Great Comeback Season For John Parker
October 7, 2014
After missing the majority of the 2013 season due to a serious injury while racing in the USA, Team Green’s John Parker can look back at a great comeback season this year. In addition to snaring his third TT Flat Track Scrambles Championship south of the border in Medina, NY, the multi-time Canadian National and Ontario Provincial Dirt Track Champion nailed down runner-up in the CMA Veteran Championship on the ¼ mile oval in Welland. The class, which was stacked with top former pros like Rick Gunby of Hamilton, ON, Sam Manyon of Clarence, NY, and Les Washbon of Clarence Center, NY, Parker came three points short of clinching the title. Due to conflicting scheduling, he missed Rounds 4 and 8 of the 9-Round series.
“At this stage of my career it’s really about just having fun and getting out there to race without the pressure of having to focus on winning championships. Not that I treated the races lightly. Like any guy who has won titles in the past, I always race to win. Pre-season preparation and set-up of my bikes remains a priority. Making sure my sponsors get optimum exposure a given,” Parker said.
“After having to sit out pretty well the entire 2013 season, it was great just to be able to get back into the mix and give it my best effort. I think I did that this year, with 12 wins I was very pleased with how things transpired, especially the fact that I didn’t crash once all season long and came out of the fray with another TT Flat Track Scrambles Championship and second place in the Veteran Championship.”
As the season wound down, Parker just kept rising to the occasion. At a regional ½ mile race in London, ON, on August 23rd, he raced in the Vet class as well as the Open Expert. He handily won the Vet qualifying race on his 450cc Kawasaki flat track bike, finishing half a lap ahead of second place, to snap up pole position for the final. After shaking off a very determined Les Washbon early in the proceedings, Parker again totally dominated the final to win the race. In the Open Expert class, he finished second in his qualifier to then battle with the front-runners, registering fifth at the finish line.
On September 6th, Parker was back in action on his home track in Welland, ON, where he raced the Veteran class on his TT Flat Track Scrambles Championship-winning KX450 DTX bike. It was basically a slam-dunk for Parker in both the qualifier and final, in which he beat his archrival Les Washbon by over a straightaway to the checkered flag and the rest of the contenders by even more.
“The Kawasaki DTX bike was awesome all season long, but at the season closer in Welland it was beyond awesome. You could even say unbelievable, but it was so. It’s one of the nicest bikes I have ever had the pleasure to race. It’s been a long time since I have had a bike that worked as well as the DTX did on the Welland ¼ mile. And that’s saying a lot. Every year I’m of the opinion that Kawasaki outdid themselves over the previous year’s model, but the 2014 was in a class by itself,” Parker noted.
For his final race of the season, Parker headed stateside again on September 20th, to the ½ mile in York, Pennsylvania, to mix it up with regional and national Pro and Expert riders at the Randy Texter Memorial, which is part of AMA Racing All Star National Flat Track Series. Riding the Super Singles class, Parker sent a message to the competition during the practice sessions that he had come to win, setting the fastest lap time and leaving everyone behind. In the qualifier, he pegged the holeshot and raced his own race to the finish line. With the pole position for the final, Parker grabbed the holeshot again and put on another clinic, to record his second win of the day.
“It was a sweet way to end the season. I didn’t quite know what to expect when I went down there, but after the practice session I felt I had a good chance to raise a little bit of captivation. After getting injured, I’ve had a few comeback seasons over the course of my career; 2014 will be one of those I will fondly remember,” Parker said.
John Parker Racing sends a big “thank you” to all his sponsors for their support, faith, and vote of confidence to make the 2014 season a memorable one. A special shout goes out to super chiropractor Dr. John Gleddie of St. Catharines, ON, who helped John Parker with his rehabilitation, after last year’s crash and throughout this season.
John Parker Racing 2014 Sponsors: Canadian Kawasaki, Inglis Cycle Centre, Scorpion Helmets, 26 Suspension, Hot Cams, Pivot Works, Vertex Pistons, IM Leathers, Bickle Racing, Extreme Measures Kustom Paint, Saddlemen, Ron Wood Racing, A&A Racing, Garrett 64, DeCal Works, WDC Media Relations