Two-time defending 200GP champion Jack Parker—featured in last month's Handlebars ["Speed Freak" by Phil Fuson, Vol. 5, #2]—started off the 2009 season with a win and a podium finish at the season-opening round of the American Historic Racing Motorcycle Association (AHRMA) road racing series at Roebling Road Raceway in Bloomingdale, Ga. on February 27. Jack rode his CT1-based 175cc Yamaha racer to first place in the 200GP and third place in the 250GP, behind Yamaha-mounted Paul Germain and Dave Roper on an Aermacchi.
The second and third rounds of the series were part of a two-race event at Daytona International Speedway March 2 and 3. Parker could only manage two second place finishes in the 200GP class and a third and a fourth in the 250GPs. The winner of both 200GP races was Dennis Poneleit of Sarasota, Fla., on a highly modified Honda CB175. Parker said he just didn't have the top end to match Poneleit on Daytona's long straight. "Both times he waited until the last lap when I was wound out on the straight, and walked right by me," he says. Parker figures Poneleit's Honda had a six or seven mph top-speed advantage: "At Daytona, the start/finish line is at the end of the straight, so there's no chance to reel him back in."
Parker hopes to race again next at AHRMA rounds 6 and 7 at the Road America course at Elkhart Lake, Wis., on June 12-14. After the first three rounds, Parker closely trails in the 200GP points race with 2,670 points to Poneleit's 2,700.