Pikes Peak International Hill Climb

The race organizers of Pikes Peak International Hill Climb (PPIHC) has decided to end the motorcycle racing category two years after the tragic death of Carlin Dunne.

The official confirmation came after completing a two-year review on the prospect of bringing motorcycle racing back to Pikes Peak.

While Fred Veitch, Interim Chairman of the PPIHC, admitted the decision was difficult, it was the right one to make.

“Motorcycle competition has been part of the history of the race off-and-on since 1916 and has been both thrilling and tragic for competitors and fans alike.

“This has been a long process and a difficult decision, but we believe it is the right decision and one that is in the best interest of the organization at this time,” he said.

There are a number of factors that lead to such a decision, the first being the increase of riders fatalities and the types of bikes involved in the competition.

During the early years, riders race to the top with dirt bikes, but everything changes when the road was paved all the way to the top.

This resulted in riders opted for powerful road bikes, which drastically increased the speed and a higher chance of accidents.

Dunne was involved in an accident while riding the Ducati Streetfighter V4 Prototype on his way to the finish line.

(Source: PPIHC)

Sumber: Asphalt And Rubber

Apakah sebenarnya perlumbaan Pikes Peak? Demikian persoalan yang diajukan sehubungan dengan berita mengejut kematian Carlin Dunne ketika menunggang jentera prototaip Ducati Streetfighter V4 di perlumbaan Pikes Peak International Hill Climb (PPIHC), hari ini.

Bagi mereka yang mengikuti perkembangan perlumbaan ini, PPIHC merupakan antara perlumbaan paling sukar di dunia.

Sumber: Out There Colorado

Pikes Peak merupakan puncak tertinggi di selatan Rocky Mountains, Colorado Springs yang terletak di Utara Amerika.

Perlumbaan PPIHC memasuki edisi ke-97 dan merupakan perlumbaan kedua tertua di Amerika Syarikat selepas Indianapolis 500.

Bagaimanapun, tidak seperti Indianapolis 500, PPIHC melibatkan semua jenis kenderaan dua roda dan empat roda dan kejuaraan ini tidak pernah gagal dianjurkan sejak 1916 – kecuali ketika AS terlibat dalam dua Perang Dunia.

Menariknya, tidak seperti perlumbaan lain yang mengutamakan kelajuan dan catatan masa terpantas, PPIHC akan mencabar ketahanan daripada aspek fizikal pelumba dan mekanikal jentera ekoran perubahan altitud – pelumba bermula di 9,390 kaki sebelum naik ke puncak yang berada pada 14,115 kaki dari paras laut.

Sumber: The Col Collective

Bukan itu sahaja, permukaan jalan di Pikes Peak dipenuhi batu dan tanah sebelum diturap pada 2011 – yang membuatkan jalan tersebut lebih bahaya susulan membuatkan pelumba untuk menunggang lebih laju di tambah dengan ketiadaan penghadang jalan sepertimana yang terdapat di lebuh raya.

PPIHC sememangnya litar idaman bagi pencinta motosikal yang tegar namun tidak seperti perlumbaan lain yang dianggap lebih ‘mainstream’, Pikes Peak mengundang cabaran dan bahaya yang berbeza.

Selain dari mendiang Carlin Dunne – yang merupakan pelumba yang menjadi fokus utama susulan dipertanggungjawabkan untuk menunggang prototaip Ducati Streetfighter V4, juara Isle of Man TT, Michael Dunlop turut dijadualkan untuk membuat penampilan namun menarik diri ekoran masalah kecederaan.

  • The Ducati Streetfighter V4 Pikes Peak prototype finally breaks cover.

  • It wears the “pixelated” paint scheme used for prototypes.

  • The bike will be raced at the prestigious “Race to the Clouds” Pikes Peak International Hill Climb (PPIHC) on 30th June.

Ladies and gentleman, after months of speculation and nail-biting, the Ducati Streetfighter V4 Pikes Peak prototype finally breaks cover.

Truth is, we were also surprised by how it looks, specifically in its “paint” scheme. It wears the “pixelated” scheme we usually see on test bikes that are designed to cloak the prototype’s lines. For that matter, Ducati says that this prototype suggests “how the bike will eventually look.”

The bike doesn’t look highly modified from Panigale V4 from which it is based on. It appears that Ducati stripped the bodywork off, replaced the clip-ons with a tapered handlebar and installed a different headlamp cowl. But look closer and you’ll find winglets on the radiator cowls.

