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.
Gus Rodio. Photo courtesy Rodio Racing.
Current home: Hammonton, New Jersey.
Current height/weight: 5’9”/130 pounds.
Current school grade level: 10th grade.
Began riding motorcycles at age: 3.5 years.
First road race: 2015, Millville, New Jersey, NJMiniGP, Spec 50, 8th Place.
Current racebikes: Kawasaki Ninja 400, Aprilia RS 660, Husqvarna FS 450.
Current tuners/mechanics: Kevin Rodio (father), Artie Meeker, Frank Angel, Mike Marthaler.
Primary race series: MotoAmerica Junior Cup & Twins Cup.
Top Sponsors: Rodio Racing, Evolve GT, N2, Spellcaster Productions, HJC Helmets, Moto-Liberty RS Taichi, Dunlop Motorcycle Tires, Kathedral, Spears Racing, K-Tech, Orient Express, VNM Sport, Red Mist Racing, MAR Contractors,
Recent racing accomplishments: 2021 season, finished 3rd in MotoAmerica Junior Cup Championship (1 win, 3 total podium finishes), won 4 CCS National Championships (ThunderBike, Lightweight SuperBike, Lightweight SuperSport, Lightweight Grand Prix), placed 2nd in CCS Atlantic Overall Regional Championship; 2020 season, placed 11th in MotoAmerica Junior Cup Championship (5 top-five finished in the first 7 races); 2019 season, 3 top-10 finishes in MotoAmerica Junior Cup; won 9 CCS regional and track Championships, won NJMiniGP: Supermini Championship; 2018 season, 10 podium finishes with CCS, won 2 Motogladiator Championship (SS300, SB300), won 3 NJMiniGP Championships.
2022 racing goals: Win double MotoAmerica Championships in Junior Cup and Twins Cup.
Racing career goal: Win a World Championship.
Racing hero: Nicky Hayden.
Favorite track: Road America.
Favorite hobby: Supermoto.
If I wasn’t racing I would be…: Bored.
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Round Two Anticipation Builds For KRT Duo
KRT riders Jonathan Rea and Alex Lowes are looking forward to competing at a true classic WorldSBK venue when the second round of the WorldSBK championship gets underway at the TT Circuit Assen, between 22-24 April.
After making a winning start to his latest campaign on his Ninja ZX-10RR at the Motorland Aragon opening round Rea approaches his statistically best circuit with a high degree of confidence and three podium finishes from three race starts so far. He was the victor in a thrilling Race One at Motorland, before going on to finish second in the two subsequent contests.
Rea has scored a class-leading 15 race victories at the Assen circuit, ten of them on Kawasaki machinery. Fifteen is the greatest number of race wins at a single circuit for any rider in WorldSBK racing history; just one of the many records held by six-times champion Rea.
Lowes is looking to boost his early season championship position after a Race One no-score preceded his sixth and fifth place finishes at the opening round in Aragon. Alex has scored one podium finish at Assen in the past, his very first top three performance in WorldSBK, in 2014. He has also taken a pre-race Superpole starting position at Assen, in 2018.
Alex set the fastest lap of Race Two at Motorland recently, proving that his pace is progressing well as he aims to get back into the championship fight in the coming rounds.
In the overall points’ standings Rea is second with 54 and Lowes is eighth overall, with 15. After Assen there will be a small break in the championship calendar as Round Three will not take place until May 20-22, at Estoril in Portugal.
Jonathan Rea, stated: “I expect to do my best again. Of course, I expect to be strong, but you never know how strong. The level is really good now. I hope my bike works well from the first day and we can, step-by-step, build the package. I think the temperature will be a little bit lower than it was in Motorland, so we have to understand the life of all the tyre options and see what happens. But Assen is a track I really love. A lot of fans make the journey from the UK, so I’m excited.”
Alex Lowes, stated: “Assen is a track I really enjoy and the Dutch fans are fantastic. I’m hoping to see them out in force this weekend. We had a solid Sunday at Round One and I’m looking forward to building on that. I am excited to see if me and my guys can challenge for our first podium of the 2022 season.”
Lucas Mahias (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) will be back in action and out for more points scores in his second season of WorldSBK competition. He is 14th overall in the championship rankings after Round One.
Oliver König (Orelac Racing VerdNatura) is enjoying his first season of WordSBK competition on the Ninja ZX-10RR, and like his fellow independent rider Loris Cresson (TPR Team Pedercini Racing) he is aiming to score his first championship points at Assen this coming weekend.
Progressive AFT Telecasts on FOX Sports Draw Record-Breaking Viewership
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (April 19, 2022) – Progressive American Flat Track is pleased to announce record-breaking viewership ratings for the opening two broadcasts in its new partnership with FOX Sports.
Preliminary combined numbers for the Mission Volusia Half-Mile presented by Daytona Dodge and Mission Texas Half-Mile Presented by Roof Systems according to Nielsen:
450,000 total viewers watched the opening two rounds of the Progressive AFT season, up 105% year-over-year compared with last season’s opening two rounds.
366,000 households tuned in for this season’s first two rounds, up 117% year-over-year.
The key 18-34 demographic enjoyed a particularly dramatic increase with 54,000 viewers. That beat the previous high mark in terms of total 18-34 viewership for the opening two rounds of 40,000 dating back to 2018 by 35%.
The new multi-year agreement with FOX Sports, featuring highly desirable time slots and bolstered by an outstanding overall motorsports line-up on the network, promised to both deliver for the sport’s hardcore enthusiasts and introduce it to legions of new fans. The early returns demonstrate that potential is already being fulfilled with much more to come.
Progressive AFT makes its inaugural visit to I-70 Motorsports Park in Odessa, Missouri, on Saturday, April 23 for the I-70 Half-Mile presented by Indian Motorcycle of Kansas City. Secure your tickets now at https://store.americanflattrack.com/ebooking/ticket/view/id/3775.
The I-70 Half-Mile presented by Indian Motorcycle of Kansas City will premiere on FS1 on Sunday, May 1 starting at 10:00 a.m. ET/7:00 a.m. PT.
For more information on Progressive AFT visit https://www.americanflattrack.com. To score the latest gear for the Progressive American Flat Track fan, visit our official merchandise store at https://store.americanflattrack.com.
How to Watch:
FOX Sports and Facebook are the official homes for coverage of Progressive American Flat Track. For the 2022 season, all 18 races will premiere in one-hour telecasts on FS1 during highly desirable weekend time slots. The complete schedule can be viewed at https://www.americanflattrack.com/events-foxsports. Viewers can watch livestream coverage of every round in the Facebook mobile app, Facebook desktop site or on the Facebook Watch mobile app. To watch the livestream on TV, fans can download the Facebook Watch TV app, or cast to a TV from the Facebook mobile app. Facebook Watch is available through Apple TV, Samsung Smart TV, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast, and Xbox One.