Are you a current or former professional motocross racer who is looking for a career as test rider for development of future off-road products for a top manufacturer?

At Kawasaki, we have an immediate opening for a Test Rider in our R&D Department.

Position Summary:

This Research & Development Test Rider position requires experience as a professional level motocross racer with the ability to currently ride near that level for development testing of future motocross motorcycles.  This position is also responsible for the test riding and driving of all our other non-highway products, including off-road motorcycles, watercraft, ATVs, and Side-by-Side vehicles to evaluate factors such as safety, durability, ergonomics, and performance.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Professional level riding of off-road/motocross motorcycles, watercraft, ATVs, and Side-by-Side vehicles through various types of terrain at safe speed on a daily basis.
  • Ensures the safety of the riding for themselves and others that may be riding by carefully evaluating and reporting the safety of the riding course(s), the safety of vehicles being used, and the safety of the testing being performed.
  • Attends daily testing safety meetings to ensure that all members of the test are fully aware of safety conditions, procedures and protocols.
  • Carefully and accurately evaluates, documents, and quantifies all areas of performance of prototype, pre-production, and production motorcycles, watercraft, ATVs, and Side-by-Side vehicles.
  • Prepares reports of Evaluation test results and collaborates with engineering personnel to improve the product.
  • Attends mock-up checks of products under development to ensure suitable ergonomics and acceptable functional design.
  • Periodically participates in area track days to maintain the physical and mental skill level necessary to perform product evaluation and endurance riding.
  • Assists KMC PR department with location scouting and course construction for Press Introduction events to ensure the location and course provide the necessary level of safety and matches the intended development direction of the product.
  • Maintains a clean, orderly, and safe working environment in all working areas.
  • Completes basic shop related duties as needed when not assigned to a specific test.

Education and Experience:

High school diploma or general education degree (GED) and a minimum of 3 years of professional motocross racing is required.  Experience with motocross testing is preferred.


To perform this job successfully, you must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

  • Ability to ride at or near a professional motocross racing level
  • Consistently rides at a high-level and makes safe and intelligent decisions while doing so
  • Brings energy and enthusiasm to the team
  • Exhibits excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Demonstrates the ability to successfully prioritize and organize multiple, competing tasks
  • Is extremely detail and deadline oriented
  • Demonstrates knowledge and understanding of vehicle engine and chassis operation and maintenance
  • Maintains a valid automobile and motorcycle driver’s license and a DMV physical card
  • Has the ability to handle confidential materials and information with absolute discretion
  • Is able to occasionally lift or move up to 120 pounds
  • Close, distance and color vision as well as the ability to adjust focus are required
  • Approximate percentage of travel required: 40%


Your health and wellness are important to you – and to us. That’s why we provide a comprehensive benefits program designed for you (and your family) in mind.

  • Medical, dental, and vision plans
  • Life insurance
  • Flexible spending account
  • 401K
  • Generous Time off
  • Educational Assistance
  • Ongoing training and development
  • Team member product purchase program

About Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A.

Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A. (KMC) markets and distributes Kawasaki motorcycles, ATVs, side x sides and Jet Ski ® watercraft through a network of almost 1,100 independent retailers, with close to an additional 7,400 retailers specializing in general purpose engines. Kawasaki and its affiliates employ nearly 3,100 people in the United States, with approximately 260 of them located at our Foothill Ranch, CA headquarters. We’re proud to say that Kawasaki has a great reputation in the industry, strong brand recognition, exemplary quality, and excellent customer service.