LaDon Hall was in the final eight of the Zero to Hero Challenge, however he did not receive enough votes to make it down to the final four. He came in fifth in the voting polls, but lucky for LaDon, that made him an alternate and Kawasaki brought him to Vegas with the final four. All contestants had to obtain their NHRA license in Vegas, and LaDon would become part of the final four if any of the other contestants couldn't make the cut. LaDon wasn't as lucky in Vegas because the final four were all able to obtain their NHRA licenses. But he's not complaining because he still got to participate in the entire Zero to Hero event, minus the TV time of course.
"The Zero to Hero event has definitely changed my plans for moving forward with Drag Racing. Prior to the event, most of my experience in drag racing was on a wheelie bar bike. I had taken my street bikes to test & tune nights, but had I never raced a lowered non wheelie bar bike. After riding Rickey’s ZX-14R school bikes, I have decided to change my focus from wheelie bar bikes to no-bar sport bikes." said LaDon
Shortly after the Zero to Hero event, LaDon went out and got himself a shiny new toy. Do you have to ask what he got?
Now that LaDon has his very own ZX-14R, he plans on taking the foundation that Rickey’s Drag Racing School gave him and work on improving his riding ability. "I’ll continue to run E.T. classes with a goal of running the NHDRO schedule in the Street Fighter (9.50) index class. The close proximity of the events on their schedule make it realistic for me to compete on a regular basis. I am also looking at potentially attending a few MIROCK events if time and budget allow." said LaDon
"The Kawasaki Zero to Hero event has definitely increased my motivation in pursuing my passion for motorcycle drag racing. My hobbies have always taken a back seat to pursuing my education, my job, working on my house, and raising a family. My priorities are still the same, but I now have a stronger desire to make time to pursue drag Racing and riding on the street. The event has also motivated my wife to become a part of the experience. Prior to the event, she was not familiar with motorcycle drag racing and could not figure out why my parents and I love being a part of it. The contest sparked my wife’s interest and she is looking forward to attending races as a family now too." said LaDon
LaDon wen on to say, "I can’t say enough good things about the people at Kawasaki. They gave me an opportunity of a lifetime and they have motivated my family to pursue our hobbies together. I am forever grateful.
What's up next for LaDon? Well we hear he is shopping around for an exhaust system and a few other goodies. Stay tuned to see where his new journey takes him.