Ren­nie and Aprilia top Pikes Peak

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The 97th run­ning of the Pikes Peak Hill Climb in Colorado pro­duced the first-ever Aus­tralian win­ner – none other than Ren­nie Scaysbrook, our California- based son and mo­tor­cy­cle jour­nal­ist. Ren­nie was mak­ing his fourth at­tempt at the daunt­ing 20km climb which rises from 2,862 me­tres at the start line to 4,302 me­tres at the sum­mit and con­tains 156 cor­ners. Af­ter three years on KTM ma­chin­ery, two pole po­si­tions and a trio of top-three plac­ings, Ren­nie switched to an Aprilia Tuono V4 1100 for the 2019 event, run­ning in the Heavy­weight Mo­tor­cy­cle Di­vi­sion. Af­ter qual­i­fy­ing sec­ond to four-time win­ner Car­lin Dunne, Ren­nie rode what he de­scribed as a ‘con­trolled’ race that saw him blitz the of­fi­cial mo­tor­cy­cle record set by his for­mer KTM team mate Chris Fill­more in 2017. Ren­nie’s time of 9 min­utes 44.986 sec­onds eclipsed Fill­more’s 9.49.712 by nearly five sec­onds and gave him the out­right vic­tory as well as the Heavy­weight class win. Ren­nie headed Ger­man rapid lady racer Lucy Glock­ner (BMW S1000R) and Amer­i­can Codie Vahsholtz (Du­cati MTS-1260) in the over­all mo­tor­cy­cle re­sults. Trag­i­cally, Car­lin Dunne re­ceived fa­tal in­juries when he crashed his pro­to­type Du­cati Pana­gale Street Fighter within sight of the fin­ish line af­ter set­ting a record-break­ing pace in the ear­lier sec­tions of the climb. The win­ning Aprilia The Aprilia Tuono was supplied by the US dis­trib­u­tors and ex­pertly pre­pared by for­mer Pikes Peak win­ner and Isle of Man racer Jeremy Toye from San Diego. The vastly ex­pe­ri­enced Toye also pro­vided a vital men­tor­ing role for Ren­nie in the long and stress­ful lead up to the event. “This was the first time I have ever had a real team be­hind me,” said Ren­nie in a tele­vi­sion in­ter­view af­ter the event. “I mean no dis­re­spect to KTM by say­ing that, but in the past three years it was just a bike, me and one or two helpers. This year I had an ex­pe­ri­enced crew chief in Jeremy Toye, who has won here (Pikes Peak) and raced at the Isle of Man and Macau. There was also a tyre guy, a sus­pen­sion guy, and early in race week, Aprilia flew out Ni­cola Mar­cato from Italy to re-map the elec­tronic side, which made a big im­prove­ment, es­pe­cially with the fuel we were re­quired to use – VP Rac­ing Fuel U 4.4 mixed down to 2.5 per cent oxy­gen with pump gas as per the rules; stan­dard U4.4 is about eight per cent oxy­gen. It meant that all I re­ally had to do was concentrat­e on my own rid­ing.” “The Aprilia’s en­gine was stan­dard aside from the Mag­neti Marelli Race ECU, as was the frame and swing arm. We had an Oh­lins TTx36 race shock and .90 spring, Aprilia RSV4 RF forged alu­minum wheels and RSV4 1100 Fac­tory forks, Brembo T-Drive ro­tors, a Brembo thumb rear brake, Brembo RCS 18mm front mas­ter cylin­der, At­tack Per­for­mance rear sets, Akrapovic full ti­ta­nium ex­haust and car­bon race muf­fler. We also had Vor­tex sprock­ets with D.I.D 520-pitch chain, Dyno­jet Power Com­man­der 5 and map with an Aprilia Rac­ing air fil­ter, and we ran Pirelli Su­per­bike SC0 su­per soft com­pound tires front and rear.”

“Typ­i­cally, it took all the time we had to get ev­ery­thing just right, but by race day it was per­fect, thanks to every­one in­volved, and es­pe­cially Aprilia for get­ting be­hind the ef­fort 100 per cent.”

LEFT Ren­nie (left) with crew chief Jeremy Toye.

The win­ning Aprilia Tuono 1100.

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