Jul 30, 2013
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by Hayley Ulrich Zeidman
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Benny Solis (3) at Mid-Ohio in 2013. Photo by Brian J. Nelson.
Roadracing World has partnered with AMA Pro to present the Young Gun of Year Award to the top Daytona SportBike or SuperSport rider who was under the age 19 at the start of the 2013 AMA Pro season.
In the spirit of this award, Roadracing World will feature one 2013 Roadracing World Young Gun per week. These riders were also featured in the March 2013 print edition of Roadracing World. This week's featured rider is Benny Solis.
Name: Benny Solis, Jr.
Current home: North Hollywood, California.
Current height/weight: 5’6”/138 pounds.
Current school/grade: Graduated High School.
Began riding at age: 10 years.
First road race: 2005, Grange Motor Circuit, California, CMRRA, Water-Cooled 50cc, 3rd.
Current racebike: Honda CBR600RR.
Tuners/mechanics: Robin Hawley, Scott Crawford.
Races/series now competing in: AMA Pro Daytona SportBike.
Sponsors: M4 Motorcycle Road Racing, Honda, GEICO Motorcycle, Arai, Sportbiketrackgear.com, Broaster Chicken, Lucas Oil, Hotbodies, Vortex, Speedcell, Bazzaz, SBS, Alpinestars, Roadracingworld.com.
Racing accomplishments (so far): 2013 season, ranked 10th in AMA Pro Daytona SportBike (best finish 8th); 2012 season, finished 18th in AMA Pro Daytona SportBike Championship (best finish of 7th, 6 top-10 finishes); won a Bike Capital Championship race in Mexico City; won 7 WERA West races; won 5 CVMA races.
2013 racing goals: To be strong and consistent in AMA Pro Daytona SportBike races.
Racing career goals: To get a factory ride in the MotoGP, become a World Champion.
Racing heroes: Garry McCoy, Valentino Rossi, Ben Solis (dad).
Favorite tracks: Barber, Road Atlanta.
Hobbies: Playing with little brother, video games, BMX, motocross.
Training methods: Working out, cycling, running, motocross.
If I wasn't racing I would be: Bored and lost.
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About the AMA Pro Roadracing World Young Gun of Year Award:
AMA Pro Racing and Roadracing World Publishing, Inc. have reached an agreement to name the Roadracing World Young Gun Of The Year award for the 2013 GEICO Motorcycle AMA Pro Road Racing season.
The new Young Gun Of The Year Award is based on Roadracing World's 17 consecutive years of recognizing the best young road racers in North America. The 2013 version of the annual feature recognized 30 riders--17 of them AMA Pros--and was published in the March, 2013 print edition of Roadracing World magazine. One of those riders is likely to be named the 2013 Roadracing World Young Gun Of The Year and receive a $2,500 cash award.
To be eligible for the award, riders must have been no older than 18 at the start of the 2013 GEICO Motorcycle AMA Pro Road Racing season. The award will go to the eligible rider with the most overall points in either the Motorcycle-Superstore.com SuperSport or GoPro Daytona SportBike classes and a check will be presented during the 2013 GEICO Motorcycle AMA Pro Road Racing Awards Banquet.
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.