Roadracing World started this exclusive special feature recognizing the most promising young road racers as an answer to pessimists who claimed North America had no new, up-and-coming young racers. This edition of the Roadracing World Young Gun Awards marks the 25th consecutive year of showcasing what is actually an abundance of new talent.
Roadracing World Young Guns have won:
FIM MotoGP and FIM Superbike races and World Championships;
MotoAmerica/AMA Pro races and Championships, including nine MotoAmerica/AMA Pro Superbike Championships;
A KTM RC Cup World Final race;
The Daytona 200 (10 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 2021 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 by Brian J. Nelson.
Current home: Hammonton, New Jersey.
Current height/weight: 5’6”/110 pounds.
Current school grade level: 10th grade.
Began riding motorcycles at age: 3 ½ years.
First road race: 2015, Millville, New Jersey, NJ MiniGP, Spec 50, 8th Place.
Current racebike: Kawasaki Ninja 400
Current tuners/mechanics: Kevin Rodio (father), Rich Cronrath.
Primary race series: MotoAmerica Junior Cup.
Top Sponsors: Rodio Racing, Evolve GT, N2, Spellcaster Productions, Kathedral, K-Tech, Orient Express, VNM Sport, Motool, NJMiniGP, Innovative Motorcycle Research, Red Mist Racing, MAR Contractors, Adams Polishes, Jonco Collision, Motogladiator, HJC, Chicken Hawk Racing, Dunlop, RS Taichi/Moto Liberty, Liqui Moly USA, Vortex, Category 5 Racing, Hang Dry, SFLMiniGP, Noiseless Productions, Mount Holly Motorsports, Spears Racing, BobbleHeadMoto.
Recent racing accomplishments: 2020 season, placed 11th in MotoAmerica Junior Cup Championship (5 top-5 finishes in the first 7 races, was 5th in point standings before suffering season-ending injury), was leading CCS Atlantic and Mid-Atlantic overall regional Championships prior to injury; 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.
2021 racing goal: Win MotoAmerica Junior Cup Championship.
Racing career goal: Win a World Championship.
Racing hero: Nicky Hayden.
Favorite track: Road Atlanta.
Favorite hobby: Supermoto.
If I wasn’t racing I would be…: Riding dirt bikes.
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HARLEY-DAVIDSON LAUNCHES CERTIFIED PROGRAM FOR PRE-OWNED MOTORCYCLES
Harley-Davidson Certified Bikes Backed by 12-Month Limited Warranty* and Roadside Assistance**
MILWAUKEE – Harley-Davidson® today revealed the details of Harley-Davidson Certified, the first certified pre-owned motorcycle program supported by Harley-Davidson through its network of authorized Harley-Davidson dealers in the United States.
“H-D Certified is a strategic effort to strengthen our competitive position and is part of our new approach to the used motorcycle marketplace, aligned to the strategic priorities of The Hardwire, while supporting growth,” said Jochen Zeitz, chairman, president and CEO, Harley-Davidson. “We believe this program will drive Harley-Davidson desirability and enhance the overall customer experience, allowing more riders to have access to our motorcycles and provide them with an added level of confidence in their purchase.”
The Harley-Davidson Certified program is designed to take the worry out of purchasing a pre-owned Harley-Davidson motorcycle. Each Harley-Davidson Certified pre-owned motorcycle will be subjected to a comprehensive 110-point quality-assurance inspection by certified Harley-Davidson technicians. Dealers will also verify that the pre-owned motorcycle has no open recalls or a blocked VIN, has not been in a major accident, and that all scheduled service is up to date. Harley-Davidson motorcycles eligible for the program must be no more than five model years old, have less than 25,000 miles of use, and not contain aftermarket modifications to the engine or transmission, or major chassis or electrical modifications.
A Harley-Davidson Certified pre-owned motorcycle will be sold with a 12-month limited warranty on the engine and transmission. Each Harley-Davidson Certified motorcycle sale also includes a complimentary one-year membership in H.O.G. (Harley Owners Group), with standard member benefits like roadside assistance. Special financing rates and programs for the purchase of a Harley-Davidson Certified pre-owned motorcycle will be available through Harley-Davidson Financial Services to qualified customers.
Participation in the Harley-Davidson Certified program will be at the discretion of each authorized Harley-Davidson dealer. For more information go to: https://www.harley-davidson.com/us/en/products/bikes/certified-pre-owned.html
*The Harley-Davidson Certified 12-month limited warranty has a $50 deductible charge per claim.
**For complete list of H.O.G. member benefits, visit https://www.harley-davidson.com/us/en/content/hog/membership-benefits.html.
About Harley-Davidson Harley-Davidson, Inc. is the parent company of Harley-Davidson Motor Company and Harley-Davidson Financial Services. Our vision: Building our legend and leading our industry through innovation, evolution and emotion. Our mission: More than building machines, we stand for the timeless pursuit of adventure. Freedom for the soul. Since 1903, Harley-Davidson has defined motorcycle culture with an expanding range of leading-edge, distinctive and customizable motorcycles in addition to riding experiences and exceptional motorcycle accessories, riding gear and apparel. Harley-Davidson Financial Services provides financing, insurance and other programs to help get Harley-Davidson riders on the road. Learn more at www.harley-davidson.com.