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Thursday, September 16, 2004 - 08:48:38 AM PST

Gadson to appear on BET's "Maad Sports"

Rickey Gadson will appear on the BET (Black Entertainment Television) sports program, "Maad Sports", this Saturday. The segment was filmed at the AMA/Prostar Orient Express U.S. Motorcycle Nationals at Atco Raceway this past September. 

"The producers met with me thru my cousin Thomas Gadson, who is also my website designer, on August 17th, a couple of weeks before the Atco race," said Gadson. "It was when I was in Washington DC to be a guest on the infamous Donnie Simpson's radio show. We met and they wanted to do a segment."

The piece was filmed on the Sunday of the event. After live interview at NBC Studios in Philadelphia (Rickey's quite the media darling) the BET crew rode with Rickey to the track, interviewing him on the way. The crew then went to Philadelphia to his mother's neighborhood to document the family and friend's journey to the track. Once back at Atco, they filmed the entire event focusing on the Schnitz Streetbike Shootout class. 

The segment will air this Saturday on BET at 12:00 Eastern time. Gadson noted that the producers expressed interest in doing more segments on motorcycle drag racing so be sure to check it out and send some feedback to the people at BET. For more information, check local listing for "Maad Sports" on BET or log on to the website at

It's been a busy time for Gadson with the birth of his son. Gadson tells us that he has also been busy with his "other baby", his Kawasaki ZX-12R turbo Shootout bike (pictured, right). He debuted the bike at the NMRA event at The Strip in Las Vegas on October 5-6.

"This bike has been long-awaited," said Gadson. "It took over a year and a half to put together. It was the first time I ever saw it, and it was a masterpiece. After riding the bike around the pits to see if it loaded up or overheated, we finally proceeded to the starting line for a shake down run. It ran 9.10 at 161 mph - hardly impressive, after a year wait right? But on the second pass the bike hooked up and rolled down the 1/4 at 8.39/167. Much better. After some mapping, the bike really woke up running an 8.18 at 175 mph - well worth the wait! Can't wait to climb aboard for part two of testing. Soon…"


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