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.
Max Van (center) on the MotoAmerica Junior Cup grid with his father Brian Van (left) and mother Marcine Van (right). Photo courtesy SportbikeTrackGear.com.
Max Van (a.k.a. Maximillion VanDenBrouck)
Current home: Shelby, Michigan.
Current height/weight: 5’10”/148 pounds.
Current school grade level: 10th grade.
Began riding motorcycles at age: 2 years.
First road race: 2019, Grattan, Michigan, WERA, 3 Novice classes, 3 wins.
Current racebike: Kawasaki Ninja 400.
Current tuners/mechanics: Brian Van (father), Dave Bavol, and Jimmy Fox.
Primary race series: MotoAmerica Junior Cup.
Top sponsors: SportbikeTrackGear.com and its customers.
Recent racing accomplishments: 2021 season, finished 7th in MotoAmerica Junior Cup Championship (15 top-10 finishes in 18 races, best race finish was 4th); 2020 season, placed 17th in MotoAmerica Junior Cup Championship (only competed in 3 rounds, 2 top-10 finishes), won WERA North Central Regional F Superstock Expert Championship (6 race wins); 2019 season, finished 2nd in WERA North Central Regional D Superbike and D Superstock Novice Championships (12 race wins).
2022 racing goal: Get a trophy at the MotoAmerica Awards Banquet.
Racing career goals: Have fun, push to the best of my abilities, earn a ride on a Team Hammer bike.
Racing hero: Chris Ulrich.
Favorite track: Grattan Raceway.
Favorite hobby: Working for my family’s business, SportbikeTrackGear.com.
If I wasn’t racing I would be…: I would be riding around and doing track days with our awesome STG customers.
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Royal Enfield Named Presenting Sponsor of 2022 AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days
Long-time motorcycle manufacturer returns as presenting sponsor for second year running
PICKERINGTON, Ohio — Royal Enfield, a motorcycle manufacturer with a history dating back more than 120 years, was recently announced as the Presenting Sponsor of 2022 AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days, which takes place July 22-24 at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio.
“Last year was Royal Enfield’s first time at Vintage Motorcycle Days,” said Royal Enfield’s Marketing Lead for the Americas Region Bree Poland, “and we couldn’t have been more pleased with the excitement from event-goers. There was no way we could miss out again! We look forward to being back at VMD with even more to offer and show everyone, and we will of course be bringing the All-New Classic 350 along for the ride.”
In 1901, Frenchman Jules Gotiet and Bob Walker-Smith made the first motorcycle for Royal Enfield, and just a few years later introduced its first V-twin-powered bike, which became a huge success. World War I led to the production of Royal Enfield’s first 2-stroke, and then pushed the company to create the legendary “Bullet,” which it produced in multiple forms through the years.
In more recent history, Royal Enfield’s INT650 won the Indian Motorcycle of the Year award and also was voted the Best Retro Bike of the Year in the UK by Motor Cycle News. In 2021, Royal Enfield celebrated “120 years of pure motorcycling,” and the brand continues to stay true to its vintage roots with bikes like the All-New Classic 350, which honors the timeless design of the post-war G2 model that was first born in the 1950s.
“Royal Enfield’s substantial history, along with the truly authentic retro look and feel of their motorcycles, have combined in a powerful way over the last decade or two,” said AMA Editorial Director Mitch Boehm, “and that makes them an excellent partner for our 2022 AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days event. VMD attracts die-hard enthusiasts from across the country and the world, folks who love both old bikes and new ones. Royal Enfield recognizes that, which makes them a perfect fit as our presenting sponsor.”
2022 AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days, presented by Royal Enfield, will feature AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famer and 500cc World Champ Kevin Schwantz as Grand Marshal, who’ll be on hand to sign autographs, speak to enthusiasts from the AMA Soundstage, and participate in a Lap For History each day. A special highlight will be an exclusive showing of Schwantz’s 1985 Yoshimura-Suzuki AMA Superbike, which launched his legendary career.
The three-day event will also include all the vintage-oriented happenings classic-bike fans love, including Hall of Fame activities, road and off-road racing, and the biggest motorcycle swap meet in North America, complete with parts and bikes and memorabilia from the past 120 years of motorcycling. Add to that the scenic and expansive Mid-Ohio grounds, plenty of food and refreshments, camping and vintage motorcycles for as far as the eye can see, and it’s easy to see why AMA VMD is one of the biggest and best events in all of motorcycling.
To learn more about Royal Enfield, visit https://www.royalenfield.com.
For more information visit https.vintagemotorcycledays.com, sign up for the AMA VMD newsletter or follow #AMAVMD on social media channels. To purchase tickets, visit midohio.com/tickets or AMA members can purchase discounted tickets through May 30.
