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Ducati Multistrada 1260 Nabs Impressive Finish At Transanatolia Rally

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Ducati seems to be pretty serious about showing off the off-road chops of its Multistrada 1260 Enduro choosing one of the world’s top rallies to put it to the test. The Italian marque recently entered their 158-horsepower bike in the 2,058 km Transanatolia Rally, amid a field of enduro machines, to prove it is no slouch in the dirt. 

While the top two spots were taken by Dakar legends Xavier de Soultrait and Adrien Van Beveren aboard their competition 450 rally bikes, the Ducati Multistrada 1260 Enduro took first place in the twin-cylinder category and ninth overall with factory tester Andrea Rossi in the saddle. Riding a near stock bike, Rossi completed the gruelling 7-day off-road competition in 27 hours and 8 minutes, beating all 450cc+ bikes, including a KTM 790 Adventure R and Yamaha Tenere 700.

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The Multistrada raced in Turkey equipped with crash-bars, radiator guards and type-approved silencer, all from the Ducati Performance accessories catalog. The configuration was standard with the exception of a high saddle more suitable for extreme off-road, suspension adjusted according to the type of route, and side number plates required by race regulations.


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The Multistrada 1260 Enduro covered 7 stages in 7 days, with a daily average of 450 km for 8 hours of navigation per day. It climbed a mountain up to 3,000 meters above sea level and reached a top speed of 203 km/h on the salt lake of Tuz Golu. 

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“Since 2016 I started working with Ducati on the development of the Multistrada Enduro project, so I know very well its potential, its robustness and its countless qualities, which is why it was decided to participate in a demanding rally like the Transanatolia with a practically standard bike,” explained Andrea Rossi. “The rally proved to be even more challenging and complete than I thought. We had to tackle exhausting stages of slow, stony and technically punishing mountain, very fast stages on the Anatolian dirt tracks and stages on the sand of the Black Sea beaches. The Multistrada 1260 Enduro overcame all adversities in an excellent way. For me it was a great joy to take it to victory in the twin-cylinder category and in the top 10 of the overall classification”.

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The Transanatolia Rally is one of the world’s top rally-raid events. The Turkish race is very demanding and sees both professional and amateur riders at the start. The route is characterized by extremely rocky terrain that alternates with dirt roads, sand and very fast stages. The 2020 edition was held between 15 and 22 August and the itinerary included the departure from Istanbul to arrive in Şile, crossing the cities of Abant, Aymana and Karadag, for a total of 2,850 km. 

Ducati has been collaborating with Andrea Rossi since 2013, the enduro and rally rider was the lead instructor at the DRE Enduro Academy and is now a tester-rider for the Borgo Panigale motorbike manufacturer.

Transanatolia Rally Results

Pos Drivers Class Vehicle Total Time
1  XAVIER DE SOULTRAIT B1 Husqvarna FE450 20:28:57.7
2  ADRIEN VAN BEVEREN B1 Yamaha 450F 20:41:11.5
3  JACOPO CERUTTI B1 Husqvarna FE450 20:54:50.8
4  ALESSANDRO BOTTURI B1 Yamaha WR450 21:01:26.0
5  MAURIZIO GERINI B1 Husqvarna FE450 22:04:58.4
6  PAOLO LUCCI B1 Husqvarna FE450 23:04:01.7
7  CAMILLE CHAPELIERE B1 KTM 450 25:05:27.0
8  EJDER ERİŞTİ B1 KTM 450 EXC 27:06:07.3
9  ANDREA ROSSI B3 Ducati Multistrada 1260 27:08:43.9
10  SERKAN ÖZDEMİR B3 KTM 790 ADV 28:04:10.2
11  MICHIEL VERSTOCKT B1 Husqvarna FE450 30:41:51.6
12  FABIO MARCACCINI B1 Husqvarna FE450 31:01:33.2
13  OĞUZ KÜÇÜKBARAK B2 KTM 500 EXC 31:07:58.9
14  DENİZ ALGÜN B2 KTM EXC 500 33:54:32.6
15  ALESSANDRO PETERSEN B2 Husqvarna FE501 34:03:56.0
16  FRANCESCA GASPERI B1 Husqvarna FE350 34:20:03.6
17  MURAT KORKMAZ B1 KTM 450 EXC 38:31:01.9
18  ALİ BAŞAKINCI B1 Beta 430RR 40:29:55.0
19  MURAT YAZICI B3 Ducati MTS950 40:34:58.5
20  ÖZGÜR ARSEVEN B2 KTM 500EXC-F 42:51:38.7
21  HANZADE YILDIZ B1 KTM 250EXC*F 46:55:53.6
22  SERHAT ERKİŞİ B1 KTM EXC EFI 47:07:32.2
23  FILIPPO COLOMBO B3 Yamaha Tenere 700 48:08:36.9

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