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Ashon Capo Dickerson and Team Pro-Motion Join-up for Road Racer Launch Clinic

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The record setting drag racer and Team Pro-Motion combined skills in an effort to teach riders how to be more complete racers.
The record setting drag racer and Team Pro-Motion combined skills in an effort to teach riders how to be more complete racers.
Ten years ago, resurfacing after a nine-day coma, Ashon "Capo" Dickerson experienced an epiphany leading him to restack the building blocks of his life in a new configuration. The motorcycle crash that nearly ended things couldn't shake his childhood fervor for two-wheels, but it did redirected his approach (K&N Filters Supports Dragbike Racer and World Record-Holder Ashon Dickerson).
K&N sponsored Ashon Dickerson is the first person to put a Pirelli road race tire in the 7-second zone on dragstrip.
K&N sponsored Ashon Dickerson is the first person to put a Pirelli road race tire in the 7-second zone on dragstrip.


Ashon Dickerson continues to evolve and his path to motorcycle enlightenment has taken him to a new endeavor, as he joins forces with Team Pro-Motion, the largest road racing school on the East Coast.

"Back in 2011 I was approached by a guy who asked me if I wanted to be involved in some research and development with using the Pirelli road race tire on the dragstrip," details Ashon Dickerson. "I am always looking for a performance advantage so I jumped at the opportunity. At that point I really started to pay attention to the road racers. Also, at that time I was just getting involved with SportBikesInc Magazine, which covers a lot of road racing material."

Ashon "Capo" Dickerson says he has a great deal of respect for what road racers do as professional riders, but during all the footage he reviewed there was one consistent common denonator, there weren't any real launch techniques. "It's a drag race until you reach the first turn," he says. "So, I figured that having worked to become the first person in history to put the Pirelli tire in the 7-second zone on dragstrip was all a part of a bigger plan to bridge the gap. I wanted to provide my knowledge and my years of experience on how to properly launch a motorcycle effectively."

Ashon Dickerson's overall concept for "bridging the gap" includes getting all the wanna-be racers off the street and into a controlled environment so they can be taught properly. "Mental preparations, take away the fear of the wheelie, build confidence, work on body position, throttle and clutch control, and after the time with me, these guys are more complete riders. That's why we teamed up with Team Pro-Motion to cross promote our sports and hopefully to get some drag racers out to bend corners, and get some road racers out at the dragstrip. More fans in the stands, more complete racers, makes for great competition and it's a great way to grow both our sports."

"Now I get the attention of the road racers too, because we have something in common," Dickerson adds. "Also, with me cross promoting in the magazine with my column Capo's Cut every month, these guys are familiar with what I do and they take me serious."

"As for K&N, I have always used the best products for my machines. So I've always used and have been successful with K&N Filters, even before the sponsorship. This includes all our tow vehicles. I tell all the guys, why run no air filter and risk your motor, when you can make the same power with a K&N air filter and be safe. And why run expensive oil with a cheap filter when you can run the best oil filter!"

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