Pikes Peak 2018 – Ducati Wins KTM in an Exciting duel Multistrada and Super Duke R. The 96th edition of the famous Race to the Clouds, the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, celebrated this Sunday its great day of racing with an exciting duel between Ducati and KTM to achieve the absolute victory in the category of two wheels.
On the one hand, Borgo Panigale’s brand relied on the veteran Carlin Dunne – the first rider who managed to lose 10 minutes in 2012 – and Codie Vahsholtz to ride the two Multistrada 1260 Pikes Peak Edition in the Heavyweight category, while the Austrians took advantage of this edition of the Pikes Peak to present their new 790 Duke (Middleweight category) to Chris Fillmore, a pilot who is 2017 was in charge of establishing the absolute record of the Pikes Peak with a time of 9: 49.625 a the controls of a 1290 Super Duke R. His teammate, Rennie Scaysbrook, did have at his disposal a Super Duke 1290 R.
After a week practically perfect on a climatological level, a strong storm discharged a lot of water on the Pikes Peak during the afternoon of Friday, a circumstance that had to add the presence of snow in the highest area of the mountain. A mix that already hinted at how complicated it would be to improve Fillmore’s record in this edition.
On Sunday the day dawned with enough clouds, especially in the last section of Pikes Peak, but fortunately, the race was dry and could be run with slicks. Carlin Dunne returned to Pikes Peak in a big way, and after an absence of four years he again won with Ducati the Race to the Clouds with a time of 9: 59.102, remaining 10 seconds behind the Fillmore record.
Rennie Scaysbrook was on the verge of winning this edition with his KTM 1290 Super Duke R, but after completing the 19.9 kilometers of ascent and surpassing are successful the 156 curves stopped the clock in 9: 59.794, just seven-tenths of the Ducati Multistrada by Carlin Dunne!
The top 3 went to another KTM, the 790 Duke of Chris Fillmore, who completed the race in 10 minutes and 4 seconds, staying very short of achieving his goal: to get off the 10 minutes with a motorcycle of the Middleweight class. In any case, Fillmore achieved an authentic race for a motorbike of only 105 HP, also establishing a new record in the Middleweight category, staying five seconds behind his partner Scaysbrook with the 1290 Super Duke R 180 hp.
Pikes Peak International Hill Climb 2018