Aug 27, 2013
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by Hayley Ulrich Zeidman
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Garrett Gerloff (8) finished second in the 2013 Daytona 200 aboard his Yamaha YZF-R6 sponsored by Yamaha Extended Service and Monster Energy, fielded by Graves Motorsports. Photo by Brian J. Nelson.
Roadracing World has partnered with AMA Pro Racing to present the Roadracing World 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, Roadracingworld.com is featuring 2013 Roadracing World Young Guns. These riders were also featured in the March 2013 print edition of Roadracing World. This week's featured rider is Garrett Gerloff, who is currently tied with Corey Alexander as top rider in the AMA Pro Racing Roadracing World Young Gun Of The Year Award standings with 200 points.
Current home: Spring, Texas
Current height/weight: 5’8”/135 pounds
Current school/grade: College Plus Home School Program/12th
Began riding at age: 4 years
First road race: 2007, Talladega Gran Prix Raceway, Alabama, WERA, Mini 80, 4th
Current racebike: Yamaha YZF-R6
Tuner/mechanic: Brian Stokes, Graves Motorsports
Races/series now competing in: AMA Pro Daytona SportBike Championship
Sponsors: Yamaha Extended Service, Monster Energy, Graves Motorsport, REV’IT!, Shoei, Sidi, Specialized.
Racing accomplishments (so far): 2013 season, currently ranked 3rd in AMA Pro Daytona SportBike points (nine top-five finishes, including four second-place finishes); 2012 season, won an AMA Pro SuperSport race, finished 2nd in an AMA Pro SuperSport race, missed most of the 2012 season due to a broken leg.
2013 racing goals: Consistently fight for wins and stay healthy.
Racing career goals: Compete in MotoGP or Superbike World Championship
Racing heroes: Ben Spies, Josh Hayes, Colin Edwards, Mark Gerloff (dad)
Favorite tracks: Barber, Road Atlanta, VIR, NOLA
Hobbies: Motocross, mountain biking, snowboarding, flat tracking
Training methods: Cycling, weight training, cardio training, motocross
If I wasn’t racing I would be: A race team manager or working as a race mechanic.
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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 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.