KTM dropped the prototype of the 1290 Super Duke R at the Festival of Speed at Goodwood.In his first public appearance, the former MotoGP racer and current test rider for KTM, Jeremy McWilliams, had to use all his experience to tame the “beast” on the two miles of narrow and dangerous path of stroke. Five demonstration sessions were held in three days.
The engine of this new machine is based on that of the 1190 RC8 R. This prototype has many similarities with the production model of the new 1290 Super Duke R, scheduled for release later in the year.
For fans of machinery, few events can compete with the Festival of Speed at Goodwood, large gathering of two and four exotic and historic wheels.
With the semi-free Akrapovic exhaust emitting a roar up to 125 dB, we can say that the new monster KTM was able to be heard. But it is the driver who had the last word.
Jeremy McWilliams gradually took confidence and ended up recording an impressive chrono (but unofficial) 54 seconds per lap, with a top speed of 220 km / h, sometimes on one wheel.
Jeremy McWilliams: “I flew excellent machines Goodwood, but never as wild as” the Beast. ” She wears really well named. From the first second test, the night before the festival, I realized that I could make a great lap. I think the show was quality, because the reactions of the bike were amazing, and not just from the public! Kevin Schwantz told me that this was the bike that made him the strongest impression the festival and he really wanted to try it. “.