comes up short at the CMDRA's Season Opener!
After a long winter off, Ethan Barkley was back in
the saddle of his Parts Canada backed turbocharged GSX-R1000 “Eleanor” for
the CMDRA’s 2015 season opening Badlands’ Nationals
at “The Strip” in Medicine Hat Alberta on June 6-7th.
Minor updates were performed on the program as the bike was working
really well last season earning his 14th Championship and a speed
record at the final event. Straight away the results were positive
as Ethan posted a solid 7.81 / 182 on his very first pass of 2015.
The track surface was decent so it was decided to gather data over
the course of the day and try some new clutch setups that were
developed on paper over the winter. The plan was to keep the boost
levels the same and simply make some clutch and launch adjustments.
As the day wore on, the times kept coming down pass by pass; 8.7,
8.6 and finally an 8.54 at 188 MPH in the final qualifying round
with a little help from the cooler evening air. This was a great
run considering the relatively modest tune up that was in the bike.
Not only was this good enough for the #1 qualifying spot in Pro
Street, but was the quickest and fastest motorcycle of the day
regardless of class!
Sunday started off great and the track was in good shape. The morning
test session Ethan mad a slight adjustment to soften the power
delivery between shifts but that didn’t work as expected
even though time was a good with a 7.7 / 185 mph pass so the tune
was put back to the one from the evening qualifying session. Since
he qualified in the #1 spot, Ethan had the first round bye and
made a smooth straight pass 8.6 / 185. In the finals Ethan was
facing Dave Burleigh on his newly acquired turbo Hayabusa who was
edging ever closer to the 7’s with every pass. Not one to
mess with success, Ethan left the tune up the same since he had
a wide margin over Dave. Unfortunately in the burnout box the cam
chain snapped, killing the engine and damaging the internals, forcing
Ethan to watch Dave take the solo pass to the win.
Even though Ethan missed his shot for
the win, the team came away with some great data as well as the
confidence that the
winning program is right where it left off last year. Now the
race is on in the EB Speed shop as the team hustles to repair
engine in time for the Pacific Nationals in Mission B.C June
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