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    Default Ducati wins Pikes Peak International Hill Climb for third consecutive year



    Carlin Dunne dominated the 2012 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, setting the new course record for motorcycles today from pole position for the second year in a row on a Ducati Multistrada 1200 S. This win marks Ducatis third-straight victory at the historic "Race to the Clouds".

    Both Dunne and Spider Grips Ducati teammate and six-time winner Greg Tracy finished the race under the 10-minute barrier, which is a first for any motorcycle in the races 90-year history. 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.

    Today was an emotional day, said Dunne. The year of work the Spider Grips Ducati team put into preparing for Pikes Peak got us across the finish line in under 10 minutes, an achievement were very proud of. When we heard that we won and broke the record for the second time, I was speechless. The one-two finish proves the Ducati Multistrada 1200 S is the ultimate bike to conquer Pikes Peak.

    Dunne reached speeds above 144mph (230kmh) throughout the mountains straights, and traversed 156 turns, ranging from hairpin, blind, decreasing radius, and multi-apex turns, while consistently gaining elevation up the technical 12.42-mile (20km) course. The Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, or "Race to the Clouds", is situated in a range of the Rocky Mountains, 16km west of Colorado Springs and races from a start line altitude of 2,862 metres (9,389ft) to a finish line at 4,300 (14,100ft).

    Ducatisti around the world are celebrating the victory of Carlin Dunne and the Spider Grips Ducati Team we are all very proud, said Dominique Cheraki, General Manager of Ducati North America. Three years ago we chose the Multistrada 1200 S to compete at Pikes Peak to showcase its on-and-off road capabilities, class-leading ergonomics, handling, and performance. When we were alerted that the entire course would be paved in 2012, there was no doubt that the Multistrada 1200 S was still the right choice and breaking the record today proves this.

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    Good, congrats to Ducati.............just hope they can do something like this in motogp too..

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    Quote Originally Posted by princesirohi View Post
    Good, congrats to Ducati.............just hope they can do something like this in motogp too..
    Hahah. Maybe with the help of Audi, they will be able to climb the most prestigious peak of a Motogp championship.
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    ^^^ But sir , there is a rumor tat Audi is planing to produce two wheelers with the help of Ducati

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    The MultiStrada is a really serious machine, I would like to see its 'competitors' in the same segment do what it has done. A substantial part was unpaved before this year and the MTS has proved that it can be ridden with equal confidence and results, both on the tarmac and off road.

    Production bikes like MTS which have tech from MotoGP trickled down into them matter more than the MotoGP 'results' themselves.

    Moreover, it is also the rider riding the machine than purely the machine Rossi<--Ducati--> Casey.

    These fluctuations happen, what matters is how the MotoGP tech benefits the production bikes on the road.
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    Quote Originally Posted by deepan 63 View Post
    ^^^ But sir , there is a rumor tat Audi is planing to produce two wheelers with the help of Ducati
    Not heard about that. Audi has bought Ducati to have a two wheeler arm. I doubt if you are going to see Audi branded two wheelers.

    Quote Originally Posted by Sunny View Post
    The MultiStrada is a really serious machine, I would like to see its 'competitors' in the same segment do what it has done. A substantial part was unpaved before this year and the MTS has proved that it can be ridden with equal confidence and results, both on the tarmac and off road.

    Production bikes like MTS which have tech from MotoGP trickled down into them matter more than the MotoGP 'results' themselves.

    Moreover, it is also the rider riding the machine than purely the machine Rossi<--Ducati--> Casey.

    These fluctuations happen, what matters is how the MotoGP tech benefits the production bikes on the road.
    With all due respect Sunny. Motogp is the pinnacle of motorcycle racing. And ducs have been all about sportbikes. The trickle down of motogp tech to road bikes. The earlier version of Ducati motogp bike used the engine as a stressed member and this has now been adopted in the Panigale. The Ducati motogp bike was a failure. The Panigale might be an exotic beauty and wonderful to own. But the wsbk riders don't want it. Its not good enough for their standards. Carlos Checa wsbk champion on the ducati doesn't want to ride the panigale.

