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Chris Fillmore’s Incredible Pikes Peak Run On His KTM Super Duke 1290 R!

Fillmore put’s the KTM Super Duke 1290 R through its paces at Pikes Peak!

Updated August 23, 2018

Watch Chis Fillmore’s incredible run at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb from last weekend on board his 2017 KTM Super Duke 1290 R. Fillmore came in first place in the heavyweight motorcycle class, and fifth overall in the world famous race. While he was at it, he managed to ride his KTM 1290 R into the record books by posting an outright lap record of 9:49:265.

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The race is run over a grueling 20km mountain course that boasts 156 corners and reaches an elevation of 14,000 ft, through the heart of Colorado’s Rocky Mountains. It’s one of the most famous racing events in the world, it showcases some top talent, and sadly, it has been known to claim lives. The latter being one of the main reasons that you should tip your hat to anyone brave enough to take on the challenge. Chris Fillmore, managed to break a record in his rookie year, which makes his feat even more impressive.

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If winning the heavyweight event wasn’t enough, you’ll be impressed to learn that Chris Fillmore – though and experienced AMA Superbike racer – was only a rookie at the world famous event. Despite winning, Fillmore was very modest and humble about his victory. Here’s what he had to say:

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“I set myself the goal of breaking the record as a rookie, but as the practice weeks started I realized how limited time you get on each of the three sections,” Fillmore said. “Then on race day, it’s the first time you actually see the whole mountain. There’s no warm-up, no sighting lap, just line up and go, and give it everything you’ve got. I wasn’t sure that it was going to be possible to break the record on this 14,000ft mountain. A lot of things were unpredictable, like the conditions and the elements.”

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That’s the racer, but what about the bike? Fillmore managed to achieve this amazing feat on a 2017 KTM 1290 Super Duke R, which is even badder than last year’s edition. It now boasts 177 hp due to its updated titanium inlet valves and a revised combustion chamber. If that wasn’t enough KTM also overhauled the suspension which now provide a sportier setup thanks to stiffer springs and new damping circuits. Of course, the for the Pikes Peak Two Wheel and Heavyweight Division, the Duke was also treated to the very best items from KTM Power Parts, which includes in its Track Pack: launch control, MTC spin adjuster, new and more aggressive engine maps, and the ability to switch off certain features like the anti-wheelie system.

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