Carlin Dunne, 36, lost his life after a crash at the 97th Pikes Peak International Hill Climb on Sunday. Dunne, who was riding a Ducati Streetfighter V4 is said to have crashed near the finish line while competing in the heavyweight division.
Reports suggest that the ace rider was on his way to break his own record at the Pikes Peak before the crash. Dunne was also the fastest rider last year, where he set a winning time of 9:59.102 min on a 2018 Multistrada 1260 Pikes Peak.
A joint statement issued by PPIHC (Pikes Peak International Hill Climb) and Ducati North America said, “throughout the 97 years that this unique race has been conducted on America’s Mountain, we have experienced the ultimate joy in victory, the disappointment of failure and now, the unexpected heartbreak of the loss of a competitor, whose love of the race brought him to Pikes Peak. We mourn the tragic death of Carlin and he will remain in our hearts forever as part of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb family. Carlin will be remembered as a warm-hearted mentor with a competitive spirit. He was a gentle and thoughtful man who touched everyone who met him. We will always remember his contagious smile and genuine love for sport.”
Jason Chinnock, CEO Ducati North America said, “There are no words to describe our shock and sadness. Carlin was part of our family and one of the most genuine and kind men we have ever known. His spirit for this event and love of motorcycling will be remembered forever as his passing leaves a hole in our hearts.”