Birth Date: 6/19/2003
Hometown: Mattoon, IL
Weight: 140 lbs
On the heels of a stellar rookie season in the premier class, Daniels looks to build on his standout performance as he returns for his fifth season with the team for the 2023 American Flat Track season.
After becoming the first rider to win the Nicky Hayden AMA Horizon Award in both flat track and in road racing in 2018, the countdown to his 16th birthday was on throughout the opening half of the 2019 season. Once he was finally old enough to participate, Daniels immediately made up for lost time and lived up to all the hype. Weeks after scoring his maiden MotoAmerica Junior Cup victory, Daniels kicked off his AFT Singles career with a solid 11th-place result. He was only just getting started, finishing inside the top five in his third race, and then flat-out dominating the Peoria TT. Daniels added two more podiums to his 2019 haul and came within a handful of points of breaking into the championship top 10 despite not being allowed to compete until the season was half over.
In his first full season as a professional, Daniels established himself as one of the sport’s brightest stars regardless of class. He completely dominated the AFT Singles championship fight in 2020, winning more than half the races and registering a six-race win streak en route to an early title wrap. Although it came down to the final race of the year, Daniels once again reigned supreme in the AFT Singles Championship. In addition to becoming the first back-to-back champion in the class, he rose to second on the support class’ all-time win list with 13 victories. While defending his AFT Singles title in 2021, Daniels also enjoyed a stellar debut aboard the Twin in the AFT Production Twins class, scoring three wins and a second-place finish in the four events he entered.
Daniels continued to impress as he made the transition to the premier class last season. The fast rider from Illinois hit the ground running in 2022 and was also a title contender in the competitive Mission SuperTwins Championship. He scored a pair of wins on the Mile tracks and stood on the podium seven times to finish third in the points standings. With a year under his belt, the 18-year-old looks to come out swinging in 2023.