Pikes Peak: Beware of Falling Hondas + VideoThu, 26 Jun 2014 00:00:00 -0700
With 12.22 miles of road winding its way to the 14,115-ft. summit, Pikes Peak International Hill Climb can be a daunting and dangerous challenge. Just ask our own Troy Siahaan who competed in last year’s “Race to the Clouds“ and broke his foot after crashing and falling off a 15-foot drop.
But it’s not just those who crash that have to be careful, as racer Jeff Grace discovered while riding back down to the base after a practice run. As he approached a bend, a Honda CRF450 suddenly fell into his path from a higher part of the track, after its rider, Tom Specht, had crashed.
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If you look closely, you can see the Specht’s #311 CRF450 tumbling down the hill at about the five-second mark. Grace slowed his Triumph Daytona when he realized the Honda was falling right in front of him, not enough to avoid it, but he was able to quickly get back to his feet after laying it down.
[Source: Jeff Grace Racing (YouTube)]
By Dennis Chung
See also: Introducing the Ariel Ace: the Modular Honda VFR1200-Engined Motorcycle, 2014 WSBK – Misano Results, 2014 AMA Superbike – Barber Results.