First Place at Pikes Peak For Davey Durelle And The Aprilia SXV550 For The Second Year In A Row

What has become the pair to beat, Davey Durelle aboard the powerful Aprilia SXV550 won his 13th personal Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. Durelle won by less than a second over KTM rider Gary Trachy by completing the course in an astounding 11:48.649 minutes.

Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, touted to be the second oldest motor sports race in America, held the first event in 1916 and this year’s running makes the 87th time competitors challenged America’s Mountain. The course climbs12.42 miles, has 156 turns and starts at 9390 ft. climbing to over 14,000ft. Power at the higher elevations is reduced by 30% and many of the turns are literally carved into the sides of cliffs with no safety rails. Riders must be extremely skillful and in incredible shape just to complete the course let alone be competitive

Davey grabbed the hole shot and lead for the first two miles before second place finisher, Gary Trachy, made a pass for the lead. Trachy stretched his lead to 5 seconds before Durelle used the power of the SXV to close the gap in the wide open dirt section and re-passed him for the lead less then a mile from the summit. Durelle and Trachy battled side by side to the top finishing a mere .094 seconds apart…one of the closest finishes in the history of the International Pikes Peak Hill Climb.

“I had pole for race day and was able to get the hole shot,” explained Durelle. “I lead for the first two miles of the race until Gary passed me. He put a little distance on me on the lower asphalt section. We were side by side and I just beat him to the inside of the last left hand sweeper. I held him off to the finish line.”

In addition to winning the 750cc class, Durelle’s time would make him and the Aprilia the fastest motorcycle on the mountain for the second year running.

Several Aprilia SXV’s had success at this year’s Pikes Peak event. Italian rider and Pikes Peak Rookie (Giuliano Covezzi) finished fourth in the 750 class and was subsequently awarded “Rookie of the Year” by the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb staff. Landers Sevier finished 6th in the Supermoto Class on an Aprilia SXV450, and in the 750cc motorcycle class ,John Pierce finished 8th and Ryan Sweeney finished 13th aboard Aprilia SXV 550’s.

Part this year’s success goes to former AMA Aprilia Supermoto Team technician, Amauri Nunez, who was on hand at Pikes Peak to assist all Aprilia riders. “Amauri was a great help not only to me but to the other Aprilia mounted riders,” said Durelle. “It was great to see all the Aprilia’s entered in this year’s race.”

Davey Durelle is sponsored by Aprilia USA, Erico Motorsports, Dunlop Tire, Arai, Spider Grips, Scotts Perf, & Victory Circle Graphixs.

Photography courtesy of: Pikes Peak International Hill Climb/Michael Hill Photography.





Davey:

Going into this years race I new it would be a tough race to win. Two other competitors Jeff Grace and Gary Trachy had proved to be up to speed during our test sessions. During my qualifying run, Jeff Grace and I raced up and I was able to put about 4 seconds on him by the end. My run felt good and turn out to be the fastest time of the day only a few tenths quicker then Gary Trachy’s time.

I had pole for race day and was able to get the holeshot. I lead for the first two miles of the race until Gary passed me. He put a little distance on me on the lower asphalt section. I was able to make up some of the time once we got back to the dirt. Jeff Grace was matching my pace as we entered into the W’s. Jeff was able to make a pass on me and have a second lead while Gary was about 5 seconds ahead once we got to Devils Playground where the road goes back to dirt. A few turns in I was able to pass Jeff back and start to cut down Gary’s lead. I passed Gary on the straight-a-way leading to cog cut. He raced me into the switch back and drove it up the inside. I got a better drive off the turn and lead him into the next switch back where I blocked the inside line so he tried to pass on the outside. We were side by side and I just beat him to the inside of the last left hand sweeper. I held him off to the finish line with a mere .094 of a second between us.

It was by far the closed finish I have ever had at Pikes Peak and probably the closest in history. This marks my 13th victory at the Peak and Aprilia’s second year in a row at being the fasted motorcycle up Pikes Peak.

A great big thanks goes out to my sponsors: Aprilia USA, Erico Motorsports, Dunlop Tires, Arai Helmets, Spider Grips, Scotts Perf, Victory Circle Graphixs, Saddleman, & E-Billet.

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