streak continues at Badlands Nationals!
Barkley arrived at "The Strip" in Medicine
Hat looking to continue his quest for the 2016 CMDRA Pro Street
Championship. With records set at the previous
event, there was no doubt that his Parts
Canada supported GSX-R1000
"Eleanor" could push the times even further
into the low 7's in the quarter mile at this event.
scrubs in the tire before the opening pass
plan was to leave the same setup in the bike, since it worked
so well in Edmonton. The surface at Medicine Hat has
known to be stellar and Ethan has set numerous E.T. and speed
records here in the past. In the morning test session things
didn't go so well. The bike planted the tire good on the launch,
after it moved about two feet, it spun! Not the
way Ethan planned to start his day! The team quickly got the
bike cooled down and prepared to sneak in a second pass at the
end of the short 90 minute open test session. Even with a slightly
softer tune up, the result was the same, tire spin just a few
feet after the start!
the tire seemed to be the norm at The Badlands Nationals
into the opening round of qualifying Ethan had zero information
and no feedback on what the setup should be. So he decided to
shorten the bike's wheelbase to 68" and remove some ballast
off the front of the bike in hopes of getting the rear to stick.
and lofted the front tire a couple of times in the first few
hundred feet, making for a wild ride! This was great for spectators
but did little for the elapsed time as he crossed the line with
a dismal 7.85 / 167 mph. Another lost run with very little useful
data. It appeared the track was improving and Ethan decided to
to the longer 69" for round two. With a softer tune and the longer
wheelbase, Ethan tip-toed off the line and ran a respectable
7.69 / 183. This was supposed to be the opening pass, not
something he would run midway through qualifying.
for grip, Barkley fly's past the 330' mark
the third qualifying run Ethan needed a bit of luck as he was
over two tenths back of the number one spot held by Rob Aston.
It would take a clean pass to put him on top going into Sunday.
a soft tune, the track just wasn't holding the rear tire as the
boost started to ramp up and the last run was aborted only
a few feet past the start. A major disappointment for Ethan as
he was so determined to make his mark at this event. It was obvious
the track wasn't going to let the team break records, so it was
time to regroup and come up with a winning formula for Sunday.
EB Speed crew lines Ethan up in hopes of finding the much needed
traction they need to make a clean pass!
morning the team had another shot at a test pass in order to
try and come up with something that would work on this less than
optimal surface. Part of the problem was the heat, as the temperature
crept up Ethan fealt the track wouldn't hold much power so he
decided on a really conservative setup. The bike was back to
being short at only 68" wheelbase. The biggest change was in
the boost parameters, they were really conservative for the first
two seconds of the run. The plan was to get the bike moving and
then once the bike was in second gear, then start adding some
power. Well the plan worked and the opening pass was a solid
7.53 / 186.6! Finally Ethan was on the right track.
eases off the line and drives forward to a 7.5 second
into eliminations Ethan had a hunch the track was going to be
unpredictable, and gambled that it would get worse before it
got better in the sweltering 34 degree Celcius heat! He decided
to leave the bike the same as the previous pass. It was a great
move as his competitor spun in the other lane while Ethan cruised
to a nearly identical 7.52 / 187! Now it was onto the finals
and he knew there was no room for error against Rob, so he elected
to soften the boost ramps ever so slightly in order to try and
grip from start to finish. As the lights turned green, Ethan
left the line cleanly and slowly built up a good head of steam
and pulled off another event win with a 7.67 / 188!
The E.B. Speed team takes home top spot!
After four races, Ethan has won the last three and has a nearly
unsurmountable grip on the 2016 Championship heading into
the final event of the season; September 24-25th at Mission
Raceway, B.C. Ethan anticipates a good result there
and stated " It's one of my favourite tracks, the
cool fall air combined with sea level density is something
this bike likes. I will leave nothing
on the table in my
quest for more records and my 16th Canadian
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