Tragedy at Pikes Peak for Ducati as Carlin Dunne is killed.

It’s a tough task, when someone is killed racing a bike. We didn’t know Carlin, but were obviously aware of the success he’s had at Pikes Peak in the past. Winning in 2018 on the Multi 1260,  Dunne’s fourth victory at Pikes Peak last year gave Ducati their seventh victory on the mountain since their debut in 2008. Carlin was also the first rider to dip below the ten minute barrier in the Race to the Clouds.

Our condolences to Carlin Dunne’s family and friends, as well as to the wider family at Ducati North America and everyone on the Streetfighter V4 project.

Below is the official press release in full

Carlin Dunne, Ducati Team Spider Grips driver falls just a few meters before the finish line, after having dominated the first three sessions of the race and ready to set the new record.
This is the official announcement from the race organizers.
Colorado Springs, Colorado (US), 30 June 2019 – 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”. The Board of Directors of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb.

“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.