Roadracing World Young Guns 2020: Damian Jigalov

Roadracing World Young Guns 2020: Damian Jigalov

© 2020, Roadracing World Publishing, Inc. By David Swarts.

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.


Damian Jigalov on the MotoAmerica Junior Cup podium in 2019. Photo by Brian J. Nelson.
Damian Jigalov on the MotoAmerica Junior Cup podium in 2019. Photo by Brian J. Nelson.


Damian Jigalov

Age: 15.

Current home: East Dundee, Illinois.

Current height/weight: 5’8”/128 pounds.

Current school grade level: 10th grade.

Began riding at age: 3 years.

First road race: 2013, Eau Claire, Wisconsin, Northwoods GP, Ultralight Superstock, 3rd place.

Current racebike: Honda NSF250R.

Current tuner/mechanic: Intact GP Dynavolt.

Primary race series: European Talent Cup.

Top sponsors: Intact GP Dynavolt, Arch Motorcycle Co., Alpinestars, Shoei, WERA, Lionize Delivery Solutions, WERA, Liqui Moly.

Recent racing accomplishments: 2019 season, finished 7th in MotoAmerica Junior Cup Championship (1 podium finish, 6 top-5 finishes); 2018 season, finished 12th in CIV (Italian) Pre-Moto3 Championship (best race finish of 6th), finished 13th in MotoAmerica Junior Cup (best race finish was 2nd, twice), won WERA Sportsman D Superstock National Championship, won 18 WERA races; 2017 season, placed 8th in CIV (Italian) Pre-Moto3 4T Championship (best race finish was 5th), placed 4th in Yamaha bLU cRU R3 Cup Final; 2016 season, placed 10th in CIV (Italian) Pre-Moto3 Championship (best race finish was 5th).

2020 racing goal: Finish in top 10 in European Talent Cup Championship with at least one podium finish.

Racing career goal: Win MotoGP World Championship.

Racing hero: Marc Marquez.

Favorite track: Valencia.

Favorite hobby: Skiing.

If I wasn’t racing I would be…: Pursuing a career in business.

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