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Milestone win for Adams Performance, Jeremy Teasley, nitrous oxide, and Kawasaki

Video clip of interviews at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ImAEXwk-bLc

AMA Dragbike’s MTC Elmer Trett Nationals proved to be a milestone event for Kawasaki, 19 year-old rider Jeremy Teasley, the power-adder nitrous oxide, builder/tuner Coby Adams of Adams Performance, and bike owner Roger Starrette.

Neither a nitrous bike nor a Kawasaki has won an Orient Express Pro Street race since the class added an inch of ground clearance and changed its name from Streetbike Shootout several years ago. The last Shootout win for a Kawasaki came with the Rob Muzzy-built turbo ZX12 ridden in 2004 by Rickey Gadson. The last win for a nitrous bike was with an old-school Suzuki GSXR built by Adams and ridden by Ryan Schnitz in 2002. Adams now fields a turbo Kawasaki ZX14 for Gadson and a Roger Starrette-owned nitrous ZX14 for Teasley in Pro Street.

What everyone in the class found in Friday testing was a green Atlanta Dragway racetrack. An unseasoned surface is typical for the early April event in northern Georgia, and openly hostile to the 550 horsepower turbo bikes, especially in the back half of the track where turbo power really shines. Nitrous bikes, with a slider clutch and a little extra wheelbase, have the advantage down low. So in a class that is preparing for a 6 Second Club, Teasley was able to nail his first Pro Street win with sharp lights and a 7.40 in the final over Jason Dunigan.

The team blew up the A motor on Teasley’s nitrous bike in the second round of qualifying on Saturday, settling for seventh place in the order but getting the new bullet in and taking an eighth mile shut-off pass in Q3. “We didn’t know what broke the other one, so we just wanted to play it safe with the back-up motor,” said crew chief Garron Miller.

Gadson qualified fifth on the turbo bike, but only after a crowd pleasing, half-track wheelie. “Man, we’re not throwing any boost to it and it’s wheelieing out there,” said Miller. “I mean, the crowd yesterday was crazy for 10 minutes when Rickey rode that eighth mile wheelie. As big as a crowd as we had yesterday, that was awesome. So it was a good show that he did that, but it wasn’t good ET-wise. We changed motors and it‘s making more power than it ever has. We kept taking power out and taking power out, but we still can’t stop the wheelies. No matter how much power I’m taking out, feeling I’m taking TOO much out, I’m still not taking out enough. It’s still wheelieing. I’ll have to look somewhere else, I guess.”

And so Gadson lost to Dunigan in round 1. “We definitely need to have Rickey come down, stay a week, work on the front half, work on the 330, and get that part down again and go back to the basics where we were going .20’s,” continued Miller. “Now we’re going .34’s at 204 on the back tire and he’s only in it the first 100 feet. After that he’s 50% throttle and he’s riding these wheelies that he shouldn’t have to ride.”

Teasley’s nitrous bike is hooked up, however, and never seems to spin or take off skyward. “We shortened it up an inch when we got here to get it to hook up, and it stayed down,” said Jeremy. Teasley beat Mike Kovacevich in round 1 and champion Mike Slowe in 2 with a 7.37 holeshot win over Slowe’s 7.30. Jeremy then faced Victor Gotay, who broke the MPH record on Saturday with a 209 lap. Gotay may have been going for it a little too much against Teasley on Sunday and had a bad pass, while Jeremy ran 7.40 to advance to the final against Dunigan.

Teasley is race-tested week in week and week out on everything from Street ET bikes to flyweight grudge bikes. And on Sunday, Jeremy was shuttling back and forth from the timing shed to the starting line in Pro Street and Supersport all the way to the finals and into the Street ET semis. So even though still a teenager, Teasley is veteran beyond his years. But he was going up against Dunigan’s ubiquitous and powerful turbocharged Suzuki Hayabusa combination. Jeremy would have to take the tree and make a flawless lap. Check on both accounts for Teasley, while Dunigan reached too far and overpowered in the other lane. In only the second Pro Street race for both Teasley and the bike, the win was theirs. “It’s not the fastest guy that always wins,” said Jeremy. “It’s good lights and consistent passes. I didn’t think we were gonna win this fast, but I’ll take it.”

