Roadracing World Young Guns 2021: Rocco Landers

Roadracing World Young Guns 2021: Rocco Landers

© 2021, Roadracing World Publishing, Inc. By David Swarts.

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.

 

Rocco Landers with his 2020 MotoAmerica Junior Cup #1 plate. Photo by Brian J. Nelson.
Rocco Landers with his 2020 MotoAmerica Junior Cup #1 plate. Photo by Brian J. Nelson.

 

Rocco Landers

Age: 16.

Current home: Burns, Oregon.

Current height/weight: 5’10”/150 pounds.

Current school grade level: 12h grade.

Began riding at age: 2 years.

First road race: 2010, Buttonwillow, California, SC MiniGP, Blata Cup, 1st Place.

Current racebike: Yamaha YZF-R6.

Current tuners/mechanics: Thomas Davidson, Will Eikenberry, Stoney Landers (father).

Primary race series: MotoAmerica Supersport.

Sponsors: Tyrant CNC, Yamaha, bLU cRU, Yamalube, California Superbike School, HJC, Mithos, Öhlins, American Racing, KFG Motorsports, Barnett Clutches, Evol Technology, SBS, Vortex-EK, Beringer Brakes, REB Graphics.

Recent racing accomplishments: 2020 season, won MotoAmerica Twins Cup Championship (9 wins and 12 podiums in 12 races), won MotoAmerica Junior Cup Championship (15 wins, 18 podiums in 18 races); 2019 season, won MotoAmerica Junior Cup Championship (won 14 of 17 races), won five CVMA class Championships, won multiple races and titles at Dunlop Invite event; 2018 season, finished 4th in RFME CEV (Spanish) 85cc GP National Championship, 18 race wins with CVMA, 3 race wins with WERA West; 2017 season, finished 5th in RFME CEV (Spanish) 85cc National Championship; 2016 season, finished 9th in CIV (Italian) 50cc MiniGP Championship; 2015-2010, multiple mini road racing Championships and race wins.

2021 racing goals: Win races and the MotoAmerica Supersport Championship.

Racing career goals: Win races and Championships in Moto2 and MotoGP.

Racing heroes: Wayne Rainey, Valentino Rossi, Ben Spies.

Favorite track: Sonoma Raceway.

Favorite hobbies: Riding flat track and motocross.

If I wasn’t racing I would be…: Moping around.

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