This is extremely sorrowful. We can’t believe it; we don’t want to believe it. Carlin Dunne, Ducati Team Spider Grips rider, died at Pikes Peak. It was only a few days ago when we reported about him going to ride the Ducati Streetfighter V4 prototype at Pikes Peak and we were so excited about it. And now, things have taken a drastic and unfortunate turn.
“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 the sport”, The Board of Directors of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb.
Carlin dominated the first three sessions of the race at Pikes Peak. He was the fastest at the end of the qualifying session and secured the pole position. Unfortunately, during the final run, he fell just a few meters before the finish line.
“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.
We have lost a great rider, a great human being. Our deepest condolences are with Carlin Dunne’s family, friends and fans over his untimely death. Godspeed.