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Watch: KTM & AMA champ break Pikes Peak record

Published: 30 June 2017

KTM have released a video of AMA superbike rider, Chris Fillmore tackling the Pikes Peak International Hill climb last weekend in Colorado. 

Riding a 2017 KTM Super Duke 1290 R, the American would go on to finish in first position in the heavyweight motorcycle class and fifth overall – breaking a world record in the process too with a new outright lap record of 9:49:265. All in his rookie year at the climb.

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The 20km race, which features 156 corners, takes place on the highest summit (14,000 feet) of the southern front range in the Rocky Mountains. It’s got a fearsome reputation and draws global attention as competitors race up the dangerous road which has sadly claimed many victims.

Guy Martin also famously tackled the climb in 2014 aboard a 320hp, turbocharged Martec-framed GSX-R1100 that he built himself, winning in his class and finishin 21st overall, despite having the bike having problems throughout the event.

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