    And as regards to Stoner and Rossi on the Duc. Stoner won not because of the Ducati but overiding the inherrent weaknesses of the duc. That doesn't make the bike better, it just shows what an amazing talent Stoner is. Look what he did to the competition when he got off the duc in 2010 and got onto a honda in 2011.

    In motogp duc have been fooling themselves that the bike is rideable they only need the correct rider. But barring Stoner no one else has been able to tame it. Statistics speaks volumes sir.

    But this is about the MTS winning the Pikes Peak Challenge. Congrats to them for that, but the most prestigious motorcycle race in the world is still very much out of reach for them currently.

    And to say the motogp 'results' don't matter is absurd. It doesn't matter how much fancy tech they put into their bikes, if they can't win with a nine times champion.
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    Very true. But in the end, if you look at the MTS market, most people looking to buy these kind of bikes are not your 'MotoGP' types, but you have some valid points there and I would like to see Duc winning in MGP as well!



    Quote Originally Posted by The Monk View Post
    Not heard about that. Audi has bought Ducati to have a two wheeler arm. I doubt if you are going to see Audi branded two wheelers.



    With all due respect Sunny. Motogp is the pinnacle of motorcycle racing. And ducs have been all about sportbikes. The trickle down of motogp tech to road bikes. The earlier version of Ducati motogp bike used the engine as a stressed member and this has now been adopted in the Panigale. The Ducati motogp bike was a failure. The Panigale might be an exotic beauty and wonderful to own. But the wsbk riders don't want it. Its not good enough for their standards. Carlos Checa wsbk champion on the ducati doesn't want to ride the panigale.

    And as regards to Stoner and Rossi on the Duc. Stoner won not because of the Ducati but overiding the inherrent weaknesses of the duc. That doesn't make the bike better, it just shows what an amazing talent Stoner is. Look what he did to the competition when he got off the duc in 2010 and got onto a honda in 2011.

    In motogp duc have been fooling themselves that the bike is rideable they only need the correct rider. But barring Stoner no one else has been able to tame it. Statistics speaks volumes sir.

    But this is about the MTS winning the Pikes Peak Challenge. Congrats to them for that, but the most prestigious motorcycle race in the world is still very much out of reach for them currently.

    And to say the motogp 'results' don't matter is absurd. It doesn't matter how much fancy tech they put into their bikes, if they can't win with a nine times champion.
    Quote Originally Posted by The Monk View Post
    Not heard about that. Audi has bought Ducati to have a two wheeler arm. I doubt if you are going to see Audi branded two wheelers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Monk View Post
    With all due respect Sunny. Motogp is the pinnacle of motorcycle racing. And ducs have been all about sportbikes. The trickle down of motogp tech to road bikes. The earlier version of Ducati motogp bike used the engine as a stressed member and this has now been adopted in the Panigale. The Ducati motogp bike was a failure. The Panigale might be an exotic beauty and wonderful to own. But the wsbk riders don't want it. Its not good enough for their standards. Carlos Checa wsbk champion on the ducati doesn't want to ride the panigale.

    And as regards to Stoner and Rossi on the Duc. Stoner won not because of the Ducati but overiding the inherrent weaknesses of the duc. That doesn't make the bike better, it just shows what an amazing talent Stoner is. Look what he did to the competition when he got off the duc in 2010 and got onto a honda in 2011.

    In motogp duc have been fooling themselves that the bike is rideable they only need the correct rider. But barring Stoner no one else has been able to tame it. Statistics speaks volumes sir.

    But this is about the MTS winning the Pikes Peak Challenge. Congrats to them for that, but the most prestigious motorcycle race in the world is still very much out of reach for them currently.

    And to say the motogp 'results' don't matter is absurd. It doesn't matter how much fancy tech they put into their bikes, if they can't win with a nine times champion.
    I agree buddy, but Sunny's (justifiable) point is that MotoGP experience of any kind should be used (and is used), for making better road bikes.