“I think it’s pretty awesome,” said Adams. “I really didn’t think we were gonna win a race this year. I thought we’d be mid-pack, hanging in there and going a couple rounds. But winning is pretty cool.”

“It’s good for Kawasaki, good for Roger Starrette and Adams Performance, and good for Jeremy Teasley,” said Miller.

“The main thing is Roger,” said Teasley, a lot more talkative than he used to be but still not up to Miller’s standards. “He’s the owner and the only reason this bike’s sitting here right now. After Saturday’s second qualifying pass, Roger ripped it apart and put it back together. As soon as they put the new motor in it started running away. The other motor was old and tired, I guess. They switched a fiber in the slider and it went from .090 lights to .020’s and .030’s, so that helped a lot. That’s how we won second round. You gotta leave first on a nitrous bike, that’s expected, and that’s the only way I’m gonna win.”

“The rules have always been there for nitrous bikes, and I’m surprised no one’s taken advantage of it before,” said Starrette. “It’s not like we ran away with it, but I knew we’d be competitive, but not this quick. The bike was good, but not great, and Jeremy did his job. That was just a back-up Real Street motor that we put in after the other one blew. There’s nothing special about it. Coby built it, but it doesn’t have all the Coby tricks. It doesn’t have the Pro Street head, isn’t making the horsepower the Pro Street motor is. In typical Coby fashion, though, we just sprayed it a little more. What better combination is there than Coby Adams and nitrous? And a lightweight pilot?”


Making Teasley’s accomplishment all the more remarkable was the constant switch between the violent nitrous bike and his nearly stock Supersport ZX14, also built and tuned by Adams. But the unflappable Teasley also won Dragbikelive.com Supersport as well, a rare pro class double. Jeremy beat Fun For All Motorsports’ D.J. Payton in the Supersport final, one of four Fun For All riders in Atlanta finals. “It’s been a long time coming for Supersport,” said Adams. “Jeremy definitely showed a lot of improvement this weekend over the first race of the season. He definitely felt more comfortable and didn’t let things get to him.”

Real Street

The Adams Performance / RS Motorsports stable also fields an array of ZX14’s in BST Wheels Real Street, with Adams piloting one and Richard Gadson the other at Atlanta. Adams lost in round 3 to eventual winner Chip Ellis. “In about the first two feet I blew the tire off and the bike was aiming for Chip,” laughed Adams. “I shoulda kept it pinned and took him out. I told him ‘If I kept it pinned I was gonna hit your back wheel.’ I had an .027 light. That light was an accident, but it happened.”

Gadson rode a great race for the team, carrying the black and copper ZX14 all the way to the final.

So it was a busy day for the Adams Performance/ RS Motorsports compound. “We’ve got a good system down and I’ve got good guys helping me,” said Starrette. “So we’re getting the system down where it’s not stressin’ anybody out.” Except for their opponents.

Adams Performance races next at the FBG Spring Bike Classic & Swap Meet, May 1-2, 2010 at Maryland International Raceway in Budd’s Creek, Maryland.

Adams Performance would like to thank Kawasaki, Monster Energy Drink, Muzzy’s, Adams Performance, Precision Turbo, Catalyst Racing Composites, Innovate Motorsports, AEM, GPR, Vortex, Litz Racing, Michelin and Richie’s Tires, World Wide Bearings, Carillo, JE Pistons, IMMI Cargo Buckles, Roost MX, NGK, Schnitz Racing, XXX Racing Fuel, Marine Crankshaft, K&N Filters, Motul, Fuelab, Speedcell and Gale Speed .

contact: Coby Adams, Adams Performance 501 Performance Road, Mooresville, North Carolina 28115, (704) 662-0992 CobyAdams@windstream.net , http://www.adamsperformance.net

For media inquiries: Tim Hailey (718) 554-3866 timhailey@earthlink.net

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This team report was prepared by Tim Hailey, http://www.eatmyink.com

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