Roadracing World started this exclusive special feature recognizing the most promising young road racers as an answer to pessimists who claimed North America had no new, up-and-coming young racers. This edition of the Roadracing World Young Gun Awards marks the 25th consecutive year of showcasing what is actually an abundance of new talent.
Roadracing World Young Guns have won:
FIM MotoGP and FIM Superbike races and World Championships;
MotoAmerica/AMA Pro races and Championships, including nine MotoAmerica/AMA Pro Superbike Championships;
A KTM RC Cup World Final race;
The Daytona 200 (10 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 10 and 18 (as of the start of the 2021 season) who have, at a minimum, won Expert-level road races and/or Championships 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: 5’9”/145 pounds.
Current school grade level: 11th grade.
Began riding at age: 3 years.
First road race: 2011, Reno, Nevada, MMUSA, Minimoto Jr., 3rd place.
Current racebike: Kawasaki Ninja 400.
Current tuner/mechanic: John Sullivan (father).
Primary race series: MotoAmerica SportbikeTrackGear.com Junior Cup.
Top sponsors: Beverly Hills Ducati, Arai, Cal Cycle Design, Touch Up Direct, Motul.
Recent racing accomplishments: 2020 season, finished 15th in MotoAmerica Junior Cup Championship (best race finish was 8th, 3 top-10 finishes), won CVMA 2019/2020 500 Supersport Championship, placed 2nd in CVMA 2019/2020 Ultralightweight Shootout Championship; 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.
2021 racing goals: Find an opportunity to show true potential.
Racing career goal: Be MotoGP World Champion.
Racing heroes: Mark Marquez, Fabio Quartararo.
Favorite track: Valencia.
Favorite hobby: Gymnastics, gardening.
If I wasn’t racing I would be…: Only doing gymnastics.