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Jul 16, 2013

Young Gun Profile: Joe Roberts

Joe Roberts, 2013. Joe Roberts (2) won both AMA Pro SuperSport Races at Barber in June, aboard a Team Hammer-prepared Honda CBR600RR sponsored by the California Superbike School and Roadracingworld.com. This was Joe's AMA Pro debut. Photo by Brian J. Nelson.
Roadracing World has partnered with AMA Pro Racing to present the Young Gun of Year Award to the top Daytona SportBike or SuperSport rider who was under the age of 19 at the start of the 2013 AMA Pro season.

In the spirit of this award, Roadracing World is featuring one 2013 Roadracing World Young Gun per week. These riders were also featured in the March 2013 print edition of Roadracing World magazine. This week's featured rider is Joe Roberts.

Age: 16.

Current home: Glendale, California.

Current height/weight: 5’5”/115 pounds.

Current school/grade: Home School/10th.

Began riding at age: 4 years.

First road race: 2006, Streets of Willow, California, CMRRA, 65cc, 1st.

Current racebike: Honda CBR600RR, KTM RBR250, BMW S1000RR.

Tuners/mechanics: Eric Gray, Victor Sanchez Diaz, Will Eikenberry.

Races/series now competing in: AMA Pro SuperSport West, Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup, CVMA, WERA West.

Sponsors: California Superbike School, Roadracingworld.com, Camera Control, Aerofilm, Pilot Leathers, M4, Honda, Lucas Oil, SportbikeTrackGear.com, Broaster Chicken, Arai, Hotbodies, Vortex, Speedcell, Bazzaz, SBS, Pole Position Travel, Alpinestars, Concept Five, Mackie Welding.

Racing accomplishments (so far): 2013 season, won two SuperSport Races in AMA Pro racing debut, at Barber Motorsports Park; 2012 season, finished tied for 8th in Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup Championship (best finish of 2nd at Brno, 6 top-10 finishes), won 5 CVMA races on BMW S1000RR.

2013 racing goal: To win Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup Championship.

Racing career goal: To race in the MotoGP World Championship.

Racing heroes: Casey Stoner, Nicky Hayden, Ben Spies, Valentino Rossi, Colin Edwards.

Favorite tracks: Assen, Brno, Estoril, Jerez, Misano, Mugello, Silverstone.

Hobbies: Playing bass guitar in a band, surfing, skateboarding, snowboarding.

Training methods: California Superbike School, running, cycling, core exercises, gym workouts.

If I wasn’t racing I would be: Playing in a band full-time.

Learn more about Joe Roberts in his profile on RoadracingWorld.com at www.roadracingworld.com/members/joeroberts/ .

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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.

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