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: Loudon, New Hampshire.
Current height/weight: 5’9”/145 pounds.
Current school grade level: 10th grade.
Began riding at age: 14 years.
First road race: 2019, Parsonfield, Maine, NEMM Racing, Young Guns, 2nd.
Current racebike: Kawasaki, Ninja 400.
Current tuner/mechanic: Keith Day.
Primary race series: LRRS/NEMRR.
Top Sponsors: Penguin Road Racing School, Innovative Motosports, REB Graphics, Souhegan Valley Motorsports, Cycle Gear, Gray’s Performance.
Recent racing accomplishments (so far): 2020 season, won 4 CCS Expert sprint races at Homestead-Miami Speedway, was promoted from Novice to Amateur to Expert classification with LRRS/CCS between July and October.
2021 racing goal: Win LRRS/NEMRR races, enter some MotoAmerica Junior Cup races.
Racing career goal: Race for a team in MotoAmerica.
Racing hero: Cam Petersen.
Favorite track: Homestead-Miami Speedway.
Favorite hobby: Soccer.
If I wasn’t racing I would be…: Playing competitive soccer or riding pit bikes.