If you think 320km/h in MotoGP is tough, try doing 230km/h at the Pikes Peak. Go off the mountain at those speeds and you know what's going to happen...
Carlin Dunne, riding a Ducati Multistrada 1200 S, won the 2012 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb today, setting a new course record for motorcycles in the process. Dunne’s win marks Ducati’s third straight victory at the historic ‘Race to the Clouds’ Pikes Peak hill climb event.
Both Dunne and the other Ducati rider, Greg Tracy, finished the race in less than 10 minutes, which is a first for any motorcycle in the race’s 90-year history. Dunne crossed the finish line at the 14,110-foot summit of Pikes Peak with a record-setting time of 9:52.819, while Tracy, who was less than six seconds behind, took second spot with his time of 9:58.262.
‘Today was an emotional day. Getting across the finish line in under 10 minutes is an achievement we’re very proud of. When we heard that we won and broke the record for the second time, I was speechless. The one-two finish proves the Ducati Multistrada 1200 S is the ultimate bike to conquer Pikes Peak,’ said Dunne. And, indeed, Dunne’s victory is no mean feat – the rider hit speeds of more than 230km/h on the mountain’s straights, and negotiated all of 156 turns, including hairpin, blind, decreasing radius and multi-apex turns, while consistently gaining elevation up the very technical 20km course.
‘Ducatisti around the world are celebrating the victory of Carlin Dunne and the Spider Grips Ducati Team – we are all very proud,’ said Dominique Cheraki, General Manager of Ducati North America. ‘Three years ago we chose the Multistrada 1200 S to compete at Pikes Peak to showcase its on-and-off road capabilities, class-leading ergonomics, handling and performance. When we were alerted that the entire course would be paved in 2012, there was no doubt that the Multistrada 1200 S was still the right choice and breaking the record today proves this,’ he added.
The Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, or ‘Race to the Clouds,’ is situated in a range of the Rocky Mountains in the US, 16km west of Colorado Springs and races from a start line altitude of 2,862 metres (9,389ft) to a finish line at 4,300 (14,100ft).