The fifth and final race of the 2018 CMDRA National Series was held at Mission Raceway Park Sept. 22nd - 23rd. The weather was less than optimal for racing with heavy rain the night before and Saturday morning was equally as bad with drizzle until about noon. However the sun came out just enough in the afternoon to dry things up and allow the staff to begin prepping the surface.
Ethan set up his turbocharged GSX-R1000 "Eleanor" for a really sticky surface, unfortunately the weather wasn't co-operating so Ethan went back to his usual moderate chassis setup and boost maps. In the opening test pass the bike instantly spun at the line and provided little data while posting an 8.38 / 179 mph. The track was still green from all the rain and needed more rubber down if Ethan was to make a pass that was worthwhile. In round two Ethan set his bike up extra soft and made a relatively clean pass with minor wheel spin with a 7.49 / 188 mph. There was still room for improvement but after reviewing the data Ethan could see the track would not accept any more power so the tune was left the same for the final round of qualifying. The track was cooling off as sun set for the final round of qualifying with the racers made their passes under the lights. Cool fall air is great for horsepower but not great for the track. Ethan used all his tricks to make sure he stayed ahead of his competition and chose to remove all the ballast from the bike in order to assist the weight transfer to the rear tire. On his final pass of the day Ethan had a nice clean run, the shift times were slowed down so as not to overpower the tire which was constantly on the verge of breaking loose; the scoreboards flashed 7.47/ 189 mph! A great run that put Ethan in top spot in the High Level Motor Products Pro Street Class but that was also the quickest run of any class!
With Sunday morning came more drizzle and overcast skies, but unlike Saturday the sun was not making an appearance. With the inability to provide a safe racing surface due to cool temperatures, high humidity and lack of radiant heat the officials decided to cancel the elimination rounds. Not the ideal way to end a season but with one rider crashing on Saturday afternoon the likelihood of another incident was just too high for officials to proceed.
Ethan had accumulated a healthy lead in the Championship standings prior to arriving in Mission and merely needed to qualify in order to win the 2018 Championship. Overall the season was a success with two wins and a runner up in the three completed events, and he qualified 1st and second in the two events that were rained out. He was the most consistent rider all season and one of / if not the quickest entry in the entire CMDRA at every event. It's this consistent top level performance that also earned Ethan his third Rick Davie Memorial Award for Most Outstanding Achievement.
Monday, 01 October 2018 09:32 Published in Rider and Team Releases
The fourth race of the CMDRA National Series was the Badland's Nationals in Medicine Hat September 8-9th. Ethan has performed well at this track in years past and he was determined to carry forward his winning traditions.
Tuesday, 11 September 2018 10:57 Published in Rider and Team Releases
After a missed opportunity for the win at the last event due to inclement weather, Ethan was determined to make up ground in the championship standings at the Northern Nationals August 11-12.
Wednesday, 15 August 2018 18:10 Published in Rider and Team Releases
Upon arrival at Castrol Raceway Friday July 20th, Ethan and his team were greeted by plenty of rain, lightning and thunder. Not a great way to start a race weekend while the forecast for the rest of the weekend wasn't looking great with showers expected throughout the area.
Tuesday, 24 July 2018 10:07 Published in Rider and Team Releases
After a long off-season Ethan was finally back aboard his trusty turbocharged GSX-R1000 nicknamed "Eleanor" at the CMDRA Summer Nationals June 30-July 1.
Thursday, 05 July 2018 13:27 Published in Rider and Team Releases
EDMONTON, AB (September 11, 2017)- Racing action resumed in the Canadian Motorcycle Drag Racing Association with the Oil City Nationals held at Edmonton Alberta’s Castrol Raceway on September 9th and 10th following the cancellation of the previously scheduled Northern Nationals in Prince George British Columbia due to forest fires in the province.
Tuesday, 12 September 2017 08:03 Published in Reports, Results & Points
Rimbey, AB (July 11, 2017)- With no time to rest after his win two weeks ago, Ethan Barkley and the EB Speed team were at the CMDRA Summer Nationals at Central Alberta Raceways in Rimbey, AB on July 6-7.
Tuesday, 11 July 2017 11:56 Published in Rider and Team Releases
Medicine Hat, AB (June 27, 2017)- After a long winter Ethan Barkley was back on his record setting turbocharged GSX-R1000 at the CMDRA season opener, the Badland's Nationals in Medicine Hat Alberta. EB Speed has stepped up to sponsor the class and this increased purse has helped entice a few new faces into the mix.
Tuesday, 27 June 2017 17:00 Published in Rider and Team Releases
Medicine Hat, AB (June 27, 2017)- The 2017 season of the Canadian Motorcycle Drag Racing Association got underway on June 24th and 25th when the series brought its Badlands Nationals to the MHDRA drag strip in Medicine Hat Alberta.
Tuesday, 27 June 2017 12:06 Published in Reports, Results & Points