However, it is definitely a potent package, provided that they didn’t retune the 1103cc Desmosedici Stradale engine. That’s 213 hp and 124 Nm in standard tune, but adding the Akrapovic race exhaust brings it to 226 hp. We repeat: A 226 hp naked bike, yo!

As speculated earlier, Ducati decided to debut the Streetfighter V4 prototype at the “Race to the Clouds” Pikes Peak International Hill Climb (PPIHC) on 30th June. The PPIHC is the prestigious race which allows naked sportbikes. Carlin Dunne will resume his duty as Ducati’s factory rider, and you can be sure that they will aim for not only the win but a new outright record.

“The Streetfighter V4 will be one of the stars of the Ducati World Premiere 2020,” declared Claudio Domenicali, CEO of Ducati. “Streetfighter V4 is the Panigale for road riding; so there was no better stage than the Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb for what will be the highest performance Streetfighter ever put into production.”

  • A Ducati Streetfighter V4 teaser of its debut at the 2019 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb (PPIHC) has appeared in the Ducati FB page.

  • The video ends with the messages “The gloves come off at Pikes Peak” and “Stay tuned June 13.”

  • Carlin Dunne is slated to ride a “Ducati Pikes Peak Prototipo” which heavily implies a Streetfighter V4 prototype.

A Ducati Streetfighter V4 teaser of its debut at the 2019 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb (PPIHC) has appeared in the Ducati FB page. The video showed a few lines of a bike, before flashing to “The gloves come off at Pikes Peak” and instructing us to “Stay tuned June 13.”

Although the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb officially begins from 24th June with pre-race activities such as scrutineering, official practice and qualifying, the race proper begins on 30th June.

However, there are unsanctioned practices on 8th, 9th , 14th, 15th and 16th June for the competitors. Thus, the unveiling of the Streetfighter V4 happens on the eve of one of those tests.

Interestingly, the Streetfighter V4 isn’t found in the competitors’ listing. Instead, it’s described as “Ducati Pikes Peak Prototipo (prototype),” in the heavyweight category. Carlin Dunne who has won on Ducatis multiple times will ride the bike. Dunne also won last year on a Ducati Multistrada 1260 Pikes Peak. However, his final time was 10 seconds off the record set by Chris Fillmore in 2018 on the KTM 1290 Super Duke R.

There exists beyond doubt that Ducati wants to not only retain the PPIHC crown but also set a new record. Indeed, a Streetfighter V4 prototype was spotted testing at a track last week.

The PPIHC is a 156-corner “track” up a hillside. The competitors (including cars, 4X4s, quads) start from sea level and wind their way up to the finish line at 4302.2 metres (14, 115 feet).

Superbikes were allowed a few years before but were subsequently banned due to a number of fatal crashes. “Motorcycles with one-piece, non-clip-on handlebars are allowed,” as the organizers put it.

So, stay tuned, indeed!

Sources: Ducati, PPIHC

  • Motosikal streetfighter, Zero SR/F telah bersedia untuk perlumbaan Pikes Peak International Hill Climb tahun ini.
  • Motosikal ini telah dilancarkan pada bulan Januari lalu.
  • Motor elektriknya mampu menghasilkan sehingga 110hp dan 189.8Nm tork.


  • The Zero SR/F streetfighter is set to compete in the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb this year.

  • The bike was launched in January.

  • Its motor produces 110 bhp and 189.8 Nm of torque.

The just-launched Zero SR/F streetfighter will be raced up Pikes Peak in June this year.

The 156-corner, 20-km Pikes Peak International Hill Climb (PPIHC) may not ring a bell with many motorcycle enthusiasts in Malaysia, but it is an important event where street bikes are pitted against the mountain and the clock.

Many well-known motorcycle models have tackled the course and earned the prestigious win including the electric Lightning LS-218, Ducati Multistrada, KTM 1290 Super Duke R. Ducati even went ahead to build the limited-edition Multistrada Pikes Peak.

However, sportbikes aren’t allowed on the course due to safety reasons after a number of riders were killed. So, the PPIHC sees close competition among sport-tourers and naked sportbikes.

Consequently, Zero Engineering feels that the event is the best place to show off the capabilities of the SR/F. American rider Cory West will ride the bike.

The Zero SR/F was launched earlier this year in Amsterdam. Although it looks like the mix between a Ducati and Benelli, it’s anything but, according to the company.

Specs include a motor which produces 110 hp and 189.8 Nm of torque. Torque is the most important aspect up Pikes Peak due to the snaking course, sharp corners and hairpins.

Besides that, owners can charge the battery to 95% in one hour and it weighs 226kg.

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