Kawasaki will offer its highest contingency posting in history for the AMA Grand National Cross Country Series (GNCC) in 2009 with $595,000 up for grabs, more than $200,000 higher than in 2008. With the all-new KXâ„¢250F and the fuel-injected KXâ„¢450F, there has never been a better time to be on a green machine.

The payout scale for the XC1 or XC2 classes is superior to any other manufacturer in the pits. Kawasaki awards the XC1 class race winner an incredible $10,000, followed by $5,000 for second, and $2,500 for third. The XC2 winner earns $2,500, second takes home $1,500, and $750 for third. Not only are the payouts higher, they are deeper with the top-10 in both classes taking home a portion of the reward.

“We wanted to show our commitment to off-road racing and the consumers that race our product week in and week out in the GNCC series,” said Kawasaki Off-Road Supervisor Jason Smigel. “The pay out for the premier classes is the best available and with the new product to back it up, it’s a perfect time to be on a Kawasaki.”

In June, Kawasaki introduced its all-new line up of KX machines. The 2009 KX250F is sleeker and lighter than ever before, while the 2009 KX450F is now EFI equipped, giving it single-kickstart capability that is perfect for GNCC competition.

“Kawasaki is really proud of its new product and truly feels the new KX line-up is the best product for cross-country racing,” said Smigel. “With such a good product, we wanted to back it up with the best contingency program available.”

Kawasaki also continues its commitment to up-and-coming racers with payouts in the amateur classes, starting in the 65cc program.

To get a head start on earning the most money available in the GNCC series, the process is simple. Racers only need to follow these four steps to put money in their pocket via the Kawasaki Contingency Program:
1. BUY — Purchase a new or used 2008 or newer U.S. model Kawasaki.
2. REGISTER — Online at kawasaki.com.
3. RACE — Compete in any contingency paying event.

4. WIN — There is no claim form to file. Payments are automatically deposited directly to a Kawasaki Contingency Card, which can be redeemed at any Kawasaki dealer and more than 32 million MasterCard® retailers worldwide.

For class payouts and schedules, or more information and the official rules, please visit www.kawasaki.com.

Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A. (KMC) markets and distributes Kawasaki motorcycles, ATVs, personal watercraft, utility vehicles and recreation utility vehicles through a network of more than 1,500 independent retailers, with an additional 7,700 retailers specializing in Kawasaki power products and general purpose engines. KMC and its affiliates employ nearly 2,400 people in the United States, with 400 of them located at KMC’s Irvine, California headquarters.