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Nov 19, 2013

Young Gun Profile: Tyler Linders

Tyler Linders (48) put in strong performances at AMA Pro SuperSport, WERA West and CVMA events in 2012. Photos by Brian J. Nelson.
Earlier this year, Roadracing World ran a series of Young Gun Profiles, which featured Roadracing World Young Guns competing in AMA Pro Road Racing. This article is a continuation of this series, which will now focus on the remaining Roadracing World Young Guns. These riders were also featured in the March 2013 Issue of Roadracing World. This week's featured rider is Tyler Linders.

Although Linder's 2013 season was cut extremely short due to a broken pelvis and foot injuries suffered in a crash at the beginning of SuperSport Race 2 at Road America on June 2, 2013 (only his second race of the 2013 season), Linder's strong performance in 2012 makes him a rider worth mentioning (Linders finished fifth in the SuperSport West Championship). Linders recently told Roadracing World that he is "recovering quite well" from his injuries. He reported that his pelvis is completely healed and his foot is getting "much better," although he must still use a boot to walk and can only walk very short distances without the boot. Tyler is currently working on regaining his strength in physical therapy and is hoping to receive doctor's clearance to get back on the bike in the "next few months." He plans on doing some track days and club events before the start of the 2014 season and will evaluate his readiness to return to the AMA Pro paddock then.

Age: 17

Current home: Mission Viejo, California.

Current height/weight: 5’10”/130 pounds.

Current school/grade: Capistrano Valley High School/12th.

Began riding at age: 5 years

First road race: 2007, Auto Club Speedway, California, SCminiGP, Blata Cup, 1st.

Current racebike: Yamaha YZF-R6.

Tuner/mechanic: Rob Linders (dad).

Races/series now competing in: AMA Pro SuperSport, prior to his injuries.

Sponsors: Next Moto Champion, Dr. David Benkle, Katra, Dunlop, Cortech, All 3 IT, Bay Area Riders Forum, Superbike Chassis, ADR, NEXX Helmets, Yamaha, Concept Five, Hypercycle, Motul, GPR, Zero Gravity, ProSpeed, and TrackDaz.

Racing accomplishments (so far): 2012 season, placed 5th in AMA Pro SuperSport West Championship (best race finish was 6th, 4 top-10 finishes), finished 3rd in WERA West B Superbike Expert Championship (2 wins, 6 podiums with WERA), 3 wins and 9 podiums with CVMA.

2014 Goals: Race in AMA Pro, compete at the front, "get some wins and a lot of podium finishes."

Racing career goals: Race in the MotoGP World Championship.

Racing hero: Casey Stoner.

Favorite tracks: Barber, Sonoma Raceway, Thunderhill.

Hobbies: Golf, cycling, hanging out with friends.
Training methods: Gym workouts, cycling.

If I wasn’t racing I would be: Playing baseball and having less fun.

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Past Roadracing World Young Guns who have won AMA Pro road races include Tommy Aquino, J.D. Beach, Cameron Beaubier, Josh Day, Jason DiSalvo, Dustin Dominguez, Danny Eslick, Bobby Fong, Jake Gagne, Nicky Hayden, Roger Hayden, Tommy Hayden, Josh Herrin, Jake Holden, John Hopkins, Elena Myers, Shane Narbonne, Huntley Nash, Tyler Odom, Joey Pascarella, Chris Peris, James Rispoli, Ben Spies, Chris Ulrich and Blake Young.