Racer Carlin Dunne was from Santa Barbara, California.
Motorcyclist Carlin Dunne has died following injuries sustained in a crash during the 97th Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb on Sunday.
According to a published report on the Colorado Springs Gazette’s web site, Dunne raced around the final turn and was on the straightaway to the finish line when his 2019 Ducati Streetfighter V4 Prototype apparently hit a bump in the road and sent Dunne and his bike down the side of the mountain.
Dunne was the pole sitter for Sunday’s run after posting the top qualifying time. He was the defending champion in the Heavyweight Division and finished 10th overall in 2018.
Pikes Peak International Hill Climb officials and Ducati issued a joint statement late Sunday afternoon:
The collective hearts of the Colorado Springs community and the Board of Directors of The Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, along with Ducati North America, share the grief and pain of Carlin Dunne’s family, friends and fans over his untimely death.
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.
“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,” said Jason Chinnock, CEO Ducati North America.
With our deepest condolences,
The Board of Directors of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb
Ducati North America
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