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Guy Martin Memenangkan Perlombaan Pikes Peak



Kenal Guy Martin? Seorang mekanik truk yang memiliki hobby balapan road race. Kalo belum, monggo nonton film dokumenter ‘Closer To The Edge’ 🙂

Juragan ga bahas Guy dan balapan TT yang melegenda, karena baru saja Guy mengikuti balapan gila lainnya, Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. Untuk info mengenai perlombaan, monggo klik link dibawah ini :
Pikes Peak International Hill Climb
– Part 1
– Part 2
– Part 3
– Part 4

Bermodalkan motor yang dibangun dengan tangannya sendiri, bermesin turbocharged Suzuki GSX-R1100 dikombinasi dengan frame Martek, Guy Martin berhasil menjuarai perlombaan, padahal Guy baru pertama kali turun di ajang ini


Martin berhasil mencatatkan waktu terbaik 11 menit 32,6 detik, menempuh jarak 20 km. Berhasil mengalahkan pembalap Kawasaki, Yasuo Arai dengan jarak 1 detik. Waktu yang diraih Guy lebih lambat 1 menit lebih dengan peraih rekor waktu tercepat 9 menit 58,7 detik yang diraih oleh pembalap Jeremy Toye dengan Kawasaki ZX-10R

Waktu tercepat guy tercatat sebagai pembalap ke-24 tercepat selama 92 tahun penyelenggaran Pikes Peak. Guy selama perlombaan tidak dapat hasil maksimal karena mengalami masalah mesin.


Berikut wawancara guy dengan Ride Apart :

Why race Pikes Peak Hill Climb?
Well there is nothing else really like it, is there? It’s
just fantastic! I mean, we’ve done most everything on
our side (Europe) and so it’s just more of the same
there. Coming here is something new to us.

Why a prototype Martek here? Why not ride a proven
winning bike – a Ducati Multistrada, etc?
There’s no real challenge in that. That’s not who we
To quote Guy’s early comments on the Martek
from :
“What do you reckon to this Martek turbo I got hold
of the other week? If you want scaring this is the
tool. It’s based on a 91 GSX-R1100, fitted with fuel
injection, Martek frame and swing arm, suspension
and brakes money can’t buy, and a turbo. It makes
320bhp and does wheelies off the throttle in top gear.
She is proper, just on with getting her painted so I’ll
get some better pics up when she’s 100% finished.
Oh, and my mate Yim has got me a nitrous system
to put on her, so my goal now is 500bhp”


How does it compare to Isle of Man?
They are both very unforgiving courses. There’s really
not that much room for mistakes. With altitude,
temperature changes, atmospheric pressure all
changing daily while ascending up the course it’s
tricky to find the balance.
What was the biggest surprise or challenge coming
here to PPIHC?
The people here are just fantastic, everyone’s been so
supportive, so friendly. It’s like a big family.

The first day of practice at the top section you had
some problems, loaded up the bike early and then
came back out to make a few runs. We saw you
siphoning out the gas with your mouth? What
happened with the bike?
It was running very rough and we looked at the data
and talked to some people and found the petrol to be
too high grade. We replaced it with pump grade petrol
and now she’s much better. With the lower
compression (7.5:1) of the bike and the altitude you
need lower octane and oxygenated fuel. She seemed
to be on pretty good now. The next session we had a
fractured fuse -not blown-, fractured, from the sheer
vibration of the power.


Is the bike pretty well sorted and a good design for
this course?
We think so, we hope so. We’re done, it’s not perfect,
but as of today, (practice day, Friday June 28) it’s
the best we can do so we’ll just leave her as she sits
and give it our best.

Have you spent any time with any of the veteran
riders or drivers, i.e. Greg Tracy, Bruno, to get a feel
for the road, logistics, etc .?
The week before we went down to Albuquerque, New
Mexico, we got invited by the Unsers’ to come down
for visit. Santa Fe, Taos, It was just fantastic. We just
relaxed. They showed us all the trophies, cars, like a
museum. You just can’t pay for that.


Any future plans or speed endeavors you can share
with us?
I’m riding my push bike up the mountain tomorrow.
(Anyone who has even tried to walk around Devil’s
playground would recognize Guy as a true elite
athlete. He did in fact ride his bicycle all the way up
to Devils Playground @12,780’ on Saturday on the
rider’s day off with less than a week to acclimate to
the altitude. He sported a cycling jersey with the
Colorado flag on it, a gift from my wife who works for
a pro-cycling apparel company)

What’s next for you after Pikes Peak? Any future
plans for the Martek? Bonneville Salt Flats Land
Speed Record? Daytona 200?
Naw mate, this was a one-off effort. [For PPIHC]
we’re done after this. From here It’s going back home
to be parked as a museum piece. It’s now time to
move on to the next thing.


Sumber : visordown & ride apart

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