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Motorcycles Will Not Take Part in the 2020 Pikes Peak Hillclimb

The decision comes after the death of four-time motorcycle champion Carlin Dunne at this year’s event.

According to Motorsport.com, the event’s board of directors convened shortly after the incident to review options.

“It was decided that in order to determine the long-term viability of the motorcycle program, there will be no motorcycle program offered in 2020 so that race organizers can gather data and analytics to review  more  thoroughly the impact on the overall event in the absence of this program,” the statement said.

“Motorcycles have been a part of the PPIHC for the past 29 years, and their history on America’s Mountain dates back to the inaugural running in 1916,” said Pikes Peak hillclimb chairman Tom Osborne. “That said, the motorcycle program hasn’t been an annual event,” Osborne added. “They have run 41 of the 97 years we’ve been racing on Pikes Peak. It’s just time to take a hard look at every aspect of the race, including the motorcycle program, and determine whether or not the event may change.”

The board of directors says it will continue tracking data into 2020 to determine a long-term future  for motorcycles at the event, to be announced at the end of next year.

Source: Road and Track  Image: Getty