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: Belmont, California.
Current height/weight: 6’0”/150 pounds.
Current school grade level: 10th grade.
Began riding at age: 4 years.
First road race: 2009, Stockton, California, Supermoto USA, PW Class, 2nd place.
Current racebikes: Yamaha YZF-R6, Aprilia RS 660.
Current tuners/mechanics: Team Toth Training (T3).
Primary race series: CIV Aprilia RS 660 Trofeo Cup, RFME ESBK Superstock 600.
Sponsors: T3 Racing, Vircos Leathers, HJC, CT Racing.
Recent racing accomplishments: 2021 season, finished 2nd racing as a wild card in CIV Aprilia RS 660 Trofeo Cup race at Vallelunga, finished 9th in MotoAmerica Junior Cup Championship (only ran 12 races, 1 win, 4 total podiums), finished 13th in MotoAmerica Twins Cup Championship (only ran 4 races, 2 podium finishes); 2020 season, qualified 4th and finished 5th in Race Two in MotoAmerica Junior Cup debut at Laguna Seca, tied for 19th in CIV (Italian) Moto3 National Championship (best race finish was 10th at Misano); 2019 season, placed 9th in CIV PreMoto3 Championship (1 podium finish at Mugello), won Pro Supermoto USA 250 race; 2018 season, won all races he entered in Z & F Grand Prix School (mini Grand Prix series in France).
2022 racing goals: Fight for CIV Aprilia Cup Championship, finish in top-5 in RFME ESBK Superstock 600 Championship.
Racing career goal: Race in one of the World Championships.
Racing hero: Iker Lecuona.
Favorite track: Valencia.
Favorite hobby: Riding BMX.
If I wasn’t racing I would be…: A freelance graphic designer.