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: Belmont, California.
Current height/weight: 5’8”/140 pounds.
Current school grade level: 9th grade.
Began riding at age: 4 years.
First road race: 2009, Stockton, California, Supermoto USA, PW Class, 2nd place.
Current racebike: Mahindra MGP30.
Current tuners/mechanic: AC Racing.
Primary race series: CIV (Italian) Moto3 Championship.
Top sponsors: T3 Racing, Shoei, Vircos, Catalyst Reaction.
Recent racing accomplishments: 2019 season, placed 9th in CIV PreMoto3 Championship (1 podium finish at Mugello), won Pro Supermoto USA 250 race; 2018 season, won all of races he entered in Z & F Grand Prix School (mini Grand Prix series in France)
2020 racing goal: Finish in top 10 in CIV Moto3 Championship.
Racing career goal: Race in one of the World Championships.
Racing hero: Iker Lecuona.
Favorite track: Mugello.
Favorite hobby: Riding BMX.
If I wasn’t racing I would be…: a freelance graphic designer.