Sitting aboard a Ducati Multistrada 1200, Carlin Dunne won the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb and set an all-time motorcycle record in the process. He also gave the Italian brand its second consecutive victory in the historic race. Dunne is the owner of Ducati Santa Barbara in California. He took the checkered flag on a demo bike from his store’s showroom!
After three weeks of preparation, the team set out for Pikes Peak to make Dunne’s rookie effort on the hill. The 28 year-old rider was fast from day one, qualifying on pole for the race and setting a confident pace throughout all three days of practice.
In the race, Dunne got the holeshot at the start and never looked back. The time across the finish line was 11:11.32sec; a new course record for motorcycles. “We were definitely anxious to get out and race today,” said Dunne. “When the flag dropped I got the holeshot and went for it. The whole week’s setup with my technician Sam Swain came together and the Multistrada 1200 worked flawlessly to give us the win. “With the help of Spider Grips, Dumontec, BrakeTech and Burley Motorsports we can go home with an all-time record!”
While Dunne topped the timesheets for Ducati, Pikes Peak regular Alexander Smith rode a spirited race and crossed the finish line with a time of 12:12.92sec; earning him a celebrated third place in the 1205cc class. In what was a wild race away from Dunne and Smith, the two remaining Ducati entries suffered misfortunes. Six-time winner, Greg Tracy, had an unfortunate fall while pushing to post a fast time, and is already looking forward to next year’s race.
Second place qualifier, Mark Cernicky, also suffered bad luck when his tire went flat several corners past the starti line. All four riders in the Ducati family enjoyed their Pikes Peak adventures despite mixed results, and were thrilled with the dominating performance of the Multistrada 1200.
Crucial to Ducati’s Pikes Peak success is the Multistrada’s “4 bikes in 1” capability. The Pikes Peak circuit is an ideal location to demonstrate the effectiveness of the Multistrada 1200’s riding modes because of its diverse terrain. A racer can conquer the asphalt sections using the Multistrada’s 150hp “Sport” mode, and change on the fly to the 100hp “Enduro” mode for the dirt sections of the course. This enables maximum setup options throughout the race, changing the Multistrada’s Electronic Suspension, Traction Control, and Bosch-Brembo ABS in conjunction with the engine’s ride-by-wire throttle management.
The Multistrada 1200’s race win is reflected in the Multistrada 1200 S Pikes Peak Special Edition, a striking version of the Multistrada 1200 S painted and accessorized to match the Spider Grips team bikes competing in the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb.