Written by Johnathan Bodily
As the Peak’s undisputed King of the Hill, Mr. Tajima has been without peer in his most recent, record-breaking performances. With his record time of 10 minutes, 1.408 seconds posted in 2007, Tajima and his team broke a Pikes Peak mark in the books since 1994. A Pikes Peak competitor since 1988, Monster recorded his first class win in 1993, and took his first overall title in 1995 aboard a twin-engined Escudo (Vitara in the States).
Despite missing his goal – the ten-minute barrier – as well as his record time of 2007, Monster was clearly dominant in the Unlimited division, besting the second place team – with his time of 10 minutes, 15.368 seconds – by 1:13. The Open Wheel class victory went to Paul Dallenbach, finishing with the day’s second best time of 10:52.097. This year marks the 4th consecutive overall win for Tajima and his team.
Monster’s Hillclimb Special – featuring a steel space frame, along with carbon and Kevlar composite bodywork – is modeled after Suzuki’s own dual-sport, the SX4 Crossover. Monster’s Special proves far more capable on the mountain, while the civilian variant continues to boast an innovative all-wheel drive platform and America’s #1 warranty.
Monster’s win capped a weekend of success for Suzuki-mounted competitors. Suzuki’s Rockstar Makita teams took overall wins in both the 450 and 250 classes in Millville, Minnesota, while the Suzuki ATV team took the top podium spot in Armagh, Pennsylvania.
For overall results from this week’s efforts, go http://www.monster-sport.com/ppihc/e/report/.
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