Pikes Peak DUCATI or KTM
Last year KTM broke Ducati’s record of the most famous mountain race. This year Ducati tried to get the same measure.
With 156 bends perched on a 12.42 mile long, or 20 kilometers, Pikes Peak is probably the most famous mountain race. Last year, Chris Filmor, with the factory-prepared KTM 1290 Super Duke R, made 20 miles of climbing for 9:43.265, thus dropping a record that Carlin Dunne had held since 2012 with Ducati Multistrad. It was a sufficient reason for Dunne and Ducati to return to the Colorado Springs after a long break.
At the end Dunne won, but did not break the record, while Filmore broke the record but did not win. At least not the total victory. Namely, Filmore this year with the new KTM 790 Duke featured in a “middleweight” class with time of 10:04.038 breaking down the record class and winning, but was in third place overall. It was only 5 seconds behind. Carl Dunne with the factory-prepared Ducati Multistrad 1260 Pikes Peak performed in the “haevyweight” class and took the overall win with time 9: 59.120, which means his record escaped in 16 seconds. At the same time, Rennie Scaysbrook with KTM 1290 Superduke R managed to pass the track within 10 minutes, with less than 7 tenths of a second behind Dunne. Codie Vahsholtz finished second with the second Ducati Multistrad, while in the the first five had finished Thilo Gunther with the BMW 1000 S. Why did not he come out with RR? Because they have been forbidden for some time, sports bikes are forbidden, they can only run on “flat” handlebar models.