United States Rider Robie Peterson was the only competitor to reach the 900 foot summit in Arette, France
Robie Peterson holds his King of the Hill Trophy at the Hillclimb World Trophy Event in France
A different rear on Robie Peterson's Malcolm Smith Motorsports KTM 950 gave him additional traction and K&N air filters gave Peterson more air to help him make it to the top of the mountain
Peterson won in the Inaugural Stock Class at the Hillclimb event in 2006. Hillclimbing is a branch of motorsport where riders take off road motorcycles straight up extremely steep hills. The winner is the one who can climb the highest. If more than one person makes it to the top, the one who gets there first wins.
“Getting to the top was very difficult,” said Peterson. “I tried four attempts on the mountain. I wanted to go fast through the smooth section at the bottom and be patient for the rough technical portion at the top. I gambled on a different rear wheel set up for the final round and that seemed to make the difference in traction to get me to the summit.”
Peterson drove his Malcolm Smith Motorsports KTM 950 with K&N XStream top universal air filter, part number RX-4020-1 and K&N oil filter, part number KN-158. “The steepness of the mountain also required a lot of horsepower to make it to the top and my K&N filters gave my bike plenty of air to reach the summit,” said Peterson.
Peterson is back in the United States and just wrapped up the North American Hillclimbers Association 2009 racing season in New Plymouth, Idaho. He finished 2nd in the 450 class, 3rd in the 700 class and 10th in the Open for the years overall point standings.
“It’s not bad,” he said. “But it’s also not where I really want to be. My KTM’s worked good all year but I have to do my homework this winter to get the edge on the competition. I plan to come out swinging for the season opener in Tracy, California.”
Peterson’s next event will be A Day in the Dirt on Thanksgiving weekend.
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