Ducati Multistrada Wins the Pikes Peak Hill Climb 2011
Owner of Ducati Santa Barbara in California, Dunne took the checkered flag on his store’s showroom demo bike. After three weeks of intense preparation, the team set out to Pikes Peak.
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. The time across the finish line was 11:11.32, which is a new course record for motorcycles.
“We were definitely anxious to get out and race today,“ said Dunne about his race. “When the flag dropped I got the holeshot and went for it. The whole week’s worth of setup work 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!”.
The Pikes Peak circuit is an ideal location for Multistrada 1200’s various riding modes, due to its diverse terrain. A racer can conquer the asphalt sections using the Multistrada’s 150hp “Sport” mode, and on the fly change to the 100hp “Enduro” mode for the dirt sections of the course. This enables maximum setup capabilities throughout the race, changing the Multistrada’s Ducati Electronic Suspension, Ducati Traction Control, and Bosch-Brembo ABS in conjunction with the engine’s fly-by-wire throttle management.
The Multistrada 1200’s race win comes on the eve of the Multistrada 1200 S Pikes Peak Special Edition, a special version of the Multistrada 1200 S painted and accessorized to match the Spider Grips team bikes competing in the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb.