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: Vero Beach, Florida.
Current height/weight: 5’9”/145 pounds.
Current school grade level: 11th grade.
Began riding at age: 13 years.
First road race: 2017, Canaan, New Hampshire, NESBC, Lightweight, 1st place.
Current racebike: Suzuki SV650.
Current tuner/mechanic: Joe Shallow.
Primary race series: MotoAmerica Twins Cup.
Top sponsors: Trackworx Suzuki, RSR Motorsports, Penguin Racing School, Woodcraft, First Trax Sport Shop, Bell, TCX Boots, Heroic Gloves, Mike’s Imports Auto Sales, Hurricane Racing.
Recent racing accomplishments: 2019 season, placed 8th in MotoAmerica Junior Cup Championship (best race finish was 4th, 7 top-10 finishes), won CCS Florida Middleweight Superbike Championship (15 CCS race wins); 2018 season, won 500 Supersport and 500 Superbike CCS National Championships, finished 2nd in 500 Superbike and 500 Supersport LRRS Championships, won NESBC Ultralight Championship; 2017 season, 3 race wins, 5 podium finishes and 1 lap record in first CCS Expert event, placed 2nd in ASRA Moto3 (Combined) National race at Daytona, earned 5 podium finishes in Expert/Amateur Combined CCS sprints at Race of Champions at Daytona, more than 20 podiums finishes with CCS/LRRS, 2 wins and 4 podiums with NESBC.
2020 racing goals: Fight for MotoAmerica Twins Cup Championship, finish in the top 5 in the Daytona 200.
Racing career goal: Race competitively at the World Championship level.
Racing hero: Troy Bayliss.
Favorite track: Road Atlanta.
Favorite hobby: Riding mini-moto.
If I wasn’t racing I would be…: Lost.