After a few difficult years, the American motorcycling landscape is picking up and honing talents who are also standing out on the international stage, Joe Roberts and Cameron Beaubier for example. Beaubier will debut in Moto2 this season after having won the MotoAmerica Superbike title on five occasions.
Another rider who’s already had the chance to race internationally is Rocco Landers, who, at just 16 competed in the Red Bull Rookies Cup. Landers has proved to be the most promising young rider in America right now, scoring three titles in two years in the Twins Cup and Supersport 300 classes.
Next step the SSP600
The Californian was crowned Supersport 300 champion in both 2019 and 2020, while also winning the Twins Cup last year, in his debut season. Championships that he dominated in fact, for a total of 38 wins and 45 podiums.
An enviable achievement that has caught the eye of former rider Josh Hayes and wife Melissa Paris. At the end of last year they supplied him with a Yamaha R6 with which, on his debut appearance aboard a 600, he won four races in just one day at the Chuckwalla track.
Landers: "A new challenge awaits"
For the upcoming MotoAmerica Supersport season, Rocco will race for his father’s Landers Racing team: “A new and exciting challenge awaits. I got to ride an R6 thanks to Melissa Paris and Josh Hayes and immediately got on well, so I’m sure I can be competitive. I’m also very pleased to race for my father’s team, because I work very well with him and know he will give me his full support."
Translated by Heather Watson