Kawasaki Usurps Ducati’s Throne

Jul 02, 2014 View Comments by

Kawasaki Usurps Ducati's ThroneDucati rules no more. Last weekend Jeremy Toye piloted a 2015 Kawasaki ZX-10R to take first place in the Open Class motorcycle category at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. The win for Kawasaki ends a four-year run of Ducati victories, though the overall Pikes Peak motorcycle record still belongs to Carlin Dunne who set the time at 9:52.819 on a Ducati Multistrada in 2012. The course, which is now entirely paved, includes 156 turns while gaining 5,000 feet of elevation to the mountains 14,110-foot peak. On the ZX-10R Toye set a time of 9:58.687 making him only the third racer in history to come in under ten minutes on a motorcycle. Second place went to Fabrice Lambert on a Ducati. Toye’s performance earned him Rookie of the Year honors since this was his first time running the PPIHC.

Sadly, however, the race took a tragic turn when second year racer Bobby Goodin lost control shortly after crossing the finish line. Goodwin was air lifted to nearby Penrose Hospital in Colorado Springs where he died from his injuries.

 

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