Calgary's Ethan Barkley made history at the CMDRA's most recent round at Mission Raceway Park, becoming the quickest Canadian Pro Street racer in history after a 7.505-second quarter-mile lap at over 187 mph.
The cool, dense sea level air at Mission combined with a smooth sticky racing surface allowed Barkley to finally begin turning up the boost on his turbocharged Suzuki GSX-R1000. Out of the box in early testing Saturday the bike ran a nice clean 8.0 at a mere 170 mph with a mild "off the trailer" tune. After a soft 7.7@185 in the first qualifying session, Barkley made some slight chassis adjustments and the engine tune was left the same. The Gixxer, dubbed 'Eleanor' shot off the line with the front tire hovering above the track. The result was a historic 7.505 @ 187. Barkley couldn't go quicker in the final qualifying session.
Monday, 20 August 2012 14:58
(BOWMANVILLE, ON – August 17, 2012) The championship titles will be up for grabs as racing at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park’s final major event shifts to the two-wheel variety when Canada's top motorcycle riders compete in the Superbike Doubleheader Weekend, August 24-26.
Headlining the weekend is the Mopar Pro Superbike class, where seven-time champion Jordan Szoke will look to claim an unprecedented eighth national title.
The Brantford native, who is riding a BMW Motorrad S1000RR this season, has now won three consecutive races and holds a commanding 66-point lead in the Championship standings heading into the season-ending doubleheader at his home track. A race win is worth 50 points and there will be two full points races this weekend.
Friday, 17 August 2012 14:19
When your entire trip is full of highlights, how do you write a story that fits onto just a few small pages? Jordan Szoke does his best to describe an unforgettable Rocky Mountain adventure — in 2,000 words or less.
Wednesday, 04 July 2012 10:27
Grand Bend, Ontario- Story and photos by Graeme Jones: 2012 marked the 9th anniversary of the Kevin Blackmore Memorial Quick 16 race at Grand Bend Motorplex in Grand Bend, Ontario. The annual drag race, held to commemorate the life of longtime Ontario dragbike racer Kevin Blackmore, was started in 2003 and routinely draws the most talented motorcycle bracket racers that the province has to offer, as well as racers from over the border in Michigan.
Wednesday, 27 June 2012 13:16
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Friday, 22 June 2012 22:13
The poor weather caused the start of race two at Donington in 1988 to be delayed, and FIM officials made it clear to Tardozzi that as long as he finished close to Lucchinelli on track, he would be the overall victor. However things started badly for Bimota, Tardozzi loosing most of his tail section in a start line collision with teammate Stephane Mertens. Apparently a hiccup in the race one victor’s new-tech fuel-injection caused the incident.
All this drama allowed Merkel to lead from the start, the chasing pack initially headed by Canuk Rueben McMurter on one of the Yamaha Canada entries. Pole-man Roger Burnett got a poor start with his RC30 but eventually charged to the front, only to run off track when it started to drizzle late in the race.
As conditions deteriorated, Lucchinelli built a safe lead from likely overall victor Tardozzi, but the Bimota rider put on a late race charge for the lead. Perhaps first race winner Tardozzi didn’t actually understand the combined M/X style scoring, but he was about to unwittingly hand success to arch rival Ducati.
Tardozzi slid off at high speed with a lap and a half to go, trying to get by Lucchinelli on the slick track for the race two win. So “Lucky” gave Ducati a dream debut for their latest Desmo at the history-making SBK opener.
On his cool off lap, Lucchinelli picked up Tardozzi and gave him a lift back to the pits. At the end of the season, a warm-up lap crash by points leader Tardozzi in New Zealand would hand the Championship to Honda’s “Flying Fred” Merkel.
Tardozzi is now remembered as one of the best Team Managers in SBK history, thanks to his run of Ducati squad successes. However back in the day, the usually calm Italian had a habit of snatching “defeat from the jaws of victory” when under pressure. Lucchinelli also worked for Ducati after retirement, but drug problems ruined his career.
Earlier in the second Donington race, reigning Canadian Superbike Champ Michel Mercier had been running near the front on his Competition Systems built, Don Knit supported Suzuki, in fact right on the tail of Merkel.
Third place looked likely for the on-form Mercier in race two, and incredible effort given that Suzuki didn’t officially support SBK at the time and the newest GSX-R wasn’t considered competitive. Unfortunately there was a mix-up in an area of the track where some oil had been dropped.
Merkel tried to signal Mercier to stay off line, Mercier though he was getting a wave by, and the Canadian GSX-R went down on the spilled lubricant. With an engine full of top soil, Mercier was also out of action for the rest of the remaining Match Race holiday Monday program.
After a strong start, McMurter was inside the top ten on the last lap with his Sports Afield II- backed Yamaha, but ran out of fuel. Although he eventually crossed the finish line, McMurter was not classified. “The Rueb” was back on track Monday to complete his Match Race duties, winding up top Canadian, 16th out of 32 points scorers. Soon after Donington, McMurter would switch to Honda Canada’s revamped Rothmans backed vee-four SBK program.
Best Canadian finisher at Donington was Montrealer Tom Douglas, making his first race start outside of North America on the Polysport-backed, Pirelli-shod Yamaha FZR750R. With limited spares, Douglas played it smart, slowing in the wet conditions to ensure a decent finish on his near-stock entry.
Douglas was credited with 12th overall, solidly in the points at the Donington opener. This impressive showing would lead to further opportunities beyond Canada for the youngster, who first attracted attention as an Amateur at Shannonville in 1985 on a stock FJ600! Later in the 1988 season, Douglas attended the final two races of the series “down under”, netting strong 7th/11th results at the New Zealand final.
Thursday, 21 June 2012 17:19
Thursday, 21 June 2012 17:03
Story by Todd Vallee, photos by Karolina Pelc- It started as a dream between three speedway enthusiasts who felt their favourite sport, speedway racing, needed a home in Canada. Speedway was huge in other parts of the world at that point but hadn't caught on here.
Monday, 18 June 2012 11:33