Parks gets back on his bike
Colin Parker took his Yamaha R1 to Brands Hatch for the final round of the BMCRC championship held on the famous GP circuit in Kent. Despite being five months since Parks last challenged a race circuit, results for the Hitchin man prove that he has not
Colin Parker took his Yamaha R1 to Brands Hatch for the final round of the BMCRC championship held on the famous GP circuit in Kent.
Despite being five months since 'Parks' last challenged a race circuit, results for the Hitchin man prove that he has not lost his touch.
Out of a strong field of 45 racers, he qualified in sixth position. Then out of four races, he clocked up a seventh, fifth and two fourths, just missing out on a podium finish.
He said: "I started up my own electrical business this year and have been so busy that I've not been able to get out on the race track much at all.
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"I hadn't been on the bike for five months and I thought I would have some work to do to run at the sharp end, but it just all came back to me and felt so natural. I thoroughly enjoyed it."
This week he is taking delivery of a brand new Yamaha R1 and will start preparations for an attack on the 2009 championship.
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Parker continued: "Riding the bike is just one part of it.
"Without my sponsors I wouldn't be out there, so I would like thank PAS Construction, Odd Ball Race Paint and of course my dad, Colin senior.
"Without their help I wouldn't even be able to contemplate a full return to racing. Now the hard work begins as we prepare for next year.