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Barkley heads to Australia for the 52nd Gulf Western Oil Winternationals!

Ethan's good friend and fellow 2017 CMDRA racer Leith Darrach (currently living in Australia) offered Ethan a deal he could not pass up! "Why don't you come down here and race for a couple weeks on my bike.” Leith said. Ethan was speechless at the offer and quickly accepted and began making arrangements to make the trip to Willowbank Raceway happen.

Leith and Ethan lined up at the CMDRA Spring Nationals 2017. Now Ethan will be riding Leith's colourful Hayabusa in Australia!

The first stop on the busy calendar will be the Winternational's "Warm Up" event. Ethan will do his best to overcome jet-lag and become accustomed to a completely new bike. "There's plenty to do the first few days we are there. We need to set the bike up for my weight and riding style, plus get the power to ground and show we are there to compete for the win!" Ethan stated.

Once the "Warm Up" event has concluded the pair intend on spending a couple of days pouring over the data and fine tuning the bike in preparation for the biggest drag racing event outside North America, The 52nd Annual Gulf Western Oil Winternationals! This is a mammoth event with hundreds of competitors racing in over a dozen classes. Ethan and Leith will be competing side by side in the IHRA Extreme Bike class.


Wednesday, 29 May 2019 11:36 Published in Rider and Team Releases

Barkley wins his 18th National Title

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

Another win for Barkley at the Badland's Nationals!

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

Ethan Barkley dominates the Northern Nationals!

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

Rain-Out at the CMDRA Oil City Nationals!

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

EB Speed: Runner-Up at the CMDRA Summer Nationals!

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

Barkley Runner-Up At CMDRA Summer Nationals

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

Barkley Comes Out On Top At The Badland's Nationals

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

Ethan Barkley Continues Hot Streak With Medicine Hat Win

@CMDRA2016 • #MHDRA •Medicine Hat, AB (August 23, 2016)- Ethan Barkley arrived at "The Strip" in Medicine Hat, AB looking to continue his quest for the 2016 CMDRA Pro Street Championship.

Wednesday, 24 August 2016 21:31 Published in Reports, Results & Points

Barkley Breaks Records At Oil City Nationals

@CMDRA2016 • @CastrolRaceway • @ethanbarkley •Edmonton, AB (August 18, 2016)- Coming off the stellar performance of the previous event in Rimbey, Ethan Barkley was more determined than ever to keep up the momentum as he arrived at Castrol Raceway for the CMDRA's Oil City Nationals single-day event.

Thursday, 18 August 2016 15:24 Published in Reports, Results & Points

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