Sep 17, 2013
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by Hayley Ulrich Zeidman
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2013 GEICO Motorcycle AMA Pro Motorcycle-Superstore.com SuperSport: Travis Ohge (4) on his Houston Superbikes/HSBK Racing Suzuki GSX-R600. Photo by Brian J. Nelson/AMA Pro Racing.
Roadracing World has partnered with AMA Pro Racing to present the Young Gun of Year Award to the top rider who was under age 19 at the start of the 2013 AMA Pro racing season. In the spirit of this award, Roadracing World is featuring one Young Gun per week. These riders were also featured in the March 2013 Issue of Roadracing World. This week's featured rider is Travis Ohge.
Although Ohge's 2013 season was cut short due to a head injury suffered in a crash at Laguna Seca on July 20, Ohge's strong finishes before he was injured deserve attention. Ohge recently told Roadracing World that he is "recovering well" from his head injury and is currently working on regaining his strength. He plans on riding flat track next month and feels he will be ready to return to the AMA Pro Road Racing paddock in 2014, although he does not currently have any concrete plans for next season.
Current home: Houston, Texas
Current height/weight: 5'9”/150 pounds
Current school/grade: Graduated High School
Began riding at age: 3 years
First road race: 2007, Portland International Raceway, Oregon, 250cc Vintage, 3rd
Current racebike: Suzuki GSX-R600
Tuner/mechanic: Bobby Shekarabi
2013 races/series competing in: AMA Pro SuperSport West.
Sponsors: Houston Superbikes, K-Tech, Alpinestars, Puma Boots, Arai, Scorpion Exhausts, Yoshimura, Lightech, Ferodo, Puig.
Racing accomplishments: 2013 season, finished 9th in AMA Pro SuperSport West Championship (2 top-10 finishes), won the Inaugural CMRA Team 60 Race At Eagles Canyon Raceway with teammate Derek Wagnon; 2012 season, finished 6th in AMA Pro SuperSport West Championship (2 podiums, 6 top-10 finishes) while riding 3 different brands of motorcycles to finish the season.
Racing career goals: To race in Superbike and MotoGP World Championships.
Racing heroes: Ben Spies, Valentino Rossi.
Favorite tracks: Sonoma Raceway, Laguna Seca.
Hobbies: Indoor flat track, soccer, wrestling.
Training methods: Gym workouts, cardio workouts, crossfit.
If I wasn’t racing I would rather be: Going to college full-time.
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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 ceremony at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca on September 29th.
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.