Motorcycle Racing News Beat Rickey Gadson, Win a ZX-14R

Beat Rickey Gadson, Win a ZX-14R

2012 Kawasaki ZX-14R

Four consumers will be given a chance to race nine-time AMA Drag Bike Champion Rickey Gadson to win a 2012 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-14R, the world’s quickest production sportbike.

Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A. is asking potential contestants to submit an essay to explaining why they should race Gadson in the "Zero to Hero" promotion, beginning Jan. 1, 2012.

Finalists will travel to Rickey Gadson’s Drag Racing School where they will receive two days of instruction from the nine-time champion, while also qualifying for their own NHRA Bracket license. Once qualified, the four will race against each other in elimination-style rounds and the quickest contestant will have a chance to race Gadson for a brand-new 2012 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-14R sportbike.

Chris Brull (Kawasaki Marketing Communications Director) says: "The ZX-14R is the quickest production sportbike available today and the Zero to Hero promotion allows us to display that power on the race track.

"Rickey is one of the fastest drag racers around and his school has helped many riders become top-level racers. We can’t think of a better way to celebrate the new ZX-14R, than to give our riders a chance to race against Rickey."

Eight semi-finalists will be chosen after essay submissions close on Feb. 14. The public will be introduced to the semi-finalists on, from Mar. 14 through Apr. 14, where they can vote for their favorite. Shortly after Apr. 14, the field will be reduced to four finalists. In May, those finalists will travel to Las Vegas, where one of them will go from "Zero to Hero!"

No purchase necessary to enter or win, nor will making a purchase increase your chances of winning. Contest entry submission begins on Jan. 1, 2012 and ends on Feb. 14, 2012. Must be a legal resident of the U.S. or the District of Columbia, of the legal age of majority in your jurisdiction of residence, at least 18 years of age or older, and have a valid state-issued driver’s license with a valid motorcycle endorsement as of the date of entry.

For additional eligibility requirements see full official rules at

Ron Lieback
Ron Lieback
One of the few moto journalists based on the East Coast, Ron Lieback joined the motorcycle industry as a freelancer in 2007, and is currently Online Editor at Ultimate Motorcycling.

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