COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Ducati has set its sights on taking back the course motorcycle record at the 96th running of the Broadmoor Pikes Peak Int’l Hill Climb.
Ducati motorcycle team record holder Carlin Dunne and current middleweight record holder Codie Vahsholtz will make up the 2018 Spider Grips Ducati Pikes Peak team for the Race to the Clouds on June 24. This year’s race will also include the introduction of the new Multistrada 1260 Pikes Peak.
The Pikes Peak Heavyweight Division will be a must-watch event for race fans and Ducatisti around the world. Ducati has garnered six victories on America’s Mountain since the company’s debut in 2008 and held the all-time course record from 2012 until 2017, a year in which Ducati was not part of the official race competition.
Dunne was the first motorcyclist to conquer the backbreaking Pikes Peak race course in less than ten minutes (9:52.819), achieved on the game-changing Multistrada 1200 S in 2012, and this year marks his return to Ducati’s racing team. In 2017, he led the Pikes Peak Squadra Alpina as part of the Race Smart program, which was created in 2016 by Ducati in partnership with the PPIHC. The program utilizes the experience of former champions to ensure all rookie motorcycle entrants have the highest level of preparation and knowledge prior to tackling the serpentine course to the summit of the Peak at 14,115 feet.
“After holding the course record for many years, we had decided to use our experience on the mountain to help support the safety of riders with the introduction of the Squadra Alpina program and keep the tradition of motorcycle racing on the mountain. Our efforts proved to be successful,” said Jason Chinnock, CEO of Ducati North America. “After 2017, when Dunne’s record was finally broken by a small margin, it inspired us to race again with the goal of reclaiming the title. The riders, team and new Multistrada 1260 Pikes Peak are destined to be a force on the mountain.”
New to the team but not to the race is rider Vahsholtz, a Woodland Park, Colo., native who comes from a family of Pikes Peak champions. He has recorded series victories of his own with the record time in 2017 for the Middleweight Division, the record time in 2015 for the Lightweight Division and in 2013 for the 250 Pro Class.
With the 19 victories of his grandfather, Leonard Vahsholtz, coupled with the 23 wins by his father, Clint Vahsholtz, he carries on the family legacy that has produced the most Pikes Peak victories by any family.