John Parker off to a banner 2016 flat track season

June 17, 2016

John Parker has started the 2016 Canadian flat track season with a number of victories including wins at the season opener on May 15 in Woodstock, ON, where he claimed both his heat win and the final in the Veteran class on the 450 Kawasaki flat track bike.

With a downpour of rain Friday night into Saturday morning, the Woodstock Fairgrounds event, scheduled for Saturday May 14, was postponed until Sunday afternoon. The large turnout of local Ontario riders as well as from Illinois, Michigan, New York, and Quebec spent an extra day in Woodstock to participate in the races.

The following weekend on May 21 Parker headed to Paris Speedway in Paris, ON, where he again hammered down Vet wins in his heat race and the final. The highlight of the event, however, proved to be the domain of Parker’s protégé, Dave Pouliot, campaigning two John Parker Racing prepped Kawasakis in the Pro 450 and Pro Open.

Eighteen-year-old Pouliot, recording his first Pro victories on a ½ mile track, was totally on fire in the 450 class. The Quebec native decimated the competition in both his heat race and the final. In the Open class, Pouliot grabbed second place in his heat race and was battling with the frontrunners in the final until it was red-flagged due to a crash rider. With nightfall settling in, and no track lights on site, the race was unfortunately not restarted.

Parker continued his winning streak south of the border in Medina, NY, where he is in the hunt for his fourth TT Scrambles Championship. The defending champ, racing his Kawasaki KX450 DTX, deftly claimed both his heat race and the final at the season opener on May 22.

Welland County Speedway in Welland, ON – Parker’s home track – hosted its first points event of the season on June 4. Parker handily snared the win in his Vet heat race. Although three riders jumped the start of the final, officials did not red flag the race.

This left a left a dumbfounded Parker, expecting the flag and a restart, playing catch-up. Pouring on the gas, he managed to work his way through traffic, finishing in a very close second place.

At the second round of the TT Scrambles points chase on June 5, Parker took up where he left off two weeks earlier by winning his heat race and leading the final from the get-go until the action was red-flagged due to a heavy downpour.

The flat track season continued in Welland on June 11 on a slick and dusty track. Parker again took his potent 450 Kawasaki flat track bike to a blistering win in his heat race. In the final, he nailed the holeshot and led the freight train until the race was red flagged due to a crash by one of the riders. A single file restart followed, with Parker taking the field in tow. Unfortunately, Parker’s tires had succumbed to the hot-to-cold-to-hot effect from the red flag stoppage of the race, and on the final lap he was passed for first place.

“I tried hanging on for first, but had to settle for second towards the end of the race, because my tires had gone away, and that was all she wrote. But second is still better than third. All in all, it’s been a promising start to the season. Everything has been going well,” Parker said. “My bikes have been just dynamite, really sweet! I’m really pumped and looking forward to the summer races both in Canada and the States and keep stacking on the points.”  

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Pictures: Bill Petro