KTM took its 1290 Super Duke R prototype to the Goodwood Festival of Speed and made an impression on the Hill Climb course of this British event.
Making its first ever moving public appearance, former MotoGP pilot and current KTM development rider Jeremy McWilliams had to use his years of racing experience to keep »The Beast« under control around the narrow and hazardous 1.16 mile Hill Climb course.
Boasting »a lot more torque« than the 1190 RC8 R its engine originated from, the prototype has many similarities between itself and the new 1290 Super Duke R production model which is due later this year.
For petrolheads, there aren’t many events that can rival the Festival of Speed, as it brings together exotic and historic two and four-wheeled machines from the past and present.
With its almost open-piped Akrapovic system emitting a raucous 125db, fans around the straw bale-lined circuit couldn’t miss the sight and sound of »The Beast« in action. Complete with Dunlop slick tyres, McWilliams built up pace and confidence and was able to clock an impress (and unofficial) 54 second lap time, hitting speeds of 135 mph – sometimes on one wheel.