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Pikes Peak record set by Multistrada 1200 demo bike
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Pikes Peak record set by Multistrada 1200 demo bike - July 4, 2011, 09:58 PM


Riding Pikes Peak for the very first time, Carline Dunne not only stood at the pole position on Sunday’s race to the clouds, and not only did the Santa Barbara native also win the checkered flag in the 1205cc motorcycle class, but the Desmo Devil himself dropped some two-wheeled knowledge on Pikes Peak when he set the outright fastest time ever for a motorcycle on the fabled mountain road and its 156 turns.

Beating great Pikes Peak names like Greg Tracy, Gary Trachy, Tyler Cobb, along with a slew of more experienced Pikes Peak riders, Dunne’s race was dominating from the very start. Dropping the hammer from the first wave, Dunne had a rocket start from the line, and into the first corner was two to three bike lengths ahead of the second and third qualifiers. Perhaps the only thing that detracts from Carlin’s record win this past weekend, was the unfortunate circumstance of Cycle World‘s Mark Cernicky encountering a flat tire while closely chasing Dunne through the dirt section (Cernicky qualified second for the race, and was quick all week..this all after riding his race bike from Southern California to Pikes Peak). While Cernicky was uninjured from his crash, fan favorite Greg Tracy was a bit worse for the wear, after narrowly escaping serious injuries during his crash in the 1205cc class as well.

Tucking the front on the asphalt, the crowd waited with bated breath to hear news about the six-time Pikes Peak Champion. Though a little bruised and sore, news soon came down that Tracy survived the crash relatively unhurt, though the Southern-California native narrowly missed two rock clusters as he flew 10 feet up in the air and 100 feet down the course. While the veteran hinted at a likely return to the mountain next year, Tracy’s Spider Grips Ducati teammate Alexander Smith carried the team banner to the top of the mountain for 2011, finishing second in the 1205cc class on his Ducati North America supported Multistrada 1200 — making the weekend another 1-3 for the Bologna contingency.

Bringing only single shop mechanic, Sam Swain, from Ducati Santa Barbara to the race, Dunne competed, if you can believe it, on his store’s Multistrada 1200 demo bike. Removing the obvious street parts, the Ducati Santa Barbara Pikes Peak Multistrada 1200 was a relatively stock machine, with a custom bargain bin exhaust pipe being the only major modification. Dispelling any rumors that he was operating on a 200hp Ducati factory works motor (yes, the rumors were rife in the PPIHC paddock), Dunne described the secret modifications to his murdered Desmo exclusively to A&R.

The Ducati Santa Barbara Multistrada 1200 consists of black spray paint, and a homemade exhaust system that I had a guy weld up for me two days before we left,” laughed Dunne. “Really it was about getting down to the nitty-gritty, and getting the suspension figured out. This is our shop demo, and when it gets back to Santa Barbara, it will continue to be our shop demo.”
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