Sep 25, 2013
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by Hayley Ulrich Zeidman
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Hayden Gillim (69): Leading AMA Pro SuperSport Race One at New Jersey Motorsports Park, September 14th. Photo by Brian J. Nelson.
Roadracing World has partnered with AMA Pro to present the Young Gun of Year Award to the top rider under age 19 in AMA Pro. In the spirit of this award, Roadracing World is featuring a series of Young Gun profiles. These riders were also featured in the March 2013 Issue of Roadracing World. Today's featured rider is Hayden Gillim.
Gillim ran the 2013 AMA Pro SuperSport season riding for his own family-backed program--Team 95--and working with mechanic, engine builder and crew chief Rick Matheny. Gillim finished a close second in AMA Pro SuperSport East point standings.
With the SuperSport season officially ending at New Jersey Motorsports Park September 13-15, AMA Pro Racing decided to invite selected SuperSport front-runners to compete in the Daytona SportBike finale scheduled for this coming weekend, September 27-29, at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.
Gillim's late-season run at the SuperSport East title was impressive enough that Meen Motorsports signed him to run one of its bikes in the Daytona SportBike finale at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. And Gillim had no trouble getting approved by AMA Pro officials.
At Laguna Seca this weekend Gillim will be working with crew chief John Heinen under the Meen Motorsports awning, and will be running with additional sponsorship from Meen Motorsports, Yamaha, Yamalube and Yamaha Generators.
Current home: Owensboro, Kentucky
Current height/weight: 6’0”/175 pounds
Current school/grade: Graduated High School
Began riding at age: 6 years
First road race: 2004, Talladega Grand Prix Raceway, Alabama, WERA, Minis
Current racebike: Yamaha YZF-R6
SuperSport tuner/mechanic (95 Motorsports): Rick Matheny
SportBike tuner/mechanic (Meen Motorsports): John Heinen
Races/series competing in: AMA Pro SuperSport East Championship; AMA Pro Daytona SportBike finale
Personal Sponsors: Bell, Teknic, Sidi, RM Racing, Impact Safe-T Armor, M1 PowerSports, American Supercamp, LeoVince USA, Motion Pro, Vortex, Chicken Hawk Racing.
Racing accomplishments (so far): 2013 season, finished 2nd in AMA Pro SuperSport East Championship (2 wins, 6 podiums, 7 top-5 finishes, 9 top-10 finishes); 2012 season, finished 2nd in AMA Pro SuperSport West Championship (2 wins, 6 podiums); won the prestigious AMA Sports Horizon Award in 2010; competed in the Red Bull AMA U.S. Rookies Cup and the Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup.
2013 racing goal: Win AMA Pro SuperSport East Championship.
Racing career goals: Win MotoGP and Moto2 World Championships.
Racing heroes: Josh Hayes, Nicky Hayden, Casey Stoner.
Favorite tracks: Indianapolis, Mid-Ohio, NOLA, Miller.
Hobbies: Training, basketball, hanging out with friends.
Training methods: Cycling, riding, gym workouts.
If I wasn’t racing I would be: Going to college.
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About the AMA Pro Roadracing World Young Gun of Year Award:
AMA Pro Racing and Roadracing World Publishing, Inc. have reached an agreement to name the Roadracing World Young Gun Of The Year for the 2013 GEICO Motorcycle AMA Pro Road Racing season.
The new Young Gun Of The Year Award is based on Roadracing World's 17 consecutive years of recognizing the best young road racers in North America. The 2013 version of the annual feature recognized 30 riders--17 of them AMA Pros--and was published in the March, 2013 print edition of Roadracing World magazine. One of those riders is likely to be named the 2013 Roadracing World Young Gun Of The Year and receive a $2,500 cash award.
To be eligible for the award, riders must have been no older than 18 at the start of the 2013 GEICO Motorcycle AMA Pro Road Racing season. The award will go to the eligible rider with the most overall points in either the Motorcycle-Superstore.com SuperSport or GoPro Daytona SportBike classes and a check will be presented during the 2013 GEICO Motorcycle AMA Pro Road Racing Awards Banquet.
Past Roadracing World Young Guns who have won AMA Pro road races include Tommy Aquino, J.D. Beach, Cameron Beaubier, Josh Day, Jason DiSalvo, Dustin Dominguez, Danny Eslick, Bobby Fong, Jake Gagne, Nicky Hayden, Roger Hayden, Tommy Hayden, Josh Herrin, Jake Holden, John Hopkins, Elena Myers, Shane Narbonne, Huntley Nash, Tyler Odom, Joey Pascarella, Chris Peris, James Rispoli, Ben Spies, Chris Ulrich and Blake Young.