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: Los Angeles, California.
Current height/weight: 5’7”/135 pounds.
Current school grade level: 10th grade.
Began riding at age: 3 years.
First road race: 2011, Reno, Nevada, MMUSA, Minimoto Jr., 3rd place.
Current racebike: Kawasaki Ninja 400.
Current tuners/mechanics: John Sullivan (father).
Primary race series: MotoAmerica Junior Cup.
Top sponsors: Calishine Racing, Beverly Hills Ducati, Arai, Dainese, Cal Cycle Design, Touch Up Direct.
Recent racing accomplishments: 2019, injured in December 2018, only did a few races with WERA and CVMA in 2019; 2018 season, finished 5th in RFME CEV (Spanish) 85GP Championship (best race finish was 4th); 2017 season, placed 6th in RFME CEV (Spanish) 85GP Championship (best race finish was 3rd); 2016 season, won UMRA 65GP Championship, finished 2nd in UMRA 85GP and Spec 50 Championships.
2020 racing goals: Improve my riding and keep moving forward.
Racing career goal: Be MotoGP World Champion.
Racing hero: Mark Marquez.
Favorite track: Valencia.
Favorite hobby: Gymnastics.
If I wasn’t racing I would be…: Only doing gymnastics.