Former PSM rider Shawn Gann has passed away

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Former NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle rider Shawn Gann has passed away. He was 42.

While there is online speculation, no official cause of death has not been announced yet. And we’re not going to speculate.

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He reportedly passed away on May 16th.

“I got to see and chat with Shawn in Valdosta [Ga.] before the Gatornationals back in March,” NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle rider Steve Johnson said to “We talked about racing and fatherhood. He was so proud and happy. Shawn had a fantastic spirit within him. I believe it helped make him one of the best riders NHRA PSM has ever seen as well as a wonderful father. Personally, I’m grateful to have raced and known him. My most heartfelt condolences to his mom, dad, and son. We will all miss Shawn tremendously.”

He was involved in a very bad bicycle accident in December 2018. He was able to recover from that incident.

According to Competition Plus, he was injured after testing a dirt bike in North Carolina. He had fixed the bike for a family friend, the report said.

Gann competed in the NHRA’s Pro Stock Motorcycle category from 2000 through 2017. He was a five-time NHRA national event winner.

His last win came at the Mile-High Nationals at Bandimere Speedway in 2013. Besides his five wins, he also had nine career runner-ups.

In the 34th annual Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals, Gann defeated Hector Arana Jr. to win his final Wally. He went 7.351 at 181.08 mph to win the Wally.

Arana Jr. went 7.376 at 182.11 mph in the losing effort.

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