Ducati Strengthens Romance with Pikes Peak International Hill Climb
Ducati Wins Middleweight Class at 2014 PPIHC, and Takes Two Open-Class Podiums
Since Ducati released the Multistrada 1200 in 2010, the Borgo Panigale company began a romance with America’s second-oldest race – the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb.
This romance became so intense Ducati eventually released a Multistrada 1200 S Pikes Peak edition.
It all began in 2010 when Greg Tracy took the win in the former 1205 Class aboard a Multistrada 1200 S. This was followed up in 2011 with the 1205 Class win, this time Carlin Dunne piloting the Multi. En route to the “Race to the Clouds” Summit finish line at 14,115 feet above sea level, Dunne also set a new outright lap record for the motorcycle classes.
Things only got quicker in 2012 when Dunne piloted the Multistrda S to its third-straight victory, setting another outright lap record along the way. The new record? A 9:52.819. In 2013, Ducati again won the 1205 Class division, this time with Bruno Langlois at the controls of the Multistrada 1200 S, though times were no where near Dunne’s lap record.
Ducati’s four-year winning streak in the fastest motorcycle class came to end during this year’s 92nd running of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb.
Though Ducati couldn’t grab the win in the Open class, which replaces the 1205 Class (allowing fully-faired literbikes), it took the second through fifth Positions.
Ducati did win the Middeweight Class with the the Frenchman Eric Piscione at the controls of a Streetfighter 848; his winning time was a 10:46.159.
More importantly, though, Ducati still holds the outright lap record that Dunne set in 2012. This year’s Open-class winner, Kawasaki’s Jeremy Toye, came within six seconds of Dunne’s record.
Finishing second in the open class was Lambert Fabrice, who competed on a Ducati 1098R. His time was a 10:04.401, six seconds slower than Toye.
Following in third and fourth were Don Canet and Micky Dymond with lap times of 10:10.101 and 10:11.319 respectively; both Canet and Dymond competed aboard Ducati Multistrada 1200s. Bruno Langlois finished in the fifth slot with a time of 10:14.480 on an 1199 Panigale.
Ducati did more than impress once again at PPIHC, and has another year to prep for the 2015 edition. The question is, will this romance continue?