Parker Rules in TT Flat Track Scrambles Championship at Medina
July 12, 2012
Although the 2012 CMA National Dirt Track Championship started off on a slow note for John Parker at the opening round of the series this past June in Welland, ON, it was a different story south of the border, where he annihilated the competition in Medina, NY at Rounds 1 and 2 of the TT Flat Track Scrambles Championship.
The multi-time Canadian National and Ontario Provincial Dirt Track Champion rose to the occasion by hammering down two impressive back-to-back wins, which firmly puts him in control of the points chase.
Parker, who won the title in 2009 and 2010, finishing runner-up last year, due to missing one round, clearly showed his dominance aboard the dirt-track modified 2012 Kawasaki KX 450F. He aced the qualifiers and then went on to lead the finals from start to finish.
“Every year I’ve been racing the KX 450F, I’m always amazed by the little improvements that have been made to the new models, and I always say it can’t get much better than this. But the 2012 issue has made me eat my words. It is simply the best bike I’ve ever had. Motor wise it isn’t much different from the past few years but the overall package is a dream,” Parker said.
At Round 1 of the CMA National Dirt Track Championship Parker couldn’t quite find his groove and the right setup for his bike. Although quite a bit of pre-season testing and tweaking had gone into the machine, he and his crew had difficulty dialling it in for the track conditions in Welland. He had no trouble qualifying, but his eighth place result in the Pro 450 final and ninth in the Pro Open final was below expectations.
“The power was there but I couldn’t really put it to use. That was really a case of me struggling with the setup and riding the bike at its full potential. It was disappointing, for sure, but the two events in Medina that followed Welland more than made up for it,” Parker said.
While Round 2 of the CMA National Dirt Track Championship on June 9 of the series was cancelled due to rain, and Parker did not attend Rounds 3/June 16 and 4/June 23, he was back in action at Round 5 on June 30. All of the aforementioned dates were staged in Welland.
Parker started off a bit slow, but as the evening progressed he was looking more like his old self. Conservative qualifiers in both classes led to Parker snaring the holeshot of the Pro 450 final. Although he was caught off guard by the chase group, allowing four riders to get by him, he held onto fifth till the checkered flag. In the Pro Open, he stuck with the frontrunners to eventually cross the finish line in sixth place.
“My results weren’t exactly stellar, but the performance of the KX 450F proved to be top-flight. I felt good on the bike and was able to ride it much more comfortably than at the first round. The motor was awesome, the chassis worked very well. It wasn’t chasing the front or the back and it did what I wanted it to do,” Parker said.
As it was previously announced, Parker decided at the end of last season to curtail his Canadian program in 2012. The veteran’s main commitment to Canadian Kawasaki for this season is to campaign all the CMA ½ mile events and selected ¼ miles. In order to give his U.S. sponsors additional exposure, he will attend a number of events in Circleville, OH in addition to going for his third TT Flat Track Scrambles Championship title in Medina, NY.
John Parker would like to thank 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, Bull’s Eye Media Relations for their continuing support.