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: Budapest, Hungary (originally from Portland, Oregon).
Current height/weight: 5’5”/108 pounds.
Current school grade level: 6th grade.
Began riding at age: 2.5 years.
First road race: 2014, McMinnville, Oregon, Oregon Superbikers, 125cc four-stroke, 1st place.
Current racebike: Honda NSF250R.
Current tuners/mechanic: Snipers Mugen Race Junior Team.
Primary race series: European Talent Cup.
Top sponsors: Snipers Mugen Race Junior Team, AGV, Dainese, HealTech.
Recent racing accomplishments: 2019 season, placed 2nd in CIV (Italian) Ohvale GP-0 190 National Championship, won MotoAmerica Ohvale Talent Cup at Pittsburgh International Race Complex, won Ohvale GP-0 190 races in Hungarian National Championship, earned pole position and led a race at Ohvale World Championship, finished 25th in European Talent Cup race at Jerez (was youngest participant).
2020 racing goal: Finish in top 15 overall and be top American in European Talent Cup Championship.
Racing career goal: Win MotoGP World Championship.
Racing hero: Valentino Rossi.
Favorite track: Jerez.
Favorite hobby: Gaming.
If I wasn’t racing I would be…: a boxer.