2008 Ducati Hypermotard Wins its Class at Pikes Peak International Hill Climb

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The gates at the 2008 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb opened at 3:00 am on race day. Falkner Livingston Racing Team members were awake by 2:00 am for the 86th run of the event. The event took place along the 12.42 mile, 156 turn course which ended at the mountain’s 14,110 foot summit. There are no guardrails in this annual event, but there are 200 foot drops along the part dirt, part pavement course.

Greg Trachy won the 1200cc class at Pike's Peak even though he was driving an 1100cc Ducati Hypermotard
Greg Trachy won the 1200cc class at Pike's Peak even though he was driving an 1100cc Ducati Hypermotard
Falkner Livingston ran Ducati’s new 2008 Hypermotard V-twin 1100cc motorcycle, which is billed as the perfect supermoto. “We found our assigned spot near the road,” said Falkner Livingston Racing Assistant Team Manager Becca Livingston. “It was level and big enough for us. We set up the pits and put the Hypermotards right out front for everyone to see and appreciate.”

2008 Ducati Hypermotard 1100cc V-Twin gets best spot in 1200cc class line up at Pike's Peak International Hill Climb
2008 Ducati Hypermotard 1100cc V-Twin gets best spot in 1200cc class line up at Pike's Peak International Hill Climb
The FL Team had two race Hypermotards and a couple of demo Hypers. “We wanted everyone to see that we were racing basically stock motorcycles,” said Livingston. “We equipped all the Ducati’s with K&N Engineering air filters (AL-4506). Race day was hot and dry, and we needed all the air we could get to the motors. We didn’t want any of the dust in our engines and K&N keeps the dirt out and fits the bill for our racing requirements.”

The cars took off the line first, class by class. The motorcycles were next and the last in the line were the big trucks. “Shortly after the first car started, we heard sirens,” said Livingston. “We knew there was an incident.” There were a large number of red flags throughout the day and very few new records. The weather put the course in difficult shape. Gravel sections were loose this year, instead of the clean packed course in years past. Over the next several hours race vehicles went off the course. “There were at least two very bad crashes and three drivers were airlifted to emergency care,” she said. “Each time we worried a little more about our riders Greg Trachy and Alexander Smith racing on the course.”

After many more delays, it was time for Trachy and Smith to take off around the first bend in a roar of motors and exhaust. As the motorcycles continued through to the starting line there were more delays and more riders off the road. “The ambulance went up and returned with riders,” said Livingston. “Luckily, none were badly injured. By the end of the event, 22 riders were not able to finish due to incidents.”

The 1200cc class with the Ducati Hypermotards was the last motorcycle class to take off. Trachy was the fastest qualifier in the 1200cc class even though the Ducati's were underpowered as 1100cc bikes. He had his pick of position at the start. Trachy chose the middle position. Joe Kopp took the spot to his right and Brian Anderson took the spot to his left. The other FL rider, Alexander Smith took outside of the pack.

“As the flagger moved into position and we braced for the start, we heard the safety truck siren,” said Livingston. “Temperatures were in the 90s and the riders moved to the shade and took off their helmets. After the ambulance came down and another long delay, the racers moved back to the start.”

A few miles into the race Trachy made a successful pass on the KTM driver. He was able to distance himself from the group. “Eventually, he looked back and couldn’t see the other riders behind him,” said Livingston. “He played it smart and didn’t go for a record breaker. He went for the class win and brought it home.” Smith took fourth place. “That was great because Alexander only had two weeks of riding in this class and only five practice days. He held his own with racers who have won this event several times over. Both riders did a great job and K&N Filters were an essential part of our win.”

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