Thursday, October 30, 2003 - 09:02:17 AM EDT

Team Green

Gadson's ZX-12 Leads the Way in Indy
By: Jack Korpela

Team Green/Chevy Trucks Drag Race member, Rickey Gadson recorded the quickest street bike pass off-all-time en route to winning the AMA/Prostar Pingel Thunder Nationals from Indianapolis, IN.

In a competitive field of 27 motorcycles, Gadson chopped his way through the elimination bracket, posting an unbelievable lap time of 7.56 at 190 mph in round three.

The run surpassed the longstanding national record by almost a full tenth of a second.

"It was just a banzai perfect run to every single part of the track," Gadson said. "Rob Muzzy, Coby Adams, and myself found a minor problem with the bike. I didn't think such a little change would make a difference, but it ended up being the difference all weekend."

In the final Gadson defeated Suzuki-mounted rival Keith Dennis, with a 7.69 to Dennis' 8.14. Gadson's fifth straight victory of the year leaves him undefeated on the season and unbeaten in over a year.

"It is quite an achievement to have not lost in over a year," Gadson said. "We have won over 32 rounds in-a-row. I give a lot of the credit to my team and sponsors"

For the 7.56 elapsed-time record to be official Gadson would have had to back it up within on percent by running 7.635 or better. When asked if he was disappointed about not officially claiming the record Gadson responded, "Absolutely not. I couldn't care less about the record. It's good for bragging rights but after coming up short the last three seasons, all I am concerned with is the championship."

Teammate Chip Ellis, set top-speed and low elapsed-time in the Formula Superbike category with a blazing 8.08 at 165 mph, but fell just short of the event victory when transmission problems hindered him in the semi-finals.

"The bike just wouldn't shift for me," Ellis said. "We have had that transmission in there for two years so we have got a ton of passes on it. We will take it home and tear it all apart. It really is an awesome bike. It's just not performing up to its potential right now." Despite the loss Ellis still enjoys a commanding points lead.

Team Green 600 Super Sport competitor Chip Hunter kept his championship hopes alive by qualifying in the number-two spot and winning two rounds before being upset in the quarter-finals.

With all three members closing in on their respective championship, Team Green/Chevy Trucks Drag Race Team now looks to the next stop on the AMA/ Prostar tour in Atco, NJ, September 6th-7th.

Team Kawasaki expressed its appreciation to all of its dedicated sponsors and hopes to once again, win a few number-one plates for them;

  • Motul
  • Muzzy's
  • Thunder
  • Progressive Suspension
  • Cometic Gaskets
  • NGK
  • Air-Tech
  • Dyna
  • Kawasaki Accessories

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