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Jul 11, 2019

Report: Pikes Peak International Hill Climb Officials Considering Eliminating Motorcycles From Event...Again

Carlin Dunne (5), as seen during testing on his Ducati Streetfighter V4 prototype. Photo courtesy of Ducati.

Following the fatal accident of Carlin Dunne during this year's Pikes Peak International Hill Climb (PPIHC), the third fatal accident involving a motorcycle competitor in the last five years, race officials are once again considering banning motorcycles from the historic race.

According to an article appearing at Gazette.com, the online presence of The Gazette, Colorado Springs, Colorado's daily newspaper, PPIHC Executive Director Megan Leatham wrote an e-mail to Colorado Springs city officials and U.S. Forest Service officials following Dunne's accident in which she expressed that the last motorcycle had competed in the event.

Read The Gazette's entire article HERE.

In 2014, Bobby Goodin died from injuries he sustained when he crashed immediately after crossing the finish line at the summit of Pikes Peak.

In 2015, Carl Sorensen lost his life when he crashed during practice.

Following these fatal accidents