The new Multistrada 1260 chassis is based on the use of a new frame and a longer swingarm. The steering angle has been increased by 1 degree, from 24° to 25° while the swingarm, also new, is 48 mm longer.Read more
Ducati has secured six victories on the mountain since the company’s debut in 2008 and held the all-time course record from 2012 until 2017.
In 2008, Ducati and the Spider Grips team campaigned the Hypermotard 1100 S for Ducati’s official debut in the race. The course was a combination of both dirt and asphalt and Spider Grips Ducati rider, Greg Trachy, piloted his way to Ducati’s first victory.
With the development of the game-changing Multistrada 1200 S and its 4-bikes-in-1 technology to traverse the treacherous terrain, Ducati returned in 2010 with a subsequent victory piloted by Trachy. This established the Multistrada as the bike to beat and gave birth to the Multistrada 1200 Pikes Peak.
2012 was an incredible year with Carlin Dunne joining the official team after winning the previous year with a privateer effort. With the course now completely paved, both Trachy and Dunne were the first motorcyclists to race the course and break the infamous 10-minute barrier. Dunne and Ducati set a new course record (9:52.819) and earned the title of King of the Mountain.
As the speeds were increasing, so were the risks and by 2016 the future of motorcycle racing was in question. Ducati worked with race organizers to develop the Race Smart program supported by former champions (Dunne & Trachy included) to ensure all rookie motorcycle entrants were best prepared for the challenge. This proved to be successful into 2017 with no serious injuries and kept motorcycles on the mountain.
Following two years of Squadra Alpina, 2017 saw Ducati and Dunne’s long-standing record broke by a mere 3.194 seconds. It was time for Ducati to return to racing on the mountain with the Spider Grips Ducati Team and the new Multistrada 1260 Pikes Peak.
The Ducati team record holder, Carlin Dunne, and current middleweight record holder, Codie Vahsholtz, make up the 2018 Spider Grips Ducati Pikes Peak team.
Ducati is partnering this year with Shell Advance, Brembo, Pirelli, Termignoni, Spider Grips, Ducati by Rizoma, Race Tech, Revl and Racing Cowboys for the Pikes Peak event.
The debut of the Multistrada 1260 Pikes Peak will showcase the versatility of the new, larger displacement Multistrada. The 1262 cc Ducati Testastretta DVT engine delivers 18% more torque in the mid-range and is paired with a redesigned chassis for increased stability. In addition, the motorcycle is fitted with a cutting-edge electronics package with distinct Riding Modes, Cornering ABS, Ducati Traction Control and Wheelie Control to improve control in all conditions on the mountain.
Starting with a Multistrada 1260 Pikes Peak directly off the Bologna production line, the team has developed the motorcycle for its sole purpose of racing Pikes Peak. Modifications have been limited with a focus of weight reduction, fine-tuning the chassis and ensuring the engine will breathe properly at an elevation in excess of 14,000 ft. The stock suite of electronics are being utilized in the development and testing which is a testament to the range and adaptability for racing purposes.
A motorcycle built for sport adventure, the new Multistrada 1260 is available in the standard version, the Multistrada 1260 S, and Multistrada Pikes Peak.