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Jeremy Toye Wins Pikes Peak Hill Climb on BST Carbon Fiber Wheels
Tuesday, July 01, 2014

 

The 92nd running of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb took place this past weekend. As the second-oldest motorsports event in all of North America (behind the famed Indy 500) the history list is quite extensive. The uphill course consists of 156 turns and a total ascent of 5,000ft to the top of the mountain’s 14,110ft peak. Ascending the mountain under race conditions is more than a daunting task for even the most seasoned veterans.

Jeremy Toye
Photo by Cody Steggell

So it came as quite the surprise to most to see rookie Jeremy Toye come out on top and win the Motorcycle open class in just his first attempt at Pikes Peak. Using the word “rookie” in the same sentence as Jeremy Toye certainly isn’t commonplace as Toye has a storied history of road racing success over his career. Toye bested the two-wheel field with a finishing time of 9:58.687 becoming just the third motorcycle racer to finish the course in less than ten minutes. Narrowly missing the outright motorcycle record by less than six seconds, Toye’s performance not only placed him at the top of the field, but also won him the prestigious Rookie Of The Year and King Of The Mountain awards.


When asked about competing at Pikes Peak for the first time and what kind of expectations he had, Jeremy had this to say; “I’d be lying if I told you we didn’t have intentions of competing with the best when we first put this all star team together. Once we had our first practice session under our belts I knew we could definitely hang with the top of the field. I had a great group of supporting sponsors and an absolute killer bike.” Toye went on to say, “I actually didn’t think I had a good run on Sunday and was pretty upset at first. That is until the timers found me after the run to congratulate me and hand me an official PPIHC flag.”


While everything leading up to the big race weekend went smoothly, Friday of the race was a somewhat different story. During his qualifying run Toye was working his way through the fastest part of the course known as “Picnic Grounds” and had an unfortunate turn of events which resulted in a crash, ending his day and qualifying pass.


Jeremy Toye
Photo courtesy of Kawasaki Motors Corp.

 

Toye was able to brush himself off with only minor scrapes and bruises as he and his team worked hard to get the bike prepared for the big event on Sunday. The mighty Kawasaki ZX-10R was back up and ready to run the tables on Sunday, clad with a fresh set of Pirelli’s on the Brock’s Performance supplied BST Carbon Fiber wheels.


There were many skeptics along the way that said Jeremy and his team couldn’t accomplish their goals with a “small” 1000cc bike, let alone a supersport platform. Focusing on weight savings it was imperative for Toye to traverse the course on BST carbon fiber wheels, so he gave Brock’s Performance a call.

 


“I’ve known Jeremy for quite some time and I can’t really say I was surprised to get a phone call from him a few months back about his plans to run Pikes Peak. There are very few people who can go to an event for the first time and win, let alone rival a course record. But, Jeremy is no stranger to racing the toughest courses in the world with an astounding record at places like the Isle of Man TT and Grand Prix Macau. It was a no-brainer to work with Jeremy and Kawasaki on their quest and we are beyond excited to have Jeremy and his team win the 2014 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb on BST Carbon Fiber wheels,” said Brock Davidson.

 

Jeremy Toye and BST Carbon Fiber Wheels
Photo courtesy of Kawasaki Motors Corp.

 

 

About Pikes Peak

 

The Pikes Peak International Hill Climb is the second oldest motor sports race in America and a long-standing tradition in Colorado Springs and the Pikes Peak Region. First competed in 1916 and this year marks the 91st running of the “Race to the Clouds.”


The race is run on a 12.42 mile course with 156 turns that begins at 9,390 feet and finishes at the 14,115 foot summit of America’s Mountain; Pikes Peak! As the drivers climb toward the summit, the thin air slows reflexes and saps muscle strength. The thin air also robs engines of 30% of their power at the summit. Competitors and vehicles must be in top shape simply to finish…let alone win!


There is no other race course in the world like the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. That is why it attracts race crews that are willing to spend several hundred thousand dollars and months of preparation to compete for the right to be the King of the Mountain.

 

92nd Pikes Peak International Hill Climb Top 10 Motorcycle Finishers

Class Name Lap Time Chassis Hometown
Pikes Peak Open Jeremy Toye 9:58.687 2013 Kawasaki San Diego, CA
Pikes Peak Open Lambert Fabrice 10:04.401 2009 Ducati Le Tampon, RE
Pikes Peak Open Don Canet 10:10.101 2014 Ducati Trabuco Canyon, CA
Pikes Peak Open Mickey Dymond 10:11.319 2014 Ducati Santa Rosa, CA
Pikes Peak Open Bruno Langlois 10:14.480 2013 Ducati Ajaccio, FRA
Pikes Peak Open Daniel Fernandez 10:37.043 2014 Kawasaki Medellin, COL
Pikes Peak Open Tomasz Gombos 10:37.167 2007 Yamaha Szczecin, POL
Pikes Peak Open Olivier Ulmann 10:37.181 2009 Ducati Norolles, FRA
Pikes Peak Middleweight Eric Piscione 10:46.159 2013 Ducati Le Tampon, RE
Pikes Peak Middleweight Jeff Grace 10:55.668 2014 Triumph Colorado Springs, CO


For more information about Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, visit www.ppihc.com


Photo courtesy of Kawasaki Motors Corp.


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