sets new personal best enroute to event Win!
second stop on the CMDRA's 2016 National Series was Summer Nationals
Central Alberta Raceways in Rimbey, AB. This new facility is
1/8th mile in length but lays claim to one
of the best track surfaces in the country. Prior to the event,
Canada sponsored GSX-R1000 "Eleanor" underwent
some rather drastic changes which included
updates to the clutch internals,
decision to go
back to a DOT street tire in lieu of the racing slick. It was a bold
move for Barkley to go back to the DOT tire as he was giving
up a considerable amount of grip over the slick that he has been
using for most of the last two seasons. Before the race Ethan
stated " The
slick compensated for shortcomings within the chassis, I made
adjustments that should give the bike more than enough
grip on a typical surface".
scrubs the entire DOT tire to ensure the whole contact
patch is prepared for 500+ HP!
conditions in Rimbey were picture perfect and the staff had prepared
the surface for optimal grip. Ethan and his crew chief
Tom decided to run a conservative tune in an attempt to get a
feel for the new clutch and record valuable data. The opening
pass proved that the new parts
good and they decided to keep working on the launch without adding
any more power down track. By the second round of qualifying,
Ethan was nearly duplicating his best ever launch with a 60'
1.247 seconds. The third and final pass in qualifying was where
Ethan found the upper limit of the current chassis configurations
with the bike launching into an ever increasing wheelie, forcing
him to shut off the throttle early into the run which netted
a terrible elapsed time. Even though he qualified 2nd with a
5.04 / 148 mph, a mere .1 second back of first; Ethan knew they
were on the right
grabs a fist full of throttle and floats the front tire perfectly!
the opening round of testing on Sunday morning Ethan had a hunch
the track was even better than the day before and used it to
his advantage. Without adding any more total boost, Ethan's focus
was understanding the new clutch and chassis in order to have
the bike leave the line smoothly. The new setup worked
really well and
the bike launched with a new career best 60' time of 1.195
seconds! The 1/8th mile scoreboards flashed 4.85 / 150! With
very little boost, Ethan was able to accelerate quicker than
ever before nearly eclipsing the 1/8th mile record he set last
season at the series finale of 4.82 seconds except that was achieved
with much higher boost levels which netted over 158 mph. Doing
more with less has always been Ethan's motto and there was little
doubt that he was going in the right direction. The
next two elimination passes were equally as impressive with another
career best 60' time of 1.186 seconds except Ethan was having
problems about 40' into the run
the bike down if he wanted a shot at the win in the finals. Barkley
studied the data from the previous runs and came up with a slightly
milder power delivery that would keep the back tire gripped to
the track while carrying the front wheel inches off the ground.
He and his rival Rob Aston on his turbocharged Hayabusa lined
up and the race to 1/8th mile stripe was on. Rob left the line
with a slight advantage as he cut a great light with
Ethan giving chase. Ethan's rear tire hooked
the track and he was gone like a shot, another career best of
1.17 seconds to the 60' and a new Canadian Pro Street record 4.79
/151 at the finish!
Ethan leaves the line with a career best
1.17 second 60' time!
knew it was a great pass but didn't realize how good until he
received the timing slip after the run. "I always knew Eleanor
could leave the line as hard as any of the best Pro Street Bikes
in the world...., now we just proved it!" Ethan
and Tom share in the well-deserved victory!
next stop on the CMDRA Series is The Oil City Nationals
at Castrol Raceway, Edmonton, AB. on August 7th, where Ethan
will be looking to turn
his previous Canadian record of 7.28 seconds!
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