Fresno teenager Aden Thao will make his MotoAmerica Liqui Moly Junior Cup debut at the Cycle Gear Championship of Sonoma.

The primary mission of the MotoAmerica Liqui Moly Junior Cup class, and the MotoAmerica KTM RC Cup class that preceded it, has always been to introduce young motorcycle riders to the sport of motorcycle road racing. One of the secondary missions is to cultivate America’s next motorcycle road racing World Champion.

And, like rungs on a ladder, each MotoAmerica race class gives road racers steps up to the EBC Brakes Superbike Series, and beyond.

This season, we’ve seen former RC Cup and Junior Cup riders climb the ladder to the Twins Cup class (Alex Dumas, Draik Beauchamp, and Joseph Blasius), Supersport class (Jaret Nassaney, Nolan Lamkin, Benjamin Smith, and Cory Ventura), and even the Stock 1000 Class with Ashton Yates, who previously raced in Junior Cup and Supersport, and is now entered to compete aboard a Vic Fasola Racing Yamaha YZF-R1 at next weekend’s Cycle Gear Championship of Sonoma.

Ashton Yates started his MotoAmerica road racing career in the Liqui Moly Junior Cup class, then he moved up to Supersport, and next weekend, he will make his debut in Stock 1000 at Sonoma Raceway.

While Yates throws a leg aboard a 1000cc motorcycle for the first time in MotoAmerica competition, 15-year-old Fresno resident Aden Thao will also be making his MotoAmerica debut in Liqui Moly Junior Cup.

Thao was recently featured in a TV news segment on FOX26 in Fresno, as well as in a story on the TV station’s Website. Check it out at: https://kmph.com/sports/local-sports/valley-teen-ready-to-race