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Aug 13, 2013

Young Gun Profile: Kaleb De Keyrel

Kaleb De Keyrel: Kaleb De Keyrel (51) won three CRA Class Championships and finished runner-up in six others in 2012. Photo by Steve Diamond Elements.
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, 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 Kaleb De Keyrel.

Age: 16

Current home: White Bear Lake, Minnesota

Current height/weight: 5’7”/121 pounds

Current school/grade: White Bear Lake North High School/11th

Began riding at age: 2.5 years

First road race: 2009, Oak Hill Raceway, Texas, CMRA, Formula 7, 1st

Current racebike: Yamaha YZF-R6

Tuner/mechanic: Doug De Keyrel (dad)

Races/series now competing in: AMA Pro SuperSport, ASRA, CCS, CRA

Sponsors: GOD, 1-855-CzaiaLaw.com, CWS.net, WorldWide Machining and Welding, Bleakly-Hayes, Motorex, Sportbike Track Time, Cortech, Dunlop, HJC, Tagger Designs, Zero Gravity, Trackside Suspension and Engineering, Steve Diamond Elements, Vortex, Ontrack4him.org, Yamaha Champions Riding School, Impact Armor, Shark Skins, SSB, Sidi, Tucker Rocky

Racing accomplishments (so far): 2013 season, currently ranked 9th in AMA Pro SuperSport East (3 top-10 finishes); 2012 season, won CRA Heavyweight Superbike Expert Championship (finished 2nd in 6 CRA Class Championships), co-rode to 2 CRA Endurance Championships, named CRA Most Improved Expert, finished 2nd in ASRA Pro SportBike National race at Road America.

2013 racing goals: Honor God, finish in the top 3 in AMA Pro SuperSport.

Racing career goals: Win AMA Pro Championships, move up to MotoGP.

Racing heroes: Ryan Dungey, Valentino Rossi

Favorite tracks: Brainerd, Miller

Hobbies: Cycling, mountain biking, running

Training methods: Cycling, running, mountain biking, weight lifting, nutrition

If I wasn’t racing I would be: Training for a race.

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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.