The infamous salt flats of Utah have been known to play host to numerous episodes in which records of speed have been broken. Vehicles and rockets of all kinds compete year after year for the title of absolute king, however in recent memory, there seems to be another individual adding his name to the mix of top “speedsters.” Enter Parker Earl, a Herriman, Utah resident, aspiring to blaze a trail all across the United States, making his name known to fans and competition alike. We were fortunate enough to catch him for a quick pit stop, and receive a tad bit of information on the number 26.
So Parker, what made you choose motocross over other sports?
I've tried most other sports and always still just wanted to ride.
What’s been your most significant memory in your career thus far? First Win? Trophy? Crash?
I'd have to say this year at the Chilitown youth regional qualifier. It was my first time really being on a podium and getting interviewed. It was a great time; the race was run really well and I loved how they gave us moto metals and let us spray champagne.
Why the number 26?
It's because of my birthday, I was born on the 26th of January.
At the end of March, you ran the Freestone MX Championship in Texas; how did that event go for you?
It has its ups and downs. I was there with just my sister Kelsey and good friend Trevin Nelson. So I had a lot more on my plate than most of the competition having to do all my own bike work for the week. It was my first time actually finishing a moto up front with the leaders and leading some laps at a national. I had a lot of random issues with my bikes, which led to a lot of inconsistent finishes.
You recently qualified in both of your classes, for Loretta Lynn’s; how stoked were you to win your regional’s?
It was great! It's a good feeling to know that you have the speed to run up front and beat some of the faster kids in my classes.
What are some of the key points, in preparation for the big race this year? Corners? Stamina? Starts?
Starts are always very important at any race so they have to be on point. Between now and Loretta’s, I will be working on improving my stamina and making sure I don't get tired on the last few laps at Loretta's
Where are you doing your training for Loretta Lynn’s this year?
I will be at Club MX training facility until Loretta's. The training here is top notch and there's a few other fast Supermini riders I train with every week.
After you leave the ranch, what type of results are you hoping to come away with?
You never really know what's going to happen until the first gate drops, but my goal is to be on the podium every moto this year at Loretta's
Is it time to move to big bikes after the race in Tennessee?
Not quite yet. The racing season isn't over after Loretta's. I plan on racing mini o's and hopefully monster cup if I get invited.
Are there any professional rider’s you look up to, or try and replicate?
I don't really look up to any pros. Every guy has his strengths and weaknesses so I just watch all the top guys really.
So what else do you like to do for fun? When you’re off the bike, do you have any other interests?
My family and I go boating a lot; other than that it's moto all day every day!
Any sponsor’s you’d like to thank?
My family, Club MX, Atlas racing team, Fly racing, Fuel clothing, Scott goggles, South Valley Motor Sports
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