Ducati is preparing to make a comeback at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb race. It has maintained a great record for this course in the past. But new manufacturers have been putting in tremendous effort to score the fastest time. Ducati will participate in this year’s event with its two riders – Carlin Dunne and Codie Vahsholtz.
Carlin Dunne, a former record-holder at Pikes Peak, was the first rider to complete the highly demanding Mountain course with 156 turns in under 10 minutes. However, his record was broken last year by Chris Fillmore gunning a KTM 1290 Super Duke R. Codie Vahsholtz, on the other hand, is the current middleweight record-holder at Pikes Peak.
Speaking about Ducati’s return to Pikes Peak, Jason Chinnock, CEO, Ducati North America, said, “After holding the course record for many years, we had decided to use our experience on the mountain to help support the safety of riders with the introduction of the Squadra Alpina program and keep the tradition of motorcycle racing on the mountain.”
He further added, “Our efforts proved to be successful. After 2017, when Dunne’s record was finally broken by a small margin, it inspired us to race again with the goal of reclaiming the title. The riders, team and new Multistrada 1260 Pikes Peak are destined to be a force on the mountain.”
Getting back to the Mountain, it is a great opportunity for Ducati to not only win its place back on the charts at the Pikes Peak but also to test out its Multistrada 1260 Pikes Peak model. Unlike the old times, it won’t be easy for Ducati to score a win because lately, firms like Honda, Kawasaki, and KTM have been pretty extraordinary on this course. The 2018 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb is scheduled to be held on 24 June, Sunday.