sets new records and finishes runner up at Indy!
The TS Signs Printing & Promo backed rider Ethan
Barkley decided it was time to make his mark in the USA. "It's
been nearly 5 years since I last raced in the States and I'm looking
forward to what I can
do on a good surface such as this", said
the 18 Time Canadian Champion upon arrive to Lucas Oil Raceway,
Indianapolis August 1st.
Ethan has struggled
racing in Canada while he watched his peers down south continually
improve their times on premium surfaces.
Ethan made the 3000 km one way trip over the course
of two and a half days arriving in plenty of time to participate
in Friday test sessions.
turbocharged GSX-R1000 "Eleanor" in order to
take full advantage of the newfound grip. Immediately Ethan
was making his mark,
running multiple 7.3's at over 195 mph.
Barkley taking advantage of the grip in Indy!
Friday night round 1 qualifying was set and the temperature
had cooled off nicely and the track was on point. Ethan had a solid
tune-up in "Eleanor" and was looking
to make a clean pass. Unfortunately there was an oil down on
the track just ahead of the Pro Street class and the teams were
to wait for nearly 2 hours. Ethan lined up and let the clutch go
only to be low on power, it was a clean run but the time slip showed
an issue, 7.58 @ 178! It seems there was an air leak in
the boost control system that manifested itself during the long
prior to the run. Unfortunate luck but an easy fix for rounds 2
& 3 on Saturday!
TS Signs Printing & Promo Racing Program in full
Saturday's weather was very hot with the track
being a bit more challenging than on Friday evening. Ethan left
this tune the same as round 1 in hopes of getting full boost
down track, but the tire spun at the line.
For round 3 Ethan made a slight change but the bike drifted toward
the centerline and out of the groove, spinning the tire hard
mid-track, he posted
a 7.59/198 which didn't
on his time from Friday. Ethan would qualify in third place out
of the nine bikes in attendance. For Saturday evening Ethan entered
the grudge event in order to get some more track time and sort
out his chassis to solve the spinning when the track wasn't optimal.
It was a wise choice and the slight changes he made proved to
make a huge difference. On his first pass he posted a new career
best of 7.12@198. Not one to settle, Ethan took one more shot
at the track in the cool evening air and posted another best
of 7.05@201! In two passes Ethan had now become the first Canadian
on a street tire to go in the 7-teens, the 7-0's and first to
break 200 MPH! It was an amazing improvement on his previous
best in Canada of 7.22/198!
Head down and the throttle locked!
In round 1 of Sunday's eliminations Ethan was lined
up against fellow EB Speed backed rider Chris Klassen. Chris
most of the weekend with grip or big wheelies but was capable
of low 7 second times. Ethan decided to leave his tune from
the grudge passes alone and ran a very clean
for a new speed record! Round 2 Ethan faced off against another
turbocharged GSX-R1000. Ethan softened the tune as the heat of
the day was affecting the track. Ethan dispatched his competitor
with a soft 7.23 @ 198. Ethan's round three was an easy one,
he had a bye run. Now was the time to try and shoot for a 6 second
run, unfortunately the track didn't hold the tire at the starting
line and the run was aborted. Ethan now found himself in his
first ever finals on his first trip to the USA in over 5 years!
He was lined up against #2 qualifier Dave Roisen who was doing
very well himself running in the 7-teens all day! Ethan put in
his 7.0 tune and had a better reaction time versus Dave
but it was all for not as Ethan's tire instantly spun at the
Dave cruised to victory.
It was an amazing 3 days of racing for the TS Signs
Printing and Promo backed rider. Many new personal bests were
had but more importantly Ethan is on the right track with his
program and is looking forward his next event south of the border.
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