Today the road racing community lost not just a fast up-and-coming racer, but also one of the most polite and likable kids at the racetrack. On March 11, 2013, young road racer Kenny Anderson was pronounced brain dead after sustaining injuries from a crash during the opening round of the 2013 AFM Road Racing Series at Buttonwillow Raceway. Anderson had been in a coma since the crash and reports state he will remain on life support for two more days.
Kenny began his racing livelihood aboard pocket bikes at a young age, winning championships with SCMiniGP, SMRRC, and AMMA. Soon after, he moved onto a NSR50 and 65, also scoring championships aboard the two machines. Eventually Kenny would find himself in the saddle of 150cc-powered race bikes in RS125 chassis competing in the AFM and WERA road racing series. In 2012 the young racer won two championships with WERA West in the HWT Superbike and Formula 2 Novice classes. Last month Kenny scored his first expert win in the Formula 2 class at a WERA West race in Las Vegas, Nevada, a dream come true for the boy. Anderson’s final accomplishments came during the weekend of his accident at Buttonwillow Raceway when he scored yet another win in AFM’s 250cc Production Expert class on top of setting a new 250cc track record.
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Throughout my years in motorcycle racing, I have read articles about fatal racing accidents of people I’m familiar with. I’ve seen guys that I race with pass away and I’ve lost some friends along the way, but for some reason this one hurts the worst by far. Although I have an editorial job in the motorcycle industry, I never really thought of having to write an article such as this about someone I knew personally. To make matters worse I never dreamed of having to pen an article about one of the fastest and most respectful 12-year-old kids around.
It breaks my heart knowing that I’ll never have the chance to write a race report or post a press release that reads, “Kenny Anderson wins his first AMA Supersport Race.” I have no doubt in my mind that I would have at some point in the future.
Race In Peace little buddy, I’ll see you again one day!