The $2,500 Roadracing World Young Gun Award will go to the eligible rider in either AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike or AMA Pro SuperSport who earns the most overall points and was no older than 18 years old at the start of the 2014 AMA Pro Road Racing season.
Jake Lewis, aboard his MotoSport.com/Meen Yamaha YZF-R6, has put together a tremendous season in GoPro Daytona SportBike competition and has all but locked up the coveted Roadracing World Young Gun Award this season.
Lewis's 182 points are 54 points higher than the next closest contestant, Kaleb De Keyrel, who has accumulated 144 points in SuperSport and four points in GoPro Daytona SportBike. The only way for De Keyrel to catch Lewis with one round remaining would be to win both SuperSport races next month when the series heads to New Jersey Motorsports Park, and have Lewis somehow not finish either race.
In other words, the coveted $2,500 award that Roadracing World has so graciously offered up as a prize for the up-and-coming stars of the sport, will be in the hands of Lewis at the season's conclusion next month, and deservingly so. The Princeton, Ky. native has had by far the best season of his young, yet promising career, as he currently sits second in the overall GoPro Daytona SportBike point standings, just seven behind Jake Gagne.
"It means a lot to be in such good position to win this award," said Lewis. "To be one of the youngest riders in the sport and have the opportunity to achieve something like this is huge for me and my team. I won Rookie of the Year last year and got my first win this season so I'm happy about that. It's also very generous of Roadracing World to offer the $2,500 that they have, to the winner."
If his lead holds true, Lewis will officially claim the 2014 Roadracing World Young Gun Award at AMA Pro Road Racing's awards banquet set to be held Monday afternoon, Sept. 15 at NJMP following the Kawasaki Devil's Showdown scheduled to run on Sept. 13-14.
The Young Gun Of The Year Award is based on Roadracing World magazine's 18 consecutive years of recognizing the best young road racers in North America. The 2014 version of the annual feature was published in the April issue and recognized 32 riders - 12 of them AMA Pro riders.
"We're happy to work with AMA Pro Racing to name the 2014 Roadracing World Young Gun Of The Year," said Roadracing World founder John Ulrich. "For almost two decades we have recognized the top up-and-coming road racers in the country in our annual Roadracing World Young Guns feature. Many of our Young Guns have gone on to professional racing careers, and this award is a great way to acknowledge their aspirations and accomplishments."
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