What was looking to be a record-setting celebratory run up
the famed Pikes Peak International Hill Climb (PPIHC) in Colorado Springs,
Colorado turned to tragedy and sadness this past Sunday as famed racer Carlin
Dunne crashed near the top of the course and unfortunately passed away.
Dunne, aged 36, was a highly skilled and accomplished rider with the accolades to back it up. He was already a four-time Pikes Peak champion and during his final run of the event onboard a prototype Ducati Streetfighter V4 for team Spider Grips Ducati was on pace to set a new record and take home his fifth title.
As he made his way up the 12.42-mile course with its 156 turns Dunne was in the last of the four sections and on the last turn before the finish line when he highsided, according to a release from the PPIHC Race Director and Race Safety Team. The onsite medivac helicopter flew Dunne to Penrose-St Francis hospital in Colorado Springs where he was unfortunately pronounced dead.
Beyond his remarkable talent on two wheels, Dunee was well extremely liked and respected far beyond the motorcycling community for his kindness, gentle spirit, easy going nature, and cheerful smile. In a joint statement issued from PPIHC and Ducati North America, Jason Chinnock, Ducatai North America’s CEO stated: “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.”