About the American Motorcyclist Association
Founded in 1924, the AMA is a not-for-profit member-based association whose mission is to promote the motorcycle lifestyle and protect the future of motorcycling. As the world’s largest motorcycling rights and event sanctioning organization, the AMA advocates for riders’ interests at all levels of government and sanctions thousands of competition and recreational events every year. Besides offering members money-saving discounts on products and services, the AMA also publishes American Motorcyclist, a recently revitalized and monthly full-color magazine (and digital version of same) that covers current events and motorcycle history with brilliant photography and compelling writing. American Motorcyclist is also North America’s largest-circulation magazine. Through the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame in Pickerington, Ohio, the AMA honors the heroes and heritage of motorcycling. For more information, visit americanmotorcyclist.com.
Not a member? Join the AMA today: americanmotorcyclist.com.
INDIAN MOTORCYCLE RACING SWEEPS THE PODIUM AT I-70 HALF-MILE WITH JARED MEES TAKING HIS SECOND VICTORY OF THE SEASON AND SECURING CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS LEAD
Mees Edges Out Factory Teammate Briar Bauman to Capture the Win, with Bauman Finishing Second and Brandon Robinson Rounding out the Podium in Third
Minneapolis, MN. (April 25, 2022) – Indian Motorcycle Racing, presented by Progressive Motorcycle Insurance, had a stellar showing at round three of the 2022 American Flat Track series in Odessa, MO for the inaugural I-70 Half-Mile, with Jared Mees scoring his second consecutive victory of the season, moving him into the championship lead with a four-point advantage. Factory teammate Briar Bauman took second, while Brandon Robinson rounded out the top three aboard his Mission Roof Systems Indian FTR750, giving Indian Motorcycle Racing an impressive podium sweep.
Coming off his dominant performance at the Texas Half-Mile, Mees looked to keep his momentum going and make a strong statement that he is the rider to beat in 2022, which is exactly what he did. While Bauman got a strong jump off the line to take the early lead, Mees started in third and swiftly moved towards the front by overtaking JD Beach on the opening lap. On lap three, Mees had closed in on the back of Bauman before sneaking his FTR750 to the inside and propelling himself into the lead. This time, Mees couldn’t run away with the win and spent much of the 25-lap race fending off advances from his teammate. It was a fight to the finish as Bauman put together a late-race charge to try and overtake the reigning champion. Mees was able to maintain his position, taking the checkered flag and win by a mere 0.116-seconds.
Brandon Robinson moved into third in the early portions of the race and despite his attempts to make it a three-way battle for the lead, he ultimately settled into position and took the checkered flag in third. This marked his first podium finish of the 2022 season.
“This was a solid showing for the whole Indian Motorcycle team, coming away with a podium sweep,” said Gary Gray, Vice President Racing, Service & Technology for Indian Motorcycle. “Although this win didn’t come as easy for Jared [Mees], with Briar [Bauman] right on his rear throughout the entire race, it was still an important win as he’s now leading in the championship standings. There is still a lot of racing left this season, but I think it’s going to be a battle to the finish between these two.”
“What a day,” Mees said. “Mother Nature actually played a good hand for the racetrack for us. Thankfully we got the racing in before the next storm came in. These races that are quick with just one round of qualifying and right into a Main Event are hectic. You’ve got to be on point from word go. What a hectic Main Event with Briar. I felt him breathing down my neck the entire time. A track like this makes for a lot of tiny little mistakes, but everybody has their fair share of them, and we stuck it out and got to the checkered flag first.”
After three rounds, factory Wrecking Crew riders sit 1-2 in the championship chase, with Mees having 64-points and Bauman sitting at 60-points. Both riders have a small cushion heading into rounds four and five, as third sits at 51-points.
The 2022 American Flat Track season continues on May 28 and 29 for the Red Mile Doubleheader in Lexington, KY.
Sponsors for Indian Motorcycle Racing’s American Flat Track efforts include Progressive Insurance, S&S®, Indian Motorcycle Oil, Mission Foods, Bell Helmets, Drag Specialties and Parts Unlimited.
For more information on Indian Motorcycle Racing, visit IndianMotorcycle.com and follow along on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
ABOUT INDIAN MOTORCYCLE®
Indian Motorcycle is America’s First Motorcycle Company®. Founded in 1901, Indian Motorcycle has won the hearts of motorcyclists around the world and earned distinction as one of America’s most legendary and iconic brands through unrivaled racing dominance, engineering prowess and countless innovations and industry firsts. Today that heritage and passion is reignited under new brand stewardship. To learn more, please visit www.indianmotorcycle.com.
More, from a press release issued by Red Bull KTM Factory Racing:
KOPP AND WHALE TAKE RED BULL KTM TO THE TOP OF THE AFT SINGLES PODIUM AT I-70 HALF-MILE
Round 3 – American Flat Track Championship
ODESSA, Mo. – Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Kody Kopp returned to the center of the podium at Round 3 of the American Flat Track Championship, where he edged out teammate Max Whale in a tight battle across the finish. With less-than-ideal weather conditions in Odessa, Missouri, both Red Bull KTM riders maintained their composure and came out on top of the podium with an impressive 1-2 sweep in the AFT Singles class.
