Welland Remains Achilles Heel For Parker
July 25, 2011
While the TT Flat Track Scrambles Championship in Medina, NY remains firmly in John Parker’s grip, the CMA Dirt Track Championship rounds at Niagara Raceway in Welland continue to be his Achilles Heel.
After struggling on the track earlier this season, Parker is still looking for his first podium finish at the Welland facility, one of the oldest ¼ mile dirt tracks in Canada.
At Round 4 of the Pro 450 and Pro Open Championship on June 25, Parker again had trouble finding his groove on the gnarly track, recording seventh and eighth place finishes in the finals respectively.
One week later back at Niagara Raceway it was more of the same for Parker; this time he took the checkered flag in seventh place in both finals.
“I certainly can’t blame those results on my equipment. Both my 450 and open bikes ran well. It’s a case of me having issues with the track, which are causing me to ride below my potential,” Parker said. “It’s a bad situation for me, but considering the circumstances I’m at least keeping my nose clean and picking up some valuable points towards the championship.”
On Sunday, July 3, one day after another lukewarm showing in Welland, Parker rebounded in a big way to score his third consecutive win of the season in the TT Flat Track Scrambles series in Medina.
It was a different Parker in action on his Kawasaki KX 450 fuel-injected bike taming the combination motocross/dirt track and annihilating the competition in both his qualifier and final.
Parker recently welcomed another valuable sponsor to his racing team. Kawasaki S4-R Competition Lubricants have come aboard as John Parker Racing’s official lubricants sponsor. Talks about the sponsorship began at the Canadian Kawasaki dealers conference in Niagara Falls last fall, but the deal didn’t go into effect until mid-June.
“S4-R is a perfect fit, complimenting my Kawasaki Canada ride. It is a truly wonderful product and I’m pleased that the folks at Kawasaki have seen fit to add their new lubricants to my sponsorship package,” Parker said.
John would like to thank the following people for their continuing and loyal support: Len Shpeley, Jake Vanroon, Connie Vanroon, Dawn Parker; and his valued sponsors who help to make it all happen: Canadian Kawasaki, S4-R Competition Lubricants, 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.