sees red at CMDRA season opener!
2016 CMDRA season kicked off in Medicine Hat, AB
June 4 -5 with the Spring Nationals. It's
since Ethan's historic record setting weekend at this very track
and he was poised to pick up right where he left off. The Parts
Canada backed 500 horsepower turbocharged GSX-R1000 "Eleanor" of
EB Speed worked
so well last season that only a few minor updates were made over
smokes the rear tire in the burnout box!
temperature at the track was very hot soaring well into the mid
30's and thus made for a tricky surface and very poor air density
trying to make maximum horsepower. Ethan and his crew chief Tom
run a conservative strategy and go with a reliable tune up that
the track would hold. In the opening round of Saturday's test session
Ethan was right on track, posting 7.7 / 180 on his very first pass!
The team now had a solid baseline to tune from and began to chip
away during the 3 rounds of qualifying. The end result was a solid
7.50 elapsed time and a 1/4 mile speed of 192.42 MPH. Unfortunately
this wasn't quick good enough, as top spot went to Rob Aston with
a 7.42 second elapsed time.
slowly while bringing up the revs to build boost!
morning Ethan had a plan to slowly add power to the existing
tune and see if they could shave off a little bit
of time as he and Rob would head into eliminations in the afternoon.
On Barkley's opening pass he posted an improved 7.47 / 190...things
were looking up. For 2016 a best of 3 elimination bracket was
created to increase the amount of passes for both the riders
and fans. Tom and Ethan had a plan to slowly keep adding more
to "Eleanor" given the heat on the racing
surface. Their plan worked perfectly as Ethan posted 7.45 / 192
7.589 / 185. The only problem was that Ethan left the start line
.013 seconds too soon and lost the race on a red light. This
was Ethan's first red light foul in over 4 years! It was
loss but the EB Speed team went back to the pits determined to
get the win in round 2. Rob had lane choice over Ethan with his
win and put Ethan in the right lane again, the poorer of the
two. Ethan had a good advantage with his quicker reaction time,
the rear tire just wouldn't hold in the heat of the right lane
and it spun on the 1-2 shift, putting Ethan at a serious disadvantage.
Rob leapt out ahead a few bike lengths but Ethan was reeling
in as the two closed in on the finish line with Aston crossing
first with a 7.42 / 187 to Barkley's 7.49/192! A very close race
with the margin of victory a mere .039 seconds! This was the
first side by side 7.4 second pass in CMDRA Pro Street history!
a tough loss for Ethan as he knew he had the power to win, but
missed the tune up slightly. Now that Rob had won the best of
3 format, Tom and Ethan could try something a bit more radical
the final pass. They opted to try a lighter clutch tune and
add even more power at the start of the run to see how the chassis
It was a great decision as "Eleanor" left
the line and perfectly hovered the front tire a couple inches
for a a hundred feet! Ethan let off the throttle a little
early as not to tax the motor yet still ran 7.47 /192 to Rob's
The first half of the run was the quickest the bike had run all
and gave the team the confidence that they were on the right
track with the clutch strategy.
and Tom with the runner-up plaque.
with the loss the team held their heads high knowing they had
the most consistent bike of the class but the
red light in round 1 proved to be their undoing. At the end of
the weekend plenty of valuable data was recorded and it will be
put to good use at The Summer Nationals
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