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Carlin Dunne Puts Prototype Ducati Streetfighter V4 on Pole for Pikes Peak This Weekend

Four-time Pikes Peak champion Carlin Dunne grabbed pole position for this weekend’s Pikes Peak International Hill Climb event aboard the prototype Ducati Streetfighter V4. Follow this link to see an interesting video interview of Carlin Dunne courtesy of a local Colorado news station.

Dunne qualified just in front of Cycle News journalist Rennie Scaysbrook, who is riding an Aprilia Tuono V4 1100.

Course record holder Chris Fillmore has switched to the Lighweight Division this year, and is riding a KTM 450 single. Impressively, Fillmore has qualified 4th quickest, ahead of many larger displacement bikes.

The 5th quickest rider in qualifying is the only female participating, Lucy Glockner of Germany. This is the second year Glockner has shown up with a BMW S1000R (she has a new 2019 model this year). Here is a story about Glockner, and the admiration shown her by male competitor Scaysbrook.

Here is the list of all of the motorcycle qualifiers for Sunday’s race — note that the list is in reverse order (faster riders at the bottom). Stay tuned for results of the race in an MD report Sunday.

Ducati has released the press release below following qualifying:

  • Carlin Dunne secured pole position on the Ducati Streetfighter V4 prototype, he is the fastest rider at the end of the qualifying session
  • Codie Vahsholtz, competing on Multistrada 1260 Pikes Peak in Heavyweight Division, qualifies in second place in his category and in third place overall
  • Sunday 30 June, at 7.30 a.m. local time, the departure of the Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, which will end at 12.00 p.m. local time

Colorado Springs, Colorado, U.S.A. / Bologna, Italy, 28 June 2019 – Carlin Dunne of the Spider Grips Ducati team will be in pole position for Sunday’s “Race to the Clouds”. Dunne, on the Ducati Streetfighter V4 prototype, scored the best time during all qualifying sessions. Teammate Codie Vahsholtz, competing on the Multistrada 1260 Pikes Peak, qualified in second place in his category and in third place overall.

This 97th running of “The Race To The Clouds” marks the world premiere of Ducati’s new Streetfighter V4 in prototype form. The Bologna-based manufacturer chose the PPIHC race track in Colorado as the proving ground for the prototype. The Streetfighter V4 derives directly from the sporty Panigale V4, stripped of its fairings, and fitted with high and wide handlebars. The motorcycle also includes a 200 cv “V” shaped 4 ciclinder engine: the 1100cc Desmosedici Stradale, kept in hand by aerodynamic profiles specifically designed to ensure stability at high speeds while maintaining a very agile chassis. The production version of the Streetfighter V4 will be unveiled at the Ducati World Première and is scheduled to be available in Ducati dealerships starting in Spring 2020.

Ducati’s heritage at the PPIHC is well-known throughout the world, with Ducati being crowned a winner of the race in 2018, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009 and 2008, eight instances in total, including last year.

The Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb takes place Sunday June 30 in Colorado Springs (U.S.A.). The hill climb starts at 7.30 a.m. local time and will end at 12.00 p.m. local time. Fans can can listen to live flag-to-flag coverage downloading the event’s official App

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  1. todd says:

    Watch out for a bike my coworker helped build up on the course!

  2. Stickman says:

    I was wondering what happened to Michael Dunlop who was planning to race this year and later found out he had a crash in Ireland last Saturday and was injured. His team mate Lucy Glockner will carry the flag for the BMW Wunderlich team. Would have been interesting!

  3. Anonymous says:

    Impressive that a MT-07 qualified 7th and a Zero qualified 10th imo

  4. ApriliaRST says:

    Sounds exciting. It’s impressive the KTM 450 is fourth fastest. Best wishes for a safe and successful race for all the competitors!

    • Dinger says:

      I find that amazing, too. This air, HP heavy track, you’d think giving up 2/3rds of the power output would slow that rider down a lot more.

      • mickey says:

        pffft, if todd was there with his 58 hp BMW, he’d be showing them all how to get to the top the quickest. He regularly trounces all the 150 hp liter bikes that try and keep up with him.

        just messin’ with ya todd

        • todd says:

          I’m fair game when i make those claims. However, it’s not likely any of the Pikes Peak riders will be the sort of weekend warrior I typically ride with. I’d love to give it a try but power and high corner speeds are what are required here, I can only bring one of those with my K75!

        • Anonymous says:

          It’s a very different world when there are no speed limits and no other traffic to contend with.

        • Anonymous says:

          The big Ducati V4 was only about 14 seconds quicker in closed-course, unrestricted conditions. In the real world the little KTM would be quicker in most situations. But that depends on the capabilities of the rider. The average road rider (Mickey) knows how to twist the throttle in a straight line, but isn’t good at much else. Slow riders will always prefer big bikes because they won’t be quick on anything.

          • mickey says:

            LOL I ride big bikes because I’m lazy and find big bikes easier to ride. Plus I’m 69 years old and don’t feel like I have to prove anything to anybody. Quit seeing how high I could pee up the wall 30 years ago. Fast is a relative term. I’m slower than some, but faster than some as well. I imagine that applies to most everyone, even Marquez who got beat today at Assen.

            I watch the really fast riders on MotoGP. Everyone else is a slower rider. Since you are at home typing today and not racing at Assen I assume that means you are not one of the really fast ones either. Big fish small pond? Congrats.

          • Anonymous says:

            Mickey, you seem to forget things. Big men, like me, don’t get to ride MotoGP bikes. Only little boys do. But at your age forgetfulness is common, as is delusions about your past capabilities.

        • todd says:

          Then you look at the qualifying times and there’s a little FZ-07 that’s 10 seconds faster than a BMW S1000R. I guess Power isn’t all it’s cracked up to be on a road course.

        • todd says:

          Looking at the records I can see I would need more practice. The course is 12.5 miles with 156 turns, a bit faster than the road near my house that is 10.5 miles and 160 turns. Still, riders are putting in records around 9 to 11 minutes. My best on my road is around 11-1/2 minutes, suicidal squirrels, dear and turkeys not withstanding.

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