The prominent motorcycle racer died on Sunday after he crashed near the finish line of an event he had won four times in the past. Having started the event on pole position, Dunne was on his way to setting a new fastest motorcycle speed record when he crashed less than a quarter of a mile from the finish line on board a 2019 Ducati Streetfighter V4 Prototype.
Officials confirmed his tragic death in a statement on Sunday night.
An ambulance was dispatched to the finish area after the crash. A Colorado Springs Gazette reporter witnessed bike shrapnel going over the right edge of the road about 20 yards from the finish line.
“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,” the race’s organisers said in a statement.”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 of Ducati North America, said he and his company are devastated.
The Gazette reported that throughout the morning, riders had trouble with a small hump in the road near the summit. Multiple witnesses said they believed Dunne hit the bump at a high speed, which caused his front wheel to spin out.
This is the seventh death associated with the Hill Climb.
Source: The Independent