000cc: 1. Calvin Crosslin (Suz GSX-R1000) 2. Darren Fuller (Duc 848) 3. Timothy Langaas (Kaw ZX-10R)

Amateur AMA SuperSport Twins: 1. Bruce Higgs (Hon 1000)

Amateur AMA SuperBike Lightweight Twins: 1. Tommy Wilson (Suz SV650) 2. Tristan Avery (Suz SV650) 3. Nickalus Schmitt (Suz SV650)

Expert AMA F-40: 1. Arnold Hastings (Suz GSX-R1000) 2. Jon Couch (Suz GSX-R1000)

Amateur AMA F-40: 1. Calvin Crosslin (Suz GSX-R1000) 2. Spencer Cole (Suz GSX-R600) 3. Joey Mooney (Hon 1000) 4. Greg L’Heureux (Yam YZF-R6)

Expert AMA SuperBike Twins: 1. J. Seth Starnes (Duc 749) 2. Thomas Hall (Duc 749) 3. Eric Ashbaugh (Buell 1125)

More, from a press release issued by WERA Motorcycle Roadracing, Inc. President Evelyne Clarke:


In June of 2008 Ian Tetrick was 10 years old when he came to Summit Point and took his Rider’s School. In 2008 he was allowed to practice and was encouraged to do some track days to come up to race speed. He took another WERA Rider’s School at PIRC in August of 2008 and started his racing career in 2009 on a Honda 125 – he ran 17 events that year and finished first Pirelli/WERA Regional Sportsman Champion in Formula 2 Novice and Formula 3 in 3 Regions and took 4th in the Michelin/WERA National Challenge Series that year.

2010 saw Ian move up to Expert Status and he competed at 14 events – it was a rough year for Ian when he was involved in a bad accident at the August Cycle Jam at VIR and had an air lift for a very badly broken leg/femur. The word from the paramedics and Sean Clarke who was on scene was that “he was the most courageous boy they had ever met – he never complained and they knew he was in a great deal of pain”. His recovery time was to be 6 months if not longer. Imagine my surprise when at our Barber event in September he came in with a cane to sign up for his races! Ian went on to finish 1st in the Michelin/WERA National Challenge that year and he managed two more Pirelli/WERA Expert Regional Sportsman Championships in the Formula 3 Class.

Ian was so motivated to return to racing he trained hard and beat the odds and came back stronger than before. He maintained his grades in school to make sure he had his parent’s support. Dad, Frank raced with WERA Motorcycle Roadracing and was now Ian’s main Mechanic! Mom, Donna, was always there to help with Registration and the family did this together and Ian flourished.

2011 saw Ian come in on both a Moriwaki 250 and a Suzuki SV650. He ran in 13 events and took home a Formula 2 Pirelli/WERA Sportsman Championship in the Northcentral Region and won the Formula 2 and Formula 3 as well as the Pirelli/WERA Sportsman Championship in the Lightweight Twins SS Class in the Northeast/Mid-Atlantic Region on the SV650!

2012 Ian ran at 16 events and ran a Kawasaki 600 in the competitive 600 Classes and continued to compete on his Suzuki SV 650. Ian took the Pirelli/WERA Sportsman Championship in Formula 2 and Lightweight Twins SS on his SV 650 in the NorthEast/Mid-Atlantic Region and his best finish on the 600 was a not too shabby 2nd in the same Region.

2013 Ian got the opportunity to ride with top running WERA National Endurance Series, presented by Lucas Oil, Team MWR Investigations and this helped his riding even more. To move up to a 1000cc machine would take him to the highest level and he did it right by taking the steps he did in his riding career. On top of running the WERA National Endurance Series with his Team he has also participated in 12 Sprint events so far in 2013. Ian is riding his 600 Kawasaki in 2013 and sits in First Place for Pirelli/WERA Sportsman Championships in C Superbike, C Superstock and B Superstock in the Northeast/Mid-Atlantic Region. He sits in 4th in the highly competitive 600cc Superstock Michelin/WERA National class going into the WERA Grand National Finals.

Ian added another accomplishment to his ongoing career – he was the winner of the 2013 AMA Horizon Award which is given to up and coming riders who show promise and talent in the sport of motorcycle road racing. We at WERA Motorcycle Roadracing are so proud of Ian Tetrick and wish him continued success in his quest!