Favourable start to 2015 season for John Parker
June 25, 2015
John Parker’s 2015 flat track season got underway favourably on May 16th in Paris, ON. As per last season, Parker is again contesting the Veteran class as well as the premier Open Expert. On a rough and tough Paris ó mile track Parker stormed to his first wins of the season. He dominated both the Vet qualifier as well as the main despite suffering a practice crash earlier in the day that left him with some discomfort. In the Open Expert, which was stacked with the usual suspects, including the likes of Chris Evans, Tyler Sequin, Doug Lawrence and Steve Beattie, Parker claimed fourth in his qualifier. He was unable to finish the main, however, when his practice crash injuries became too much to deal with. He was later diagnosed with a broken rib and bruised lung.
“I’ve been down this road enough times to know I had injured myself beyond just some scrapes and bruises. The pain wasn’t really that bad the first few hours and I was able to race in the Vet heat and main, and even the Open heat, but by the time I lined up for the Open main I was feeling pretty sore and after a few laps decided it was time pull off the track,” Parker said. The following weekend, however, Parker felt good enough to race the Burford ó mile in Burford, ON. He contested both the Vet and Open Expert classes, nailing down wins in the former and fourth overall in the latter.
On May 30th Parker was at his home track in Welland, ON. As per last season, he contested the Vet class only on the . mile Welland County Speedway track. Like he did in Paris and Burford, Parker piloted his potent 2015 Kawasaki KX 450 DTX to wins in both his qualifier and the main. Parker was back in action in Welland on June 13th, where he won his Vet heat race and took home second in the main on a track that proved to be very slippery, due to the rains that had been hammering the Niagara region. “It’s ironic that once I was on my race bike I felt no discomfort, the injury being more like a side note. But during the week I was dealing with a bit of pain. I felt totally at ease on my bike,” Parker said. “The new KX 450 is simply awesome. My Dunlops surpassed expectations on all three tracks. I couldn’t have asked for more, except maybe being spared that practice crash. As it turned out it was little more than a footnote.” South of the border in Medina, NY, the first two rounds of the Medina TT Scrambles Championship, one of Parker’s favourite series, was cancelled due to rain.
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