Motorcyclist - - Framed - PHO­TOG­RA­PHY BY LARRY CHEN

KTM’S Chris Fill­more set out in his first at­tempt at the Pikes Peak In­ter­na­tional Hill Climb to break the two-wheel course record es­tab­lished in 2012. That’s when the 12.42-mile Colorado road was fi­nally paved in its en­tirety. “Four cor­ners from the sum­mit,” re­called the 1290 Su­per Duke R rider, “I came into this left kink they call ‘Carl’s Cor­ner.’ I didn’t see the en­trance and ran wide. I sat up, braked, put my leg out—full panic mode.” Luck­ily, Fill­more found a patch of new pave­ment with grip and kept his record run—first in class, fifth over­all—in­tact. “That one will haunt me for a while,” he said. King of the moun­tain, in­deed.

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