Factory Ducati rider Carlin Dunne has died of injuries suffered in today’s Pikes Peak International Hill Climb.
The 36-year-old from Santa Barbara, California, had been riding a Ducati Streetfighter V4 Prototype rider entered in the Exhibition Powersport class,
According to Ducati, Dunne “fell just a few meters before the finish line, after having dominated the first three sessions of the race and ready to set [a] new record.” His is believed to be the seventh death associated with the event in its 97-year history.
A joint statement issued this afternoon by PPIHC and Ducati North America read:
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.
Dunne was a four-time and defending winner at Pikes Peak. No official details regarding the cause of the accident had been released at the time of publication.