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.
Max Van (a.k.a. Maximillion VanDenBrouck)
Current home: Shelby, Michigan.
Current height/weight: 5’10”/155 pounds.
Current school grade level: 10th grade.
Began riding at age: 2 years.
First road race: 2019, Grattan, Michigan, WERA, 3 Novice classes, 3 wins.
Current racebike: Kawasaki Ninja 400.
Current tuners/mechanics: Brian Van (father), Dave Bavol, Jimmy Fox.
Primary race series: MotoAmerica SportbikeTrackGear.com Junior Cup, WERA.
Top sponsors: SportbikeTrackGear.com and its customers.
Recent racing accomplishments: 2020 season, placed 17th in Junior Cup Championship (only competed in 3 rounds, 2 top-10 finishes), won WERA North Central Region F Superstock Expert Championship (6 race wins); 2019 season, finished 2nd in WERA North Central Region D Superbike and D Superstock Novice Championships (12 race wins).
2021 racing goal: Finish on the podium in a race and in the top seven in the MotoAmerica Junior Cup Championship.
Racing career goal: Have fun, push to the best of my abilities, earn a ride on a Team Hammer bike.
Racing hero: Chris Ulrich.
Favorite track: Grattan Raceway.
Favorite hobby: Working for my family’s business, SportbikeTrackGear.com
If I wasn’t racing I would be…: I would be riding around and doing track days with our awesome STG customers.