JACK SET FOR 250CC SPEEDWAY WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
JACK Parkinson-Blackburn is all set for one of the most exciting experiences of his short career so far.
The 16-year-old has arrived in the Czech Republic as he gears up for the 2017 FIM 250cc Speedway World Championships.
The teenage sensation will be aiming to finish in the top eight from his respective Semi-Final at Prague's Marketa Stadium next Tuesday ( August 29 ), which would see him qualify for the Grand Final at the same venue on Thursday, August 31 .
Parkinson-Blackburn teamed up with Revolution Speedway in the build-up to the event and since signing, he's developed a fantastic working relationship with their personnel.
While Parkinson-Blackburn admits he has no set expectations, he is throughly looking forward to representing Great Britain at the most prestigious youth event in World Speedway.
"It's hard to put into words how honoured and proud I am to be representing my country again but this time it's on an even bigger stage," Parkinson-Blackburn said.
"It's a really big moment for me so early on in my career and I'm really looking forward to the next week or so.
"I've been a lot busier lately with guest bookings in the Championship which I've enjoyed, particularly at Berwick.
"But we've also had a busy time at Birmingham too where we've managed to pick up some important points and we've given our play-off hopes a pretty big boost to be honest.
"So I'm feeling good with just the huge meeting against Belle Vue to go and then it's time to focus on the World Youth Championships after that.
"Revolution Speedway and Rob Painter (Race Team Director) have been a delight to work with and they've given me so much support and worked so hard behind the scenes, I can't thank them enough.
"We've done a fair bit of testing with the bikes now; Rob from Revolution has been to Perry Barr the last few weeks then gone away and made a few necessary adjustments here and there and last time I rode the bikes they did feel good.
"Riding a 250cc is so different to racing a 500cc like we do in the leagues, and it can take a little bit of time to adjust and adapt again.
"But I used to love riding my 250cc a couple of years ago and I'm buzzing to compete in a 250 competition once again.
"If I'm being honest, I'm not going there with any set expectation. The whole experience of preparing for such a big event, flying out to race in a different country and working closely with a race team has been, and is going to be,
great and it's something that will stand me in good stead with the rest of my career in mind.
"It's a bit different to normal racing as well because I don't really know anything about the other boys - but who knows that could work in my favour as I'll only be focusing on myself and my own racing.
"Don't get me wrong, it would be great if I could qualify from the semis and line-up in the Final.
"But as I've said, I'm not putting any pressure on myself, I'm just going to enjoy the whole experience and what will be will be.
"All I do know is that thanks to Revolution Speedway, I couldn't be better prepared.
"I'm chuffed to bits with how everything has gone building up to it, they've been so professional and dedicated with everything they've done for me and it would be nice if I could do them proud."
Rob Painter, Race Team Director for Revolution Speedway said: "Considering that the bikes are all brand new for this event and that there will be a few different manufacturers with regards to bike parts and so on, Jack has been excellent in the build up to the FIM 250 World Championship.
"We have been developing three engines specifically for Prague which we are really happy with now, plus we've got an extra two ready in case of any issues in practice during the FIM Training Camp.
"We have tried to approach this as if we were getting ready for a Speedway Grand Prix event and I'm delighted with how things have gone so far.
"Jack has been great; we expected his riding to be good but I have to say how impressed I really have been.
"We are excited to get Jack out on track in Prague; I think he will really like the track, which holds some special memories for me personally in previous years, hopefully more so after the final on August 31!"