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Gadson Claims Atlanta AMA Dragrace Win

Thursday, April 9, 2009
Rickey Gadson dragrace win at Atlanta Raceway
Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Rickey Gadson ran an unofficial record elapsed time of 9.001 at Atlanta Dragway to take the win in Round 2 of the AMA Dragbike Series.
Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Rickey Gadson followed up his Supersport win from Valdosta, Ga. last month with another one in Commerce, Ga. during round two of the AMA Dragbike Series at Atlanta Dragway. In addition to his win, Gadson ran an unofficial record elapsed time (ET) of 9.001 in the class.

During the semi-finals, Gadson faced another ZX-14 that was also an Adams Performance machine. When the bikes crossed the quarter mile the times and speeds were identical down to the hundredth. Since Gadson’s reaction time was a .085 to his competitors’ .107, Gadson took the win and moved to the finals.

Gadson showed off his ZX-14 Pro Street machine for the first time in Commerce, but the team was still working out the newly built motorcycle. During their few passes over the weekend, the team saw improvement and will continue to step forward in a class that is new to them.

Rickey Gadson and Crew
It has been a good start on the new ZX-14 Pro Street bike for Gadson and his crew members, who will continue to tweak the bike for better results heading into Memphis. 
“We haven’t been able to test much so this weekend was a good learning experience for us,” said Gadson. “The Pro Street class is very competitive, but I feel with the right improvements we can begin to prove that we belong in this class.”

During the race weekend at the Atlanta Dragway, the AMA Pro Road Racing Series was just down the road in Braselton. Kawasaki road racer and drag racing fan Jamie Hacking made the trip to the drag strip on Saturday night to watch Gadson.

Gadson looks to defend his win streak in the Supersport class at the next round on May 2-3 at Memphis Motorsports Park in Memphis, Tenn. The team will also look to the round in Memphis to continue to improve their Pro Street results.

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