Victory Project 156 At Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. Agressive Pace But Crash.

0-2015_156_Pikes_Peak_236-(Large)Victory Racing experienced some highs and lows with racing this weekend after Project 156, ridden by Cycle World Editor Don Canet, crashed in the second section of the mountain course and stopped running less than 2 miles from the summit of the Pikes Peak’s finish line following an aggressive starting pace that proved the potential of the prototype engine.

Canet had qualified first in the Exhibition Class a few days before the race and was buoyed by qualifying fourth overall. Early on in the race, Don was posting speeds on Project 156 that were putting him in the running for an overall podium finish until he touched the slippery white paint in section two’s Brown Bush corner, one of the tightest corners out of the 156 turns, resulting in a minor “lowside” that would cause issues later in the run.

Don was rolling again in 23 seconds and resumed his fast pace. In the third section he was back on race pace posting the fifth fastest split time overall. Alas, it was not meant to be and he had to retire in the fourth and final section of the course around 13,000ft elevation. After such a promising start following practice and qualifying, the Victory Racing team began to set its sights on not just winning their class, but taking the overall lowest time in the motorcycle category.

Canet said: “I was off to a strong start and competitive with the fastest bikes on the mountain. My disappointment is more for the team and how much work they put into Project 156 from the very beginning. The bike was working really well today despite being a prototype and being rebuilt after the practice crash a few weeks ago. To go fast here you have to ride outside the paint lines and I got caught out crossing over one. I never let go of the handlebars and got right back up again but unfortunately the bike stopped running in the last section. Overall, I’m really proud of the team’s effort.”

3-Pikes_Peak_128-(Large)Victory Motorcycles General Manager Rod Krois said: “The Victory team didn’t shy away from the challenge of racing Pikes Peak. Racing is the ultimate test for any machine and on the back of a podium at the Isle of Man TT a few weeks ago we were hoping for a strong result with Project 156 as well. We know that Don and the team were pushing hard to take a position on the overall podium and we absolutely support their commitment to racing as hard as possible at Pikes Peak this year.”

“We committed to racing a prototype Victory engine in one of the toughest ways possible, and we succeeded in showing how strong an engineering team we have at Victory Motorcycles to develop a competitive motor in such a short time,” said Polaris Motorcycles Product Director Gary Gray. “We may not have ended up with the result we all wanted today – but I can say that the Project 156 represents the two things that Victory stands for – performance and exhilaration. We got the bike back down to the pits after the race, and were able to fire it up. It looks like the crash may have resulted in an electrical issue that ended this run for Project 156. The team is investigating to find the specific issue, and we want to bring Project 156 back to the race again.”


12 Responses to “Victory Project 156 At Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. Agressive Pace But Crash.”

  1. 1 Chris Jun 30th, 2015 at 9:21 am

    Congratulations to the entire Victory team. Even considering the failure to finish, all those involved should be proud of their accomplishments. The attempt is good for the American Motorcycle industry and I wish all those involved good luck in the future.

  2. 2 Rodent Jun 30th, 2015 at 9:32 am

    At least they attempted to conquer Pikes Peak, instead of building a monument to themselves.

  3. 3 SMM Jun 30th, 2015 at 9:41 am

    For all of us Victory fans we’re sorry that we didn’t make the finish, but very excited for what Victory is doing and what will come of it in terms of new production bikes. Way to go guys!

  4. 4 tundra Jun 30th, 2015 at 10:53 am

    Bummer it was a DNF, but glad Mr. Canet came away unscathed. Gallant effort for sure. Looking forward to greater success in the future.

  5. 5 nicker Jun 30th, 2015 at 1:45 pm

    Posting that type of performance first time out is a “win” any way ya look at it.
    Congratulations to all involved.


  6. 6 KneesInTheBreeze Jul 1st, 2015 at 2:41 pm

    Had to chime in on this one. This is a huge accomplishment for Victory and RSD. This bike is laying one heck of a foundation to build on. Big props to Victory for all of these “side projects” they’re doing in racing. The technology and lessons learned will ultimately make its way to their production bikes.
    I was there in Daytona this year when they debuted their new bagger. That thing is sweet! A lot of little extras that I have to pay to get on my Road Glide. It was comfortable to sit on, looked great and had a killer sound system! If I wouldn’t lose my rear end on the deal, I’d be tempted to trade in my RG.
    Keep up the great work, Victory!

  7. 7 Blackmax Jul 1st, 2015 at 5:06 pm

    Agree with all of the above !!!
    Too bad they could not finish the race
    Still a hearty well done for a superb effort !!
    Glad everyone is alright & we’ll get them next year
    Way to go Polaris for the R & D !!!

  8. 8 BobS Jul 1st, 2015 at 7:17 pm

    I was really rooting and hoping to see a podium finish but as a race fan I know this stuff goes hand in hand with the sport. A very exciting time to be a fan of Victory motorcycles for sure.

  9. 9 Pop Jul 2nd, 2015 at 6:24 pm

    Note the term used by Polaris Motorcycles Product Director Gary Gray
    “performance and exhilaration”.

    That is not the first time that phrase has been uttered by someone who has either Polaris or Victory on their paycheck letterhead.

    This prototype is not a side project for Victory. Polaris is a motorsport company. Indian will be the motor and Victory will be the sport. Vics will look more like this little beast than the cruisers that they are now before the decade ends I wager.

    I kind of wish it were otherwise. I am one of the lucky few who got to know and enjoy the Cross Country but it’s going to end up a footnote once Polaris rejiggers it’s branding ethos.

  10. 10 zipper Jul 5th, 2015 at 1:08 pm

    This was a win for Victory and RSD. To design, engineer, and actually get any race vehicle from the drawing board to the track is a tremendous feat in itself, and after the practice crash too get it back on the track in time for the race takes extreme dedication from all involved. I’m happy that DC was not injured but sad about the DNF. Better luck next time. ..Z

  11. 11 Mike Jul 6th, 2015 at 7:54 am

    We are all proud of the team and glat Don is not hurt.

    You guys are very cool !

  12. 12 Robert Pandya Jul 6th, 2015 at 8:24 am

    This was a huge effort. Loads of commitment. Loads of attention. Thanks to those who get what Victory is taking on. Epic is as epic does I suppose.

    Robert Pandya

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