Photo fin­ish at Pikes Peak

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Cal­i­for­nian Car­lin Dunne won the 2018 Mo­tor­cy­cle Sec­tion of the Pike’s Peak In­ter­na­tional Hill Climb on June 24 by just 0.692 sec­onds – the clos­est mar­gin in the event’s 102 year his­tory, and his fourth vic­tory. Through­out the lead-up week, where cars and mo­tor­cy­cles prac­ticed over the three sec­tions of the 20km climb, Dunne (Du­cati Mul­tistrada) and Aussie Ren­nie Scaysbrook (KTM 1290R) swapped po­si­tions at the top of the leader board, with Ren­nie tak­ing pole po­si­tion for the sec­ond time in his three starts. On Sunday, race day, the qual­i­fiers start in re­v­erse or­der, with the pole man start­ing last, and this had a pro­found ef­fect on the re­sults. With about two thirds of the field dis­patched at one-minute in­ter­vals, an ac­ci­dent caused a 20 minute stop­page, leav­ing the fast men to cool their heels at the start­ing area, while the weather be­gan to close in over the top sec­tion. By the time 2017 win­ner and out­right record holder Chris Fill­more (KTM 790 Duke), Dunne and Scaysbrook got away, heavy mist shrouded the last third of the course, leav­ing the track sur­face ex­tremely treach­er­ous. Both Dunne and Scaysbrook said they sur­vived nu­mer­ous front-end slides through the hair­pins, but the result was a nail-biter to the very end, with Dunne stop­ping the clock at 9 min­utes 59.102 sec­onds – 10 sec­onds off Fill­more’s record time from last year. “To come that close to the win and not get it is a hard pill to swal­low, but I can hold my head high as I rode as hard as I pos­si­bly could,” Ren­nie said. Fill­more’s third place fin­ish out­right, and first in the Mid­dleweight Divi­sion, on the lit­tle KTM was an­other su­perb per­for­mance, as the en­gine of the bike was un­touched from stan­dard.

LEFT Podium for the 2018 Pikes Peak Hill Climb from left: Ren­nie Scaysbrook (2nd), win­ner Car­lin Dunne, and Chris Fill­more. BELOW The Race to the Clouds: Ren­nie Scaysbrook guns his KTM onto the top sec­tion, with Colorado Springs many thou­sands of...

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