wins his 14th National Championship!
Unable to gain any significant points at the previous
rained out event, Barkley had a very big points deficit
coming into the CMDRA finale. In order to win the championship
not only need the event win, but also additional points
from either a speed or elapsed time record.
Saturday morning was very cool and the MHDRA staff
did an admiral job with the surface considering track temperatures
were a mere
15C / 60F. The opening pass showed promise with a solid 7.62 /
187. The goal of the team was to set a record during the upcoming
three rounds of qualifying. Unfortunately that didn't work out
and the tricky surface proved a bigger challenge than initially
anticipated. By the end of the day Barkley sat atop the qualifying
ladder with a 7.51 / 191.49 but hadn’t secured any records.
Sunday morning was equally as cold and the team looked
forward to making two test passes in the hour long session prior
The opening pass was good but the team decided to make a slight
change in gearing and in the clutch to calm the bike down and keep
the traction the whole track. It was clearly the right call as
the turbo GSX-R1000 "Eleanor" leapt of the line
with a stout 1.22 second 60' time but under braking in the shutdown
the front tire took out the radiator! With coolant leaking out
and only 60 minutes to get the bike back in race condition the
team had to work very fast. In lieu of a radiator a crossover line
was quickly fashioned and the coolant system filled and purged.
An entire new clutch was installed; the data downloaded from the
Motec and Barkley was back up at the line in time for the opening
run in eliminations. Since he qualified 1st the day before Barkley
had the bye in the opening round of eliminations; it was now or
never to put up a record. The bike left the line great but the
tire spun just a bit around the 60' mark yet that didn't deter
Barkley as he quickly blipped the throttle and kept his head down.
The scoreboards flashed 7.45 / 192.81; a new speed record backed
up with the 191.49 from Saturday. The final matchup would be points
leader Rob Aston vs. Barkley, one run to decide the entire championship!
Barkley had Aston covered in E.T. and speed all weekend so it was
important not to red light and or spin in the final. As the lights
on the tree came down, Barkley let Aston leave first but quickly
came around him and went on to
the win 7.65 / 187.
Barkley lofts the front wheel on his way to
another 190+ mph pass!
Barkley started off the season with a 30 point deficit
but he and his team were able to rise to the occasion and come
out on top
for a record 14th time! This amazing comeback didn't go unnoticed
by his peers within the CMDRA as Barkley was awarded three very
- The Dave White Memorial "Wrench of the Year" Award
- The Dennis Mark Memorial "Outstanding Achievement" Award
- The Trev Deeley Memorial Award for "Contribution and Dedication
to Canadian Motorcycle Drag Racing"
A full load of hardware from the CMDRA Finale!
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