Parkinson fights for victory
GYMPIE Motorcycle Club member Guy Parkinson has enjoyed a blazing start to the new year after claiming the opening round of the Suzuki Enduro Cross Series at the weekend.
The event was staged in Kingaroy and Parkinson overcame an early stumble to take out the win in the 12-16 years 125cc-250cc 4-stroke category.
The rider, 15, crashed on the first lap after coming unstuck on the loose racing surface.
“It was a dry track with lots of dust and loose rocks and logs,” Parkinson said.
Slipping over after negotiating a tight corner, Parkinson slammed to the ground and quickly lost ground to his opponents.
By the time he picked up his bike and dusted himself off, the Gympie competitor found himself back in fifth position.
At this point, the race could have gone either way.
He could have given up, dwelling on his misfortunes, or fired up with determination to fight his way back into contention.
“I was disappointed at first because I crashed on the first lap, but it made me much more determined,” Parkinson said.
“I really just wanted to get back on my bike and do what I could to make my way up through the field.”
Parkinson immediately commenced his fightback, carefully weighing up his risks on the corners of the hazardous track, but also being aggressive when the opportunity arose.
By the fifth and final lap, the Gympie Motorcycle Club member had regained top spot and flew across the finish lines to the cheers of an appreciative crowd.
Winning the opening round of the Suzuki Enduro Cross Series has placed Parkinson in first place with two rounds remaining.
“I have a lead of three points at this point, so I hope to extend that next round,” he said.
Still on a high after his unlikely come-from-behind win, Parkinson is hoping his form continues next weekend for the opening round of the Australian Offroad Championship at Port Macquarie.
Parkinson thanked his sponsors for their continued support, including Advance Motors Dalby, Gympie Oil Gas and Battery, Advice Partners, Alister-Lee Dental, Suspension Matters and Cooloola Cars, Marine and Suzuki Australia.
The Gympie competitor also thanked his neighbour, Peter Harvey, for his mechanical expertise in helping out with bike repairs.
“Peter helps out all the time with the repairs on my bike and makes a lot of what I do possible,” Parkinson said.