Parker wraps up championship-winning season with clean sweeps in London and Welland
October 21, 2015
John Parker wrapped up a banner season that saw him win the CMA National Veteran Championship and the Medina TT Scrambles Championship, with definitive victories at the last two events he campaigned in 2015. Although he had planned to race some additional flat track meets in the U.S., conflicting schedules kept him at home in Canada.
At the half-mile showdown in London, ON, on August 22nd, Parker was resigned to racing his backup bike, after encountering a technical gremlin with his 450 flat tracker during practice. Undaunted, Parker went on to strut his stuff at the banked Western Fairgrounds track to garner excellent results in both the Vet and Pro Open classes.
In front of an enthusiastic crowd, which included representatives of Canadian Kawasaki Motors, and the owners and staff members of his main sponsor, London-based Inglis Cycle Centre, Parker nailed down convincing wins in both his Vet heat and final.
In Pro Open action, featuring all the top guns of Canada’s flat track scene, he grabbed third in his heat race. In the 15-lap final, Parker diligently battled his way to a well-earned sixth place while reeling in fifth place finisher Tyler Seguin.
“I was quite happy with my results, considering I was running my spare bike, which wasn’t totally prepped for the banked oval. In the Pro Open final, I was really getting into the groove, moving in on fifth and fourth,” Parker said. “Before I knew it the checkered flag was waved. It was a great night all around, though, with wins in the Vet class. And it was good to see the gang from Inglis Cycle there to cheer me on.”
Parker concluded his 2015 racing schedule at his home track in Welland, ON, which ran a rain date event on September 26th, after inclement weather cancelled the final national of the season a few weeks earlier.
The event was not classified as a national, as the official CMA championship series had run its course. This was irrelevant to Parker, however, as he had already cemented the Vet Championship at the end of August and could have stayed home to watch one of his favourite action movies.
Deciding to contest the Vet class only on the Welland short-track, Parker took care of business on his Kawasaki KX 450 DTX. He delivered his many area fans yet another clean sweep, snaring wins in both his qualifying heat and final. The throng that gathered in the paddock later, to congratulate Parker, was testimony to the veteran flat tracker’s enduring appeal and fan favourite status.
“It was a great way to end the season. Everything just jelled. My DTX ran beautifully, the track conditions were to dream of, just simply awesome, and I felt like I was twenty years younger. Grabbing the holeshot in both my races just added the icing on the cake,” Parker said.
John Parker is pleased to announce he has signed with Canadian Kawasaki Motors for the 2016 season and is looking forward to continuing his long association with his other sponsors.
John Parker would like to thank his 2015 sponsors for their invaluable contribution to a successful and memorable season:
Canadian Kawasaki Motors, 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, Dunlop Tires, WDC Media Relations.
Last but not least a huge “thank you” to the John Parker Racing support staff and all the fans who came to offer their encouragement at the races.