Since being a finalist in the Kawasaki Zero to Hero Challenge, Robert Parker has found new motivation for speed. Robert says, "Before Zero to Hero I would watch pro racers and their increasingly fast numbers and think I would never be in that league. But since riding the ZX-14R and working with Rickey Gadson, I now feel like I have a chance to beat these same guys!"
After the Zero Hero to event Robert purchased his very own ZX-14R and is now on a path for speed. The first thing he did was replace the stock exhaust with a Brock's Performance Alien Head Exhaust System and added Roaring Toyz swingarm extensions. "My goal for 2012 is to simply get use to the ZX-14R and perfect my riding, and then of course decide on what direction to go, nitrous or turbo charging? " said Robert.
Robert headed to the MIROCK Summer Bike Fest to ride his new bike and ride one of the Rickey Gadson school bikes. "I had a great time checking out the pro bikes and talking to Rickey Gadson and Chris Jones about Rickey's new 2012 ZX-14R turbo bike. MIROCK has a great atmosphere and I look forward to heading back to the next event in August." reports Robert.
Robert ran his new ZX-14R in Crazy 8's even though he didn't get a chance to install the Brock's Performance Clutch Mod or an air shifter. Despite foot shifting Robert made it three rounds before giving it away to the big red montser.
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In the 5.60 class Robert was running one of the Rickey Gadson school bikes. However he did not fair as well in this class. In the rush of doing a one day race, Robert forgot to charge up the air shifter before his first round and it cost him the race despite qualifying with a 5.67. Robert said, " I know it was a mistake on my part but, just like life some times you have to learn the hard way by making mistakes. This, will be that mistake I won't soon forget."
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All in all I look back at the race as a great experience to take back home and get prepared for the next time. I'm not at all discouraged but more fueled to go back and take a win.
In the next few months I plan on attending the the Mirock series and the Manufacturers Cup even though the series/championship is already under way. I want to get accustomed to the level of competition so that I can figure out what class to run and have the new ZX14R setup for the start of the 2013 season.
How has the Zero to Hero Experience Impacted your life:
Since the Zero to Hero Challenge I have gotten more attention which has opened the door to racing at a professional level. I have gotten support from Rickey Gadson, Brock Davidson, two local bike shops and hopefully a few more to come. I've been getting asked by fellow riders at local tracks to help teach them what they should be doing during a pass, some are even asking me to run their bikes in order to get a faster ET. The attention has been excited and humbling all at the same time. I am grateful to Kawasaki and all the people that continue to help and support me in my quest for Pro Rider Status.