In addition to consistent 20-40 mph winds over the weekend, riders were faced with rainfall at the start of race day on Saturday. With rain forecasted to hit again in the evening, the decision was made to condense the racing program to go from practice/qualifying straight into the Main Event, removing the Semis altogether.
Sitting pole for the Main Event, Kopp got off the line in fourth and he quickly made up two spots out of the first turn. He pressured the race leader for the first six laps before launching his KTM 450 SX-F into the lead just before the halfway point. Setting the fastest race-lap of any class all day, the young rider was able to pull a comfortable gap on the rest of the field early on but his teammate, Whale, came on strong in in the second half of racing. Despite a valiant late-race charge by Whale, Kopp was able to hold strong for a slim victory at Round 3.
Kody Kopp (12). Photo courtesy Red Bull KTM Factory Racing.
Kody Kopp: “I’m feeling really comfortable on my motorcycle as of late. Hats off to my entire Red Bull KTM team. We put a ton of work in this offseason and I feel like we are showcasing exactly that. With the rushed program due to weather, I knew I had to make every session count. We had very clean racing in the Main Event and I couldn’t be happier to pull off my second win. Going to get back to work and start preparing for the double header in Kentucky next month!”
Whale, last round’s pole-sitter, earned a front-row start in the Main Event with third in qualifying and he powered his KTM 450 SX-F to a third-place spot off the line. Quickly slotting into second through turn one, Whale was passed early on by his teammate and he shuffled into third on the opening lap. It took a few laps for the Aussie to get back into a rhythm and that’s when he began his climb toward the front. Overtaking second halfway through the race, Whale put his head down and made a late-race charge to close the gap on his teammate in the final stretch. Despite a hard-fought effort, Whale came up just short as he crossed the line only 0.754 seconds away from his first win of the season.
Max Whale (18). Photo courtesy Red Bull KTM Factory Racing.
Max Whale: “This round had a different vibe and it was really tough. We had some more rain so it was really hard to go from qualifying to the Main Event without kind of getting those pre-race jitters out in the Semi. I had a good enough qualifying time for a front row start in the main and the first lap is really what made me lose the race. I fought back hard in the last half of the race and ended up second but it was too little, too late.”
After three rounds, Kopp and Whale sit first and second overall, respectively, in the AFT Single Championship standings.
Next Race: Red Mile (Double Header) – Lexington, Kentucky – May 28-29, 2022
Round 3 Results – I-70 Half-Mile
AFT Singles Main Event
1. Kody Kopp, Red Bull KTM Factory Racing
2. Max Whale, Red Bull KTM Factory Racing
3. Morgen Mischler, Honda
5. James Ott, KTM
12. Travis Petton IV, KTM
16. Ryan Wells, KTM
AFT Singles Point Standings (After Round 3)
1. Kody Kopp, 70 points
2. Max Whale, 57
3. Morgen Mischler, 56
13. Ryan Wells, 18
15. Hunter Bauer, 12
16. Tanner Dean, 11
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HARLEY-DAVIDSON HOMECOMING EVENT AND 2023 DATES ANNOUNCED
Four-Day Festival in Milwaukee Celebrates Harley-Davidson’s 120th Anniversary and Kicks Off the Annual Homecoming Event
MILWAUKEE, WI (April 25, 2022) – Harley-Davidson® will celebrate its 120th Anniversary by launching the Harley-Davidson® Homecoming event, an annual four-day festival filled with music, food and moto-culture. The inaugural event will take place at multiple venues throughout the Milwaukee area on July 13-16, 2023, and welcomes riders, enthusiasts, and fans to meet in Milwaukee for a huge celebration.
“We invite everyone, riders, non-riders and fans around the world, to join us in Milwaukee next summer for the Harley-Davidson Homecoming where we will celebrate 120 years of our incredible brand,” said Jochen Zeitz, Chairman, President and CEO of Harley-Davidson. “This will be the first in a series of unforgettable annual events in Milwaukee. Stay tuned for more details in coming months, and we look forward to celebrating with you in 2023.”
To find lodging options in Milwaukee visit https://www.visitmilwaukee.org/harley-davidson-homecoming-2023/. Camping and RV parking information is available at Wisconsin Campgrounds https://www.wisconsincampgrounds.com/. Note that most reservations are not available to book until one year in advance of event.
Harley-Davidson recently launched “The Road to Harley-Davidson Homecoming Challenge” where riders and non-riders alike can participate in chances to earn virtual badges, win daily and monthly prizes and enter a sweepstakes for a chance to win a grand prize trip to Milwaukee to participate in the Homecoming event. For sweepstakes Official Rules, program and prize details and more information regarding The Road to Harley-Davidson Homecoming Challenge, download the Harley-Davidson App, or visit H-D.com/ride.