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: Jupiter, Florida.
Current height/weight: 5’3”/104 pounds.
Current school grade level: 8th grade.
Began riding at age: 5 years.
First road race: 2013, Millville, New Jersey, NJminiGP, Spec50, 10th place.
Current racebike: Honda NSF250R.
Current tuners/mechanics: Tim Cassesse, David Buchman/DBPrepared.
Primary race series: British Talent Cup, PanAmerican Superbike.
Top sponsors: DRC Race Leathers, HJC Helmets, Dunlop, TST Industries, VNM Sport, DBPrepared, SFLminiGP, NJminiGP, N2 Track Days, Stump Racing Kids, TTP Racing, C.A.S.I Official.
Recent racing accomplishments: 2021 season, competed as a wild card in 4 British Talent Cup (best race finish was 10th), won 7 WERA Sportsman Regional Novice Class Championships, won 2 FMRRA Amateur Class Championships, won multiple SFLminiGP Class Championships.
2022 racing goal: Finish in top 5 in British Talent Cup Championship.
Racing career goal: Win Moto3, Moto2, and then MotoGP Championships.
Racing hero: Sean Dylan Kelly.
Favorite track: Silverstone.
Favorite hobby: Cycling.
If I wasn’t racing I would be…: A lawyer.