Ridden by the Ducati rider and tester Andrea Rossi, the Multistrada 1260 Enduro took the first spot in the twin-cylinder category in the Transanatolia Rally 2020 off-road competition. The dual-sport motorcycle was at the 9th place overall.
The Transanatolia Rally is one of the world’s top rally-raid events. The Turkish race is very demanding for motorbikes and competitors and sees both professional and amateur riders at the start. The route is characterized by an extremely rocky terrain that alternates with dirt roads, sand, and very fast stages. The 2020 edition was held between 15-22 August and the itinerary, developed in over seven days, included the departure from Istanbul to arrive in Sile, crossing the cities of Abant, Aymana and Karadag, for a total of 2,850 kms.
The Ducati Multistrada 1260 Enduro raced in Turkey equipped with bull-bars, radiator guards and type-approved silencer all from the Ducati Performance accessories selection. The configuration was standard except for a high saddle more suitable for extreme off-roading, suspensions adjusted according to the type of route and side number plates required by race regulations.
Speaking about the Multistrada 1260 Enduro, Andrea Rossi, said, “Since 2016 I started working with Ducati on the development of the Multistrada Enduro project, so I know very well its potential, its robustness and its countless qualities, which is why it was decided to participate in a demanding rally like the Transanatolia with a practically standard bike.
He further added, “The rally proved to be even more challenging and complete than I thought. We had to tackle exhausting stages of slow, stony and technically punishing mountain, very fast stages on the Anatolian dirt tracks and stages on the sand of the Black Sea beaches. The Multistrada 1260 Enduro excellently overcame all adversities. For me, it was a great joy to take it to victory in the Twin-cylinder category and the top 10 of the overall classification”.
The Multistrada 1260 Enduro has covered 7 stages in 7 days, with a daily average of 450 km for 8 hours of navigation. It climbed a mountain up to 3,000 metres above sea level and reached a top speed of 203 km/h on the salt lake of Tuz Golu.