In his rookie year, American superbike racer Chris Fillmore (30), riding for KTM/HMC Racing, set a new motorcycle record for the Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb in Colorado, US, giving KTM its inaugural win for this race. His winning time in the Heavyweight class was 9 minutes 49.625 seconds, on a 2017 KTM Super Duke R.

As a race of truth against the clock, Pikes Peak is possibly the US motorcycling equivalent to the Isle of Man. The legendary race, which takes place each year in Colorado Springs, sees riders racing up to the finish line at 4,267 metres above sea level.

During the 10-minute video, you can watch Fillmore tackling the switchbacks and curves of Pikes Peak. What makes this race particularly scary is the shortage of safety barriers or guard rails on the edge of the road, meaning any mistake will have the rider looking at 500 metres of down.

The Super Duke R puts out 177 hp at 9,750 rpm and 141 Nm torque at 7,000 rpm from its 1,301 cc liquid-cooled, 75-degree V-twin.The Super Duke R comes with two options packages which can be combined – the Performance Pack that adds motor slip regulation, a quickshifter and KTM MY Ride and the Track Pack which allows for fuel mapping, anti-wheelie off and MTC slip and launch control

In Malaysia, the 2017 KTM Super Duke R retails for RM118,000, including GST, but excluding road tax, insurance and registration, with its primary local competition being the Ducati Monster 1200 S at RM119,000. An in-depth review of the KTM Super Duke R will be coming soon.