24th-Annual Roadracing World Young Gun Honors:
By David Swarts
Roadracing World started this exclusive special feature recognizing the most promising young road racers as an answer to pessimists who claimed America had no new, up-and-coming young racers. This edition of the Roadracing World Young Gun Awards marks the 24th consecutive year of showcasing an abundance of new talent.
Roadracing World Young Guns have won:
FIM MotoGP and FIM Superbike races and World Championships;
AMA Pro races and Championships, including eight AMA Pro Superbike Championships;
A KTM RC Cup World Final race;
The Daytona 200 (8 times);
WERA National Endurance Championships and WERA National Challenge Championships;
ASRA/Formula USA Grand National and CCS National Championships;
AMA Road Racing Grand Championships and Horizon Awards;
USGPRU National Championships;
Many regional and local titles.
The competition has continually become more intense as more – and younger—racers with higher levels of accomplishment are nominated, and the level of achievement required to make the grade keeps getting tougher.
We’ve spent the last several months accepting nominations and evaluating road racers between the ages of 11 and 18 (as of the start of the 2020 season) who have, at a minimum, won Expert-level road races and/or Championships on a 125cc two-stroke/250cc four-stroke or larger racebike or had outstanding results as an Amateur/Novice. Most of the riders included here have done far more than the minimum.
The young riders recognized here are the most promising young road racers in North America. All have earned the title of Roadracing World Young Gun.
We will feature one Young Gun per day, presenting them in alphabetical order.
Current home: Quebec City, Quebec, Canada.
Current height/weight: 5’9”/135 pounds.
Current school grade level: Graduated high school.
Began riding at age: 3 years.
First road race: 2013, Grantsville, Utah, WERA, Formula Three, 3rd place.
Current racebike: Suzuki GSX-R1000R.
Current tuner/mechanic: Team Hammer Contract Services.
Primary race series: MotoAmerica Stock 1000.
Top sponsors: M4 Performance Exhaust, ECSTAR, Suzuki, Arai, Furygan, Hotbodies, Shorai, Vortex, EK Chains, Venhill, SportbikeTrackGear.com.
Recent racing accomplishments: 2019 season, won MotoAmerica Twins Cup Championship (5 wins, 8 podiums in 11 races); 2018 season, won MotoAmerica Junior Cup Championship (10 wins, 12 podiums in 17 races); 2017 season, placed 3rd in MotoAmerica KTM RC Cup Championship (4 wins), placed 17th in Race Two at the KTM RC Cup World Final at Jerez; 2016 season, placed 2nd in Mexican KTM RC Cup Championship (4 podium finishes in 4 races); 2015 season, placed 2nd in USGPRU Moto3 National Championship.
2020 racing goal: Win MotoAmerica Stock 1000 Championship.
Racing career goal: Race in FIM Superbike World Championship.
Racing hero: Valentino Rossi.
Favorite track: Road America.
Favorite hobbies: Skiing and riding snow mobiles.
If I wasn’t racing I would be…: A mechanic or engineer.