takes the win and is the quickest bike at CMDRA in Medicine
The TS Signs Printing & Promo backed rider Ethan
Barkley was still on a high from his 6 second runs a couple
of weeks ago as the 18 Time Canadian Champion was racing close
to home at the CMDRA's event in Medicine Hat. His goal was to push
the limits of what can be done of Canadian surfaces. Without a
doubt his turbocharged GSX-R1000 "Eleanor" was working
better than ever and for that reason Ethan elected not to participate
in the Saturday morning hour long pro test session. "She's
running perfectly, it makes no sense putting any more passes
on the engine than absolutely necessary" Ethan stated
as he watched the
pro racers make their test runs.
Barkley leaving the line with authority with
a 1.18 60'!
On his opening qualifying pass he went back in his
notes from 2018 and installed a proven tune that should go down
the track with ease. It was nearly a clean run with a good bit
of wheel spin on the 1-2 shift, forcing Ethan to chop the throttle
to 50% in order to recover traction. Even with the traction issues
the run was still impressive, 7.41 @ 190 mph. This pass
in the #1 qualifying position.
Barkley carefully inspects the start line!
Ethan watched as other teams fought
to get the power down on their runs, thus he chose to sit out the
next two rounds of qualifying as the track began to cool which
would only amplify the lack of grip. Sunday things were looking
better with improved levels of traction at the start line
so Ethan decided to turn up his tune just slightly to see what
the track would take. It was a wise move as he laid down a stellar
run, 7.30 @ 190 mph! This run was a new track record for Pro Street
from his previous best of 7.36 from 2018. In round two Ethan was
trying to go even quicker but the rear tire spun a
bit at the start, resulting in a slow pass but he still managed
to make it to the finals. Not one to make the same mistake twice,
Ethan wisely chose to turn down the launch rpm and boost settings
in order to make a nice clean pass. His tune was perfect as he
cruised to victory with a stellar 7.33 @ 191 mph.
Barkley takes another win with the CMDRA!
It was a great weekend of racing for Ethan as
he proved the new chassis design on Eleanor can work both
and the USA. His 7.30 elapsed time was nearly two tenths quicker
than any other bike at the event. The 191 mph speed he achieved
in the finals was almost 20 mph quicker than the next closest
competitor. He is looking forward
to the CMDRA season finale event in Mission September
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All photos by Heidi Ellis
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