    The drastic Panigale has arrived quite recently with changes that are literally jaw dropping. Let's give it 1-2 years more and then take WSBK riders' opinions. Maybe they'll change? Maybe the bike will get a small/ big change?


    And, if you recall 2-3 of the fastest road bikes (ZX 10R, S 1000RR/ HP4, etc.), their manufacturers are not in MotoGP anymore. Even when one of them existed (Kawasaki), they were not too good anyways...
    But do you see a ZX 10R owner complaining? I'm yet to see one. And frankly, why should they?

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    Coming back to the topic, Multistrada is a great example of the above theory. I've never seen a better all-rounder than MTS, all due to its electronics.
    Watch its torque curve in different modes, you'll be amazed at how linear it is in one mode (Enduro mode I think?). No dips, no spikes. Simply brilliant torque delivery.

    These fluctuations happen, what matters is how the MotoGP tech benefits the production bikes on the road.
    Total Fact. Why should we be least concerned when we're getting good road machines for our money?
    We know how MotoGP is... and how roads are...

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    Although I have never been a Ducati fan, but the MTS just blew me away the first time I rode it. From its nimble handling, light weight, upright ergonomics, functional electronic gizmos to everything else on it...simply amazing.

    However, I will never put the MTS in the same segment of the R1200GS or Yamaha Super Tenere 1200 or a KTM 990 Adventure.....The MTS is an upright sports bike or better yet a super fast sport tourer that does its job well...whereas the 17inch front rims, alloy wheels etc are just not enough for the real hardcore off-roading that the other bikes are capable of. BUT THAT SAID, atleast 70-80% of the GS, S10 or Katoom riders rarely take their bikes off the pavement, so in that regards the MTS definitely outshines the other bikes in many aspects.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Sunny View Post
    Very true. But in the end, if you look at the MTS market, most people looking to buy these kind of bikes are not your 'MotoGP' types, but you have some valid points there and I would like to see Duc winning in MGP as well!







    And here it is:

    http://www.xbhp.com/talkies/news/232...-concepts.html
    Agree with you on that point! I also support Ducati in motogp.

    And thanks for the link. But 'mobility concepts' just doesn't read like Motorcycles

    Quote Originally Posted by Samarth 619 View Post
    I agree buddy, but Sunny's (justifiable) point is that MotoGP experience of any kind should be used (and is used), for making better road bikes.

    The drastic Panigale has arrived quite recently with changes that are literally jaw dropping. Let's give it 1-2 years more and then take WSBK riders' opinions. Maybe they'll change? Maybe the bike will get a small/ big change?


    And, if you recall 2-3 of the fastest road bikes (ZX 10R, S 1000RR/ HP4, etc.), their manufacturers are not in MotoGP anymore. Even when one of them existed (Kawasaki), they were not too good anyways...
    But do you see a ZX 10R owner complaining? I'm yet to see one. And frankly, why should they?

    --
    Coming back to the topic, Multistrada is a great example of the above theory. I've never seen a better all-rounder than MTS, all due to its electronics.
    Watch its torque curve in different modes, you'll be amazed at how linear it is in one mode (Enduro mode I think?). No dips, no spikes. Simply brilliant torque delivery.


    Total Fact. Why should we be least concerned when we're getting good road machines for our money?
    We know how MotoGP is... and how roads are...
    Samarth you have contradicted yourself. On one hand you say that motogp tech should and does trickle down to road bikes. On the other hand you say the best road bikes, do not even participate in motogp.

    Motogp is all about prototype racing. Tech going to production bikes is irrelevant. The money comes from marketing not from R&D. Winning a race, championship etc gives you eyeballs and brand building. Thats why factories race. 45 million euros per annum is a very big amount for the tiny bit of tech which is transferred from prototype to production.

    Since you know, please tell us how motogp is!!!
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