In what we assume is an effort to draw Ducati’s racing heritage onto their new sport-tourer, the 2010 Ducati Multistrada 1200, Ducati has announced that it will run a pair of the new Multistrada’s at the 2010 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. Ducati is looking to reclaim its 1200cc-class victory from 2008, where the company secretly used a prototype Hypermotard 1100 (what later became the 2010 Ducati Hypermotard 1100 EVO), in what the company calls a “skunk works” mission. In order to secure victory, Ducati has partnered with Ducati of Newport Beach and Spider Grips of Southern California, the same people behind the 2008 winning team. More after the jump.
“Considering the success we had with the Livingstons in 2008, we’ve been plotting a return to the mountain in 2010 since the early days of developing the new Multistrada 1200,” said Jason Chinnock, Ducati North America’s Sales and Marketing Director.
Team Spider Grips Ducati will field a two bike team with riders Greg Tracy and Alexander Smith, the same two riders that raced the Ducati Hypermotard 1100 in 2008.
Will the new Multi prove its racing muster at Pikes Peak? Only time will tell, but check back June 26th & 27th for A&R’s coverage of the in Colorado.
Video of the 2008 Ducati Hypermotard 1100 “Skunk Works” Bike Practicing at Pikes Peak