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 26th consecutive year of showcasing an abundance of new talent.
Roadracing World Young Guns have won:
FIM MotoGP and FIM Superbike races and World Championships;
MotoAmerica and AMA Pro races and Championships, including 11 AMA Pro Superbike Championships;
A KTM RC Cup World Final race;
The Daytona 200 (11 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 2022 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: Puyallup, Washington.
Current height/weight: 5’11”/130 pounds.
Current school grade level: 12th grade.
Began riding at age: 4 years.
First road race: 2013, Shelton, Washington, WMRRA, 125GP, 3rd place.
Current racebikes: Harley-Davidson Pan America 1250, Kawasaki KX450.
Current tuner/mechanic: Dave Kohlstaedt (father).
Primary race series: RSD Super Hooligans, AFT Singles.
Top sponsors: Arai, 2 Fast Track Days, Vircos Leathers, Lightshoe, Bellevue Kawasaki, Incentive Solutions, KFG Motorsports, Öhlins, 2Wheel Dyno Works, Sammy Halbert Racing, Motion Pro, Vortex Racing, EBC, Umbrella Girls USA, Purveyors of Speed, Steve Huff Motorsports, DK29.com.
Recent racing accomplishments: 2021 season, finished 4th in MotoAmerica Junior Cup Championship (8 podium finishes), finished 3rd in RSD Super Hooligan race at Laguna Seca; 2020 season, finished 6th in MotoAmerica Junior Cup Championship (best race finish was 4th, twice), placed 2nd in WMRRA Lightweight Superbike and 3rd in WMRRA Lightweight Supersport and Formula Two Championships; 2019 season, placed 30th in MotoAmerica Junior Cup Championship (best race finish 11th at Barber), won WMRRA Ultralightweight Superbike Championship (5 wins), placed 2nd in WMRRA Formula Ultra 2 Championship (3 podiums in 4 races); 2018 season, placed 7th in overall WMRRA Championship, won WMRRA Ultra-Lightweight SS Championship, finished 2nd in WMRRA 500 Superbike and Ultra-Lightweight GP Championships, set WMRRA Ultra-Lightweight class lap record at The Ridge Motorsports Park, collected 2 top-20 finishes in MotoAmerica Junior Cup races while riding a Kawasaki Ninja 300; 2015 season, named AMA Youth Rider of the Year in Flat Track.
2022 racing goals: Finish on podium in RSD Super Hooligan and AFT Singles.
Racing career goal: Race in the MotoGP World Championship.
Racing heroes: Sammy Halbert, Valentino Rossi.
Favorite track: Barber Motorsports Park.
Favorite hobbies: Playing guitar, motocross, having fun.
If I wasn’t racing I would be…: Enjoying time with my family.