2017 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb Tire Test Report
Team Cycle News KTM North America Finish P1 at the 2017 Tire Test
The Pikes Peak International Hill Climb has started for 2017 and we are once again tackling the challenge with our Road Test Editor, Rennie Scaysbrook at the controls of a 2017 KTM 1290 Super Duke R.
June 10-11 saw the team compete in the official Pikes Peak tire test, and it was smiles all around for Cycle News/Team KTM North America as Scaysbrook topped the time sheets on the second day with a 4:19.367s time across the bottom half of the circuit.
Second fastest went to Scaysbrook’s KTM North America teammate, rookie Chris Fillmore with a 4:20.068s in what was an extremely impressive performance for the highly-respected rookie, who was bed-ridden for the entire weekend with a nasty virus he picked up earlier in the week.
Third went to 2016 Pikes Peak King of the Mountain, Frenchman Bruno Langlois on 4:20.550. Langlois, however, appears to be in the best shape of the top three on his brand new Kawasaki Z900 when he topped day one across the second half of the 12.42 mile course, when he put in a scorching time of 5:56.30 to head second placed Scaysbrook by a massive seven seconds. Scaysbrook’s time was a 6:03.43, with Fillmore finishing day one in third on a 6:05.17.
Check out the videos here from Rennie to see how the preparation is going for this year’s epic! Official practice for the 2017 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb starts on Tuesday, June 20, with race day scheduled for Sunday, June 25. Stay tuned to Cycle News.com and our Facebook, Instagram and Twitter accounts for updates over the race week.
Photography by Jon Wallace