Carlin Dunne of the Spider Grips Ducati team will be in superpole position for Sunday’s “Race to the Clouds” after clocking the best time during his qualifying run in the lower section (4:09.550). Dunne is the first to ride the Ducati Streetfighter V4 prototype, which will compete in the Exhibition Powersport Division. Teammate Codie Vahsholtz, who qualified in third place overall, will ride the Multistrada 1260 Pikes Peak in the Heavyweight Division (4:15.775).
Fans throughout the world will have the chance to experience the race through the Official Pikes Peak International Hill Climb (PPIHC) App, where fans can listen to live flag-to-flag coverage on KRDO 1240AM radio and follow live timing. The app is available for download here: https://live.sporthive.com/event/5970/App
This 97th running of “The Race To The Clouds” marks the world premiere of Ducati’s new Streetfighter V4 in prototype form. The Streetfighter V4 derives directly from the sporty Panigale V4, stripped of its fairings, and fitted with high and wide handlebars. The motorcycle also includes a high-performance 1100cc Desmosedici Stradale engine, kept in hand by aerodynamic profiles specifically designed for this model. The production version of the Streetfighter V4 is scheduled to be available in Ducati dealerships starting in Spring 2020.
In addition, Ducati celebrates the kick-off of their “All Roads Lead To Pikes Peak” customer rally this weekend, by providing Ducatisti an exclusive experience and unprecedented access to the race, the team, and the mountain, with the team in and around vibrant Colorado Springs.
Ducati’s heritage at the PPIHC is well-known throughout the world, with Ducati being crowned a winner of the race in 2018, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009 and 2008, eight instances in total, including last year. The Spider Grips Ducati team is currently managed by Becca Livingston and Michael Larkin, whose dedication to Ducati since 2008 consistently ensures a strong presence on America’s Mountain. This year Ducati has partnered with long-time supporter Pirelli as well as additional sponsors Spider Grips, Brembo, Ducati Performance, Galfer, Race Tech, Boost Oxygen, Supersprox, Ducati Austin and Ducati Santa Barbara.