at the CMDRA Summer Nationals!
no time to rest after his win two weeks ago, Ethan and the EB
Speed team were at the Summer Nationals at Central Alberta Raceways
July 6-7th. This track is well known for a smooth surface and
good times but it's only half the usual length at a 1/8th of
a mile (200m) which presented some unique challenges.
warms up the tire at the Summer Nationals!
had thoroughly prepped his turbocharged GSX-R1000 "Eleanor" in
hopes of at least eclipsing last year’s record setting
times but it sure wasn't starting off well for he and the team.
Off the trailer in the opening rounds of testing on Saturday
morning he was well off pace only mustering a 5.5 / 148
mph. Ethan frantically worked in the pits for the upcoming qualifying
rounds but the first two weren't much better and Ethan found
himself in an unusual spot of 3rd qualifier going into round
three late in the afternoon. Ethan made some drastic tuning changes
trying to keep up with the ever changing air density. In the
final round of qualifying the bike still left the line slowly
but began to gain some steam as the boost came in but the bike
was pulling hard to the right and came dangerously close
to the wall as he crossed the finish line. He knew he had to
it if he wanted to improve his qualifying position and he did
with a vastly improved 5.18 / 152 mph. This would be good enough
for second spot going into Sunday.
lines up against EB Speed supported Australian rider Leith Darrach!
Sunday Ethan felt he had a good grasp on what some of the tuning
were that hampered the times in qualifying. In the opening round
of Sunday's test session the bike left the line much better and
pulled hard the entire run, 4.96 /154! This was a massive improvement
and now put them in winning contention. In the first round of eliminations
Ethan lined up against EB Speed supported rider Leith Darrach from
Australia. Leith had been struggling most of the weekend and this
run wasn't much better as his bike stalled right at the start so
Ethan cruised to a round 1 victory with a 5.13/149. In round 2
Ethan had a bye run but used the opportunity to gather data and
try to get back into the 4's. The bike left great and the time
reflected this with a solid 5.06 / 149 so the team knew they were
on the right track.
all EB Speed Pro Street Final pitting Ethan against Dan Green!
the finals Ethan was against another EB Speed supported rider
and newcomer to the Pro Street class, Dan Green aboard his turbocharged
Hayabusa. Dan had been making steady progress all weekend and
was running in the 5.1 range so Ethan couldn’t take him
lightly and needed to leave the previous tune up in the bike.
two left the line Ethan gained an instant advantage with a better
reaction time but that was soon eaten up as Ethan lost traction
about 10 feet into the run allowing Dan to jump ahead. Ethan
regained traction and was gaining on Dan but the reduced 1/8th
didn't allow him much time before the finish line and came up
short. Even though Ethan finished second he was excited to have
two EB Speed bikes in the final as well as a great deal of pride
seeing Dan take his first Pro Street win! Ethan's
next CMDRA event will be Northern Nationals in Prince George
B.C. August 12-13th.
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