Pikes Peak International Hill Climb (PPIHC) is slated to make it’s return this year on June 28.
While the course was semi-paved before 2011, it made bikes like the Ducati Multistrada gain supremacy with their ability to handing the dual terrain. But since the track has been made fully tarmac, the equation for competing and winning has completely changed. Since then, supersport machines have started taking charge, changing the scene completely.But still the sportbikes have to catch up. The Kawasaki ZX-10R posted a time of 9:58:687 which was the closest any bikes has got to the overall record time set by the Ducati Multistrada at 9:52:819. But this year, things could change drastically.
Heading to complete this year at the PPIHC event are two new and very potent machines for 2015. The supercharged Kawasaki Ninja H2 which needs no introduction would competing against the new Italian machine on steroids, the 1299 Panigale S. Both these machines are that flagship road going supersport machines for their respective manufactures and both produce nearly the same 200 bhp of power.
The Kawasaki Ninja H2 due to it’s supercharger might just have the additional advantage over the Ducati as it would be able to accelerate out of corners much faster. On the other hand, the new 1299 Panigale S with its updated steering geometry and juicy mid-range torque could prove to be a nimbler machine around corners. It’s still quite close, exiting and highly awaited.