Although the Ducati Multistrada 1200 was only recently introduced, it has now also won its first international competition, claiming a convincing victory plus third place in the 1200cc class at the annual Pike's Peak International Hill Climb.
In the hands of Pike's Peak veteran, Greg Tracy, the Multistrada 1200 S took a massive lead off the start line, and rode into the clouds to take the top podium position at 14,110 feet.
Tracy ran a smooth race, demonstrating the exceptional on and off-road capabilities of Ducati's innovative new model, which uses electronically controlled "riding-modes" to deliver top performance across all terrain.?? "That was an exciting week," said Tracy in the post race award ceremony. "I want to thank Ducati for the opportunity they've given me. It was an amazing ride. Everybody did an awesome job and the motorcycle is crazy fast. It hit 137mph at one point up the hill and worked great both on the dirt and the asphalt. When I was growing up, and all these factory teams would win races, I was sure they had $100,000 engines, which was why they went so fast. I was wrong. This is my first year on a factory motorcycle and I'll tell you, that bike was box-stock standard. It had some carbon, and a few tweaks but that was it."
Greg's teammate, Alexander Smith, also put in a formidable performance, ensuring the second Ducati Multistrada entry also made the podium. Alexander fought his way up the mountain in second position and looked set for a 1-2 finish before falling in the last corner, remounting to grab third.
"I have to repeat everything Greg said about the bike, it was perfect," said Smith. "The race was good, and if you see the start line footage, you can tell how awesome the bike was working. It was a smooth race up until the last corner, where I kind of laid it down. I got off real quick and remounted, which was still good enough for third, putting both Multistradas on the podium."