- Carlin Dunne died Sunday near the summit of Pikes Peak as he attempted a record-breaking run.
- A later investigation found no signs of mechanical failure.
- After reviewing footage from the event, it appears Dunne highsided going into the last turn before the finish line.
The 36-year-old rider was gunning for the motorcycle speed record.
Tragedy struck on the slopes of Pikes Peak today, as Ducati Carlin Dunne fatally crashed during a record-breaking run. Today was meant to be a defining moment in Dunne’s career, but he ultimately lost control less than a quarter mile from the finish line.
As Dunne rode Ducati’s latest Streetfighter V4 prototype, he smashed the first three sector times on his run. The Pikes Peak International Hill Climb and Ducati North America issued a statement on the his tragic death.
Jason Chinnock, CEO of Ducati North America said, “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.”
Not only was Carlin Dunne a remarkable rider in his own right, but he also helped other riders to ride up the dangerous mountain. His death, therefore, comes as a serious blow to the community of enthusiasts who flock to Pikes Peak every year to run the notorious hill climb.
Update 7/3/2019: An investigation into the accident concluded mechanical failure was not to blame. Investigators believe Dunne highsided going into the final corner before the finish line.
With the rest of the community, we at TFL extend our heartfelt condolences to Dunne’s family, friends, and teammates in the wake of his untimely, tragic passing.