2013 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb 1205 Category Motorcycle ResultsSince the Ducati Multistrada 1200 began competing in the 1205 category(1205cc) of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb (PPIHC), it has been completely unstoppable.
In 2010 Greg Tracey took the win, followed by two successive victories by Carlin Dunne, who competed on a Lighting electric motorcycle this season, taking the overall fastest motorcycle time (10.00.694 minutes).And once again in 2013, a Ducati Multistrada won the infamous “Race to the Clouds” in Colorado Springs, Colo. This year’s fourth straight Pikes Peak victory came with French privateer Bruno Langlois at the controls of the Multistrada.Langlois is no stranger to victory; he was Champion of France de Côte in 1985 and Champion de France Promosport 750 in 1990. Besides racing in France, Langlois likes the challenge of Pikes Peak, which is the second oldest running racing event in the states after Indianapolis Motor Speedway events (1909). He competed last year aboard a Ducati Streetfighter.For the 91st running of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, Langlois was supported by Ducati West Europe and his local Ducati Dealer, Moto Prestige.He used the Ducati Multistrada 1200 S Pikes Peak – built and named to celebrate the Italian manufacturer’s first win on the mountain – and took the 1205 category win at the race that climbs from 9,389 feet to finish at 14,100 feet altitude after 12.42 miles and 156 turns. His winning time was a 10:21.323.The stock Multistrada 1200 S Pikes Peak features Ride-by-Wire, Ducati Electronic Suspension, Ducati Traction Control and ABS into the four Riding Modes of Sport, Touring, Urban and Enduro. The modes, which can be pre-programmed with personalized settings, enable the rider to transform the motorcycle at the touch of a button, even while riding. This touch-button versatility was further enhanced for 2013 with the introduction of Ducati Skyhook Suspension, now proven perfect for the Pikes Peak event as well as impressing Multistrada owners all over the world.Ducati says victory at this year’s “Race to the Clouds” has highlighted the passion and determination for Ducatisti such as Bruno Langlois to embrace the Ducati brand and prove their talent in exciting and memorable events such as Pikes Peak.Thierry Mouterde (Managing Director of Ducati West Europe) says: “We are very happy to have been able to help make this victory happen for Bruno. As a passionate brand, we were impressed by his determination to win Pikes Peak and we knew that the Multistrada 1200 has a proven track record there. We would like to congratulate both Bruno and Moto Prestige, our Ducati dealer in Ajaccio, for the great work they have done.”
This week we ride two genre-departing motorcycles from the established American manufacturers. Jess McKinley gives us his thoughts on the all new Harley-Davidson Pan America Special, and Ron Lieback gives his on Indian’s latest version of the FTR 1200 S.