Sep 10, 2013
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by Hayley Ulrich Zeidman
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Jake Lewis at Road America: Lewis earned his best finish of the year (third) during Daytona SportBike Race 2. Photo by Brian J. Nelson.
Roadracing World has partnered with AMA Pro to present the Young Gun of Year Award to the top rider under age 19 in AMA Pro. In the spirit of this award, Roadracing World will feature one Young Gun per week. These riders were also featured in the March 2013 Issue of Roadracing World. This week's featured rider is Jake Lewis.
Current home: Princeton, Kentucky
Current height/weight: 6'2”/138 pounds
Current school/grade: Caldwell County High School/12th
Began riding at age: 4 years
First road race: 2004, BTK Motorsports Park, Alabama, SEMRA, Formula Two, 1st
Current racebike: Yamaha YZF-R6
Tuners/mechanics: Gary Dean, Keaton Hendrickson
Races/series now competing in: AMA Pro Daytona SportBike Championship
Sponsors: Meen Motorsports, Yamaha, Graves Motorsports, Radio Medics, Roclun International, Yamaha Generators, Yamalube, Galfer, Vortex, Moty Designs, Sharkskinz, Zero Gravity, Dunlop, GoPro, Cortech, Shoei, Sidi, Oakley, Trek, Earl’s Racing Team
Racing accomplishments (so far): 2013 season, currently ranked 5th in AMA Pro Daytona SportBike Championship (1 podium, 5 top-5 finishes, 7 top-10 finishes); 2012 season, won AMA Pro SuperSport East Championship (3 wins, 12 podiums).
2013 racing goals: Place in the top 5 in AMA Pro Daytona SportBike Championship, finish on the podium in races
Career racing goals: Win AMA Pro Superbike and MotoGP World Championships
Racing heroes: Tommy, Nicky and Roger Hayden; Valentino Rossi
Favorite tracks: Road Atlanta, Road America, Laguna Seca
Hobbies: Basketball, trail riding, hanging out with friends
Training methods: Riding dirt bikes, cycling, gym workouts, swimming
If I wasn’t racing I would be: Doing something on a motorcycle.
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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.