Headed up by title winner Rickey Gadson, Brock’s Performance-equipped riders dominated the 2009 AMA Dragbike SuperSport Championship, taking seven of the top 10 overall positions.
For Brock’s Performance, SuperSport is more than a high-profile forum in which to accrue bragging rights. More importantly, the class is a crucial product research, development and proving ground.
Supersport Drag Champ
Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Rickey Gadson captured his ninth-career championship in the Supersport class at the final round of the AMA Dragbike Series at the South Georgia Motorsports Park in Valdosta, Ga. Gadson secured the championship after his first run, then topped off the season with a win in the class. In just his first year running the popular Pro Street class, Gadson steadily improved throughout the year, finishing the year with his best qualifying effort of third.
Dramatic sport bikes need a dramatic title. What does a Ninja say? Shhh! I’m a Ninja! No, not in Kawasaki’s case, as a promised 200 horsepower rockets the Kawasaki ZX-10R motorcycle to an indicated 168 mph at the end of the straight, it growls like a tortured werewolf.
The Ninja ZX-10R motorcycle shines on the racetrack, thanks to technology developed on Kawasaki road race bikes. Although designed to offer maximum performance on the circuit, the same power and handling that provide such amazing on-track performance, also make it more fun for riding this motorcycle on the street.
When handed the keys to the 2009 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R, (aka ZX600R9F, as it’s called in the lab), a sudden inspiration to take risks beyond my comfort level stirred within. Upon first glance, this bike immediately satiated my cravings for something stylish and fresh.
Track-Ready, Supersport Motorcycle
Having surrendered the AMA 600cc Supersport title in 2008, Kawasaki is clearly anxious to get it back. The previous Ninja iteration was a good machine, but the all-new Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R is in a different league altogether, as we found out at Autopolis–Kawasaki’s spectacular racetrack just outside Kumamoto, Japan.
He takes back-to-back wins but it ain’t Mladin.
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.
Doha, Qatar is well worth a visit, despite being halfway around the world. The people are friendly, they like Americans, and the modern city is essentially crime-free. But, it is Losail International Circuit’s grippy and smooth track surface that makes the trip to the first stop on the MotoGP calendar so very much worthwhile.
Long-Term Motorcycle Test
Chalk one up for the power of the Internet. After learning I’d be the lucky long term tester of a 2007 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-14, I immediately logged on to the manufacturer’s website to become better acquainted with my options before embarking upon what will hopefully be a beautiful relationship with the “it” bike of speed fanatics everywhere. Months ago, I enjoyed quality time with a “Passion Red” 2006 ZX-14, which led me to wonder what sort of styling cues might befit its extraordinary performance capabilities.
Effectively melding the design philosophy of its MotoGP racing division with its street-going, production-based supersport machine, Kawasaki has retired the 636 offering to concentrate their middleweight efforts solely on the 600. The result is an all-new Ninja ZX-6R.