Ducati has announced its factory team for the 2012 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb (PPIHC), and the Italian company has secured the services of last-year’s winner and Rookie of the Year Carlin Dunne as well as six-time PPIHC winner Greg Tracy. Ducati has also partnered with the Spider Grips team, who will help prepare the teams Ducati Multistrada 1200 for the “Race to the Clouds” on July 8th.

For 2012, the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb will be fully-paved to the top of the mountain, which will surely see the speeds of competitors increase, and lap times drop on the 12.42 mile long course that ends at 14,110 feet. Holding the outright fastest motorcycle lap time on the mountain, Santa Barbara Ducati’s Carlin Dunne is eager to defend his title from last year, as well as his status as the fastest motorcyclist on the mountain.

“I”m really happy to be riding with Ducati for 2012, and to have the chance to defend the title at Pikes Peak International Hill Climb,” said Carlin Dunne. “This year will be harder than ever with the new course and format, but with our assembled Spider Grips Ducati team, I’m confident that we have the best chance possible of winning the race, and defending the title.”

“I”m also excited to be teamed up with Greg Tracy, since he has an enormous amount of knowledge from racing the Pikes Peak course,” added Dunne. “Just because I won the race last year doesn’t mean that I’ve become an expert on Pikes Peak, and for 2012 I’m looking forward to learning more from Greg and getting faster on the mountain.”

Dunne and Tracy will get their first chance to be reacquainted with the Pikes Pike hill climb course in June, when the PPIHC holds its first practice session for competitors.

Photos from the 2011 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb:

Photos: © 2011 Jensen Beeler / Asphalt & Rubber – Creative Commons – Attribution 3.0

Source: Ducati

  • Coreyvwc

    Any word on what bike they will be using this year? The game is completely changed now that the mountain is completely paved. I’m pretty sure the multistrada they ran last year would get murdered this time around…

  • They’ll be on the Multistrada 1200 again.

  • Coreyvwc

    So who do you think is going to be the first team/rider to show up with an AMA spec superbike? ;)

  • GeddyT

    Yeah, really. Pavement to the top, and they’re going to roll a Multi? Good luck with that…

  • Damo


    Yeah I will be pumped if someone shows up with a an R1 or an 1198 and just storms the course.

  • Smitch

    I wonder if the riding position on the Stroodle makes it preferable on that long uphill climb to superbike ergos? Or is it just a been there done that, keep doing it, kind of thing?

  • 1198freak

    The Multitrada is a great bike for Pikes Peak, even when it goes to a fully paved course. The tight switchbacks and U turns sections, all very slow, just dont work well with sportbike riding positions. The upright, get your foot out, dirtbike riding style works better. But I would rather see Ducati use a Hypermotard, as they used to for this event.