Some top-tens, top-fives, and wins for Parker at home and in the U.S.
August 3, 2015
John Parker has been having a busy 2015 flat track season with some top-ten, top-five, and wins to his credit.
On June 20th, the multi-time national and provincial champ rode both the Vet and Pro Open classes at his home track in Welland, ON. Although he started campaigning both classes last year, he only rode the Vet class on the ¼ mile Welland County Speedway track in 2014. But due to some event cancellations earlier in the season, Parker was itching to race and opted to race Vet and Expert, much to the delight of his many Niagara Region fans.The evening started off on a positive note with Parker taking his explosive 2015 Kawasaki KX450 DTX to the Vet qualifier win and second in Open Expert. He followed that up with a win in the Vet final and a fifth in Open Expert final.
At the following Welland event on July 4th, Parker again recorded a win in the Vet qualifier but had to bow to New York’s Sam Manyon in the final and settle for second place. In the Open Expert class, he was able to muster only a fourth place in the qualifier and ninth in the final. A front suspension issue, which wasn’t fully ascertained until after the event, lay at the root of Parker’s somewhat tentative racing.
Parker returned to Welland for the next round of the points chase on July 11th, having to rely on his backup suspension while his first-choice suspension was being repaired. He was on top of his game in the Vet class, winning both his qualifier and the final. In the Open Expert, he found himself in a deja vu situation, repeating the results from the previous weekend, fourth in the qualifier and ninth in the final.
On July 12th Parker headed to Medina, NY to campaign the first round of the Medina TT Scrambles Championship. In reality this should have been Round 3, but due to rain the first two had been cancelled.
Parker handily won his qualifier, snaring the pole position for the final in the process. Unfortunately he jumped the start and was relegated to the back row for the restart.
Having to claw his way through the pack took up most of Parker’s race and the two-time series champion found himself in third place at the checkered flag. “I think the officials wanted to create a bit of drama for the fans, which is okay by me because Medina is kind of a busman’s holiday for me. Way before the green light I had coasted a few inches over the line, which is on a bit of a downhill slope, Parker said. “I edged myself back behind the line and the race started right after that. But they called me on it anyway. It is what it is. I’ll redeem myself at the next round because I really want to win a third Medina championship. And I’ll have my favourite suspension back to help me clear the task.”
(Photography by Kyle Sheppard of Outlaw Productions)
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