results at Santa Pod Raceway, England.
Ethan Barkley made his was across the Atlantic to
compete in two events at the famous Santa Pod Raceway in England.
First up was the Retro Show where Ethan was riding and tuning the
EB Speed backed turbo GSX-R1000 owned by Sam Sykes. The morning
started off a bit rough with some technical glitches with the Motec
engine management system. Sam made the opening pass of the day
with some new tuning by Ethan and the results were good right out
Barkley making passes on Sam Sykes' EB Speed tuned
Then Barkley began his tuning magic and rode the
bike for the remainder of the event. Keeping the boost low and
working on the basics was netting quicker times
with each pass. By the end of the event Ethan had the bike running
great and netted his first trophy outside Canada by being the
bike in the Retro Show X Class!
Ethan with his X Class trophy at the
Santa Pod Retro Show
After the event Sam and Ethan spent the next
week working out some of the finer details on the turbo GSX-R1000.
All this work was in preparation for the upcoming A.C.U Summer
Nationals which is one of the biggest events in the U.K. Upon arrival
at the track the EB Speed team began to take shape, Sam riding
his own bike and Ethan would now be riding Rudolfo Madero's turbo
GSX-R1000 who came all the way from the Netherlands.
Sam Sykes and Ethan Barkley getting ready to make
a 1/4 mile pass
The morning test and tune started off a little rough
as this was the first time Ethan had laid his hands on Rudolfo's
bike. The team quickly began tweaking the setup of Rudolfo's GSX-R;
chassis, clutch and engine management tuning were all addressed.
The opening passes could have been better with tire spin at the
start as well as some down track. If that wasn't enough of a challenge,
the weather was not co-operating at all, with rain on and off throughout
the day. Iit was decided to keep the boost settings
mild and focus on developing the chassis and clutch in the hunt
for good clean pass. In Sam's pit things were working well as the
extra week of development had paid off greatly. Sam had posted
his best passes ever and Ethan was just scratching the
surface on Sam's bike and made only slight tuning changes between
runs. Going back and forth between bikes had Ethan very busy but
have it any other way.
By Saturday afternoon the riders were making their opening qualifying
passes. Sam was up first and with a slightly stronger tune in the
bike, he pulled of an incredible 7.88 @ 178 mph. This was over
a 1 full tenth improvement over Sam's best ever time that he
set at the end of 2013while using considerably less boost. Ethan
was next up and made a good strong pass
@ 168. With those
both bikes were qualified mid-pack in the 16 bike field. Ethan
spent the rest of the evening pouring over the data from both
bikes and came up with some great tunes for Sunday's eliminations.
Unfortunately the on and off drizzle prevented the racers from
making a single pass Sunday.
Barkley leaving the starting line hard on Rudolfo's
It was a tough way to end the event but the entire
team came away with their heads held high. After the event Ethan
stated "I have no doubt that I could have gotten both GSX-R's
in the 7.6's on the very next pass". Even though the times
weren't as quick as Ethan had hoped, the team came away with the
of the two quickest GSX-R1000's in Europe. With Ethan's experience
it's certain that they will only go quicker
and faster as the 2014 season goes on.
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