PPIHC: Carlin Dunne Takes Pole Position at Pikes Peak

08/10/2012 @ 3:12 pm, by Jensen Beeler5 COMMENTS

Wrapping up their third day of practice on the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb (PPIHC) course, the motorcycles were on the lower section of the mountain, which also serves as the qualifying sector for Sunday’s big race. Repeating his performance from last year, Carlin Dunne took his Ducati Multistrada 1200 S Pikes Peak race bike to the pole-position, clocking a 4’17.951 time on the lower section of the course.

Dunne’s teammate Greg Tracy is only a few seconds back on his Multistrada, posting a 4’20.443 time on the lower section, and taking the second-fastest lap time overall for the motorcycles. With Tracy riding stronger in the other sections, come race day the distinction should matter very little. After all, the hill climb is a race against the clock not the other riders, and Tracy has shown himself to be right on pace to give Dunne a hard time in repeating last year’s victory.

“We’re really happy with today’s results, and the Multistrada’s performance is exceeding our expectations. The new pavement is in really good condition, and as long as the weather holds out for race day [thunder cracks], we should have a really good race,” said Dunne. “Inherently, there is some pressure to upholding last year’s win, but I’m really trying to focus on enjoying the race. Really, I can only do what I can do, and just need to make sure I focus on Sunday morning. I’ve told multiple people this already, it really could go either way. The guy who puts 156 turns together best, will win.”

Teammates this year, Dunne stunned the Pikes Peak veterans with his record-setting race to the clouds last year. One of the principals at Ducati Santa Barbara, Dunne rode his dealerhship’s demo bike in the Pikes Peak race, though this year he is trading his matte black machine for one of Ducati North America’s very lovely red and white ones.

Out to prove his race was not a fluke, Dunne is a favorite for Sunday’s race on the now fully-paved course, though Tracy’s massive set of experience on Pikes Peak, not to mention his pace during the practice sessions, have thus far shown that either of the Spider Grips Ducati riders could take the checkered flag.

Click the following for the 450cc & 750cc motorcycle qualifying times.

2012 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb Qualifying Results for the 1205cc Class:

Pos.PICNameLap TimeSpeedHometownChassis
11Carlin Dunne4:16.89672.309Santa Barbara CADucati
22Greg Tracy4:20.44371.325Long Beach CODucati
33Bruno Langlois4:28.40369.209Ajaccio FranceDucati
104Jiri Heinik4:53.08963.380Czech RepublicKTM
285Weston Orloff5:06.15560.675Mukwonago WIHarley-Davidson
436Michael Henao5:15.54358.870Boulder COHarley-Davidson
587Norman Meyer5:33.91855.630Conifer COBMW
968Eddie Tafoya–.—0.000Chino Hills CADucati

Photo: © 2012 Jensen Beeler / Asphalt & Rubber – Creative Commons – Attribution 3.0

  • Richard Gozinya

    Kind of an interesting mix of bikes being used. Funny seeing a pair of Harley XR1200s beating an HP2 and a Streetfighter.

  • Kk

    That’s bad ass layin that ‘strada over like that.

  • Gutterslob

    With the course being entirely paved this year, I wonder if full-on sportbikes will be able to to enter? Do the rules even allow them to enter?

  • Rob

    Having just ridden this road myself on my MTS1200, I honestly don’t think a sportbike would be a terrible idea to enter with. It’s absolutely terrifying to think these guys haul ass up that mountain as it is.

  • Andrew Smith (Australia)

    Good luck to all riders on race day, a long way from Australia, so will miss the race but wait for results. Very envious of you Americans having such a great event. Cheers.