At the 2018 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, Ducati reclaims the title ‘King of the Mountain’ by winning the 96th ‘Race to the Clouds’. It was the legendary Ducati racer, Carlin Dunne on the Multistrada 1260 Pikes Peak, both of them (the man and machine) helped Ducati to have the crown once again.
Dunne, who is the first motorcyclist ever to traverse the 4,720-foot mountain race course in less than 10 minutes in 2012, completed the 2018 “Race to the Clouds” in 9:59:102. Speaking about his achievement, he said, “We did it. The Multistrada 1260 Pikes Peak proved as amazing as we all hoped. It performed flawlessly, giving me everything I needed to get up the mountain. Pikes Peak is never an easy race, but the weather cooperated and we clinched the victory for Ducati.”
The Ducati Multistrada 1260 Pikes Peak has a new, larger displacement 1262 cc Ducati Testastretta DVT engine delivering 18% more torque in the mid-range. The bike is also paired with a redesigned chassis for increased stability.
It was Ducati’s seventh victory on the mountain since the company’s debut in 2008. Ducati and Dunne held the all-time course record from 2012 until 2017, a year in which Ducati was not part of the official race competition. Dunne’s previous victory in 2012 was achieved on a Multistrada 1200 S.
This year the Ducati team also had a new rider named Codie Vahsholtz. He is from Colorado, and comes from a family of Pikes Peak champions and has established a series of victories of his own. He finished third in this year’s race with a time of 10:12:703.