Ducati rider and tester Andrea Rossi piloted the Ducati Multistrada 1260 Enduro to first place in the twin-cylinder category of the Transanatolia Rally, and ninth place overall in the off-road competition. The Transanatolia Rally is one of the world's top rally-raid events taking participants over rocky terrain and sand as well as dirt roads. The 2020 edition of the Transanatolia Rally was held between August 15-22 and included the departure from Istanbul, to arrive in Sile, crossing the cities of Abant, Aymana and Karadag, covering 2,850 km.
The Multistrada 1260 Enduro used by Rossi in the week-long event in Turkey was equipped with bull-bars, radiator guards and type-approved silencer, all from the Ducati Performance accessories selection. The configuration was stock apart from a high saddle suitable for extreme off-road riding, suspension adjusted according to the type of route and side number plates required by race regulations.
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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.
In all, Rossi covered 7 stages in 7 days, with a daily average of 450 km for 8 hours of navigation per day. He used the bike to climb up to 3,000 metres above sea level and reached a top speed of 203 kmph on the salt lake of Tuz Golu. Ducati has been collaborating with Rossi since 2013, and the off-road motorcyclist is now a test rider for the Italian manufacturer.