The 2012 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb is now a roadrace. The entire course was run as a paved road for the first time in the history of the event. Not surprisingly, records fell as the previously slippery and treacherous unpaved upper course is now smooth tarmac. Most interesting to this observer was the fact that the Ducati Multistrada 1200 S, ridden to victory by Carlin Dunne, finished with a time just a few seconds off the new course record for unlimited automobiles. Here is a press release from Pirelli:
Rome, Georgia, August 14, 2012 – Pirelli put the power to the ground for Team Spider Grips Ducati Sunday at the 90th running of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, delivering an historic 1-2 punch on the famed course. Pirelli is the tire of choice for Team Spider Grips Ducati, and Carlin Dunne put the hand cut slicks to good use by dominating the 2012 “Race to the Clouds” field, setting the new course record for motorcycles on Sunday from pole position for the second consecutive year on a Ducati Multistrada 1200 S. Teammate Greg Tracy was close behind Dunne, and earned second place on the podium. Both riders’ blistering sub-10 minute paces put them at third and fourth overall for the entire field of motorcycles, cars and ATVs.
Dunne crossed the finish line at the 14,110-foot summit of Pikes Peak with the record-setting time of 9:52.819, beating his previous record of 11:11.32, while Tracy was less than six seconds behind, placing second with 9:58.262.