Rider of the Month - John Parker

Kawasaki's dirt track champion! 

John is a veteran rider with almost 50 years of experience and quite a large number of championships to his credit both nationally and provincially. A resident of Hamilton, Ontario, John originally started racing motocross and soon found a love for dirt track in 1974. He owns and operates his own race team and is responsible for building and fabricating all his own equipment. He appreciates all his sponsors, both past and present. He has said, "no sponsor has stood the test of time or afforded the relationship like the one that we have had with Kawasaki Canada."  

 

Photo Credit: Claude G

Name: John Parker

Birth Date: June 1, 1959

Hometown: Hamilton, ON

Current Residence: Stoney Creek, ON

Nickname: Johnny or The Professor

Years Riding: 47 

Favorite Track: Medina, NY and Belleville, ON 

Current Bike: 2014 Kawasaki KX450F (x2)

Favourite Bike Ever: 2014 Kawasaki KX450F

Riding Influences: Doug Sehl and Moe Fraser

Personal Influences: Mom and Dad

Number of Broken Bones: Too many to count

Favorite Place to Ride: Training at Quarry Ridge Farms with friend Robin Reimer

Music: Blues, Punk, Classic Rock

Hobbies: Restoring antique motorcycles and tools

Goals: Keep racing as long as possible 

Accomplishment you are most proud of:  5 No.1 plates and 2013 induction into Canadian Motorcycle Hall of Fame 

Something people don’t know about you: Love animals and gardening

Message to kids: Work hard at achieving your goals and don't forget to have fun riding! The key to my long and successful career is never losing sight of having fun. We must never forget why we started racing in the first place. 

 

Check out John Parker in the Canadian Motorcycle Hall of Fame

Check out the Youtube link and skip to 2:13 to see John Parker in action! 

Photo Credit: PJ Biegger

 

 

 

 

 

Photo Credit: Steve Grover