Cycle Gear has been helping out riders of all ages since we opened our doors in 1974. Our Cycle Gear Racing program has worked with riders in regional, national, and international competitions.
Today we feature 14 year old roadracer Nolan Lamkin from Indiana.
Nolan has been riding motorcycles since he was two years old (no, not a typo – we checked…twice). His father, a motorcycle drag racer, asked him if he wanted to drag race as well. Nolan’s response? A very enthusiastic “No dad, I want to do the turns.” So at the age of eight he started racing his scooter tire-clad Suzuki JR50 around a cart track in Ohio.
From there Nolan went on to win championships.
- 2012: WERA North Central Formula 3, OMRL Formula 2
- 2013: WERA North Central Formula 3, WERA Mid Atlantic Formula 3, Second place WERA North Central Formula 2
Also in 2013, Nolan was invited to attend the Red Bull Rookies Cup selection event in Monteblanco Spain, further proving how talented of a rider he is.
- 2014: Two more regional WERA Formula 3 championships, a third place DSB title, and a third place in the WERA Nationals – despite only racing two out of 11 rounds. Did we mention that he was the only rider to beat the eventual national champion? Yeah. That happened.
Racing is not the only thing he is good at. He carries a 3.6GPA at Creekside Middle School in Carmel, Indiana. His favorite class is science, and he attacks it with the same effort as he does racing. A desalinization process that he developed was good enough for his teacher to submit it to MIT and UC Berkeley.
In 2015 Nolan finds himself aboard a KTM 390 in the appropriately named KTM390 Cup series with MotoAmerica. The youngest competitor, Nolan is currently tied for 12th place leading into this weekends round at Miller Motorsports Park. After that, the series travels to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca July 17-19, and the finale in New Jersey September 11-13.
What does the future hold for this young gun? Well, he has to wait until 2017 to throw a leg over a 600 with MotoAmerica, so he will be honing his track knowledge with WERA and CCS when he is not racing the KTM 390 Cup.
Follow along this weekend with the MotoAmerica Live timing.
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