Road racing world launched this exclusive special feature recognizing the most promising young road racers as a response to the pessimists who claimed that America lacks new promising young racers. This edition of Road racing world The Young Gun Awards mark the 26th consecutive year of showcasing an abundance of new talent.
Road racing world The 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;
Major AMA Road Race Championships and Horizon Awards;
USGPRU National Championships;
Many regional and local titles.
The competition has become more and more intense as more and more riders – and younger – with higher levels of achievement are named, and the level of achievement required to reach the grade keeps getting tougher. .
We have spent the last several months accepting nominations and evaluating road racers between the ages of 10 and 18 (at the start of the 2022 season) who have, at a minimum, won road races and/or expert level championships or who have had exceptional results as an amateur/novice. Most of the runners included here have done well above the minimum.
The young racers recognized here are the most promising young road racers in North America. All deserved the title of Road racing world Young Pistol.
We’ll feature one Young Gun per day, presenting them in alphabetical order.
Current house: Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.
Current height/weight: 5’3″/135 lbs.
Current school level: 9and grade.
Began to rise at age: 4 years.
First road race: 2017, Talladega, Alabama, WERA, 3 different classes, 1st place overall.
Current racing bike: Kawasaki Ninja 400.
Current Tuner/Mechanic: Dave Yaakov (father).
Main Race Series: Moto America Junior Cup.
Main sponsors: American Racing Academy, Altus Motorsports, Dragonfly Coffee, TST Industries, John Glaefke, Dunlop, Dynojet, Spears Enterprises, Kramer Motorcycles, K-Tech Suspension, Orient Express, Beau Phillips, Vortex, HJC, Bison Leathers, Spectro Oil, Jennings GP, Sportbike Track Time, N2 Racing, Magura USA, M4 exhausts.
Recent achievements in the race: 2021 season, finished 8and in the MotoAmerica Junior Cup championship (started the season at the 4th round, 1 podium, 5 top 6 in 12 races); 2020 Season, Completed 3rd in the MotoAmerica Mini Cup 190 Championship (2 podiums in 3 races), won the AMA Lightweight Twins Superbike Expert Grand Championship, won 3 WERA Sportsman National Championships, won 7 WERA Sportsman Regional Championships (won 31 WERA races); 2019 Season, Won AMA Lightweight Twins Superbike Expert Grand Championship, Won 3 WERA Sportsman Series Regional Championships (won 38 WERA races); 2018 Season, Named AMA Novice Road Racer of the Year, Won 2 AMA Road Race Grand National Championships, Won 5 WERA Sportsman National Championships, Won 4 WERA Sportsman Regional Championships, Won ASRA Moto3 National Race (combined), 41 WERA race victories; 2017 season, named AMA Youth Road Racer of the Year, won 3 WERA Sportsman National Championships, won 5 WERA Sportsman Regional Championships, 37 WERA Race wins.
2022 race objective: Progress and finish on the podium in the MotoAmerica Junior Cup.
Racing Career Goals: Win at the MotoAmerica and World Championship levels.
Race Heroes: Mark Marquez.
Favorite track: CU of Jennings.
Favorite hobby: BMX freestyle.
If I wasn’t racing, I would be… Bored.