Carlin Dunne, 36 lost his life in a fatal crash while racing at the 97th Pikes Peak International Hill Climb on Sunday. Dunne, was riding Ducati V4 and competing under heavyweight division, lost his control towards the finish line while trying to break his own record. Dunne was the fastest rider previous year, where he set a winning time of 9:59.102 mins on a Multistrada 1260 Pikes Peak.
PPIHC (Pikes Peak International Hill Climb) and Ducati North America released a joint statement saying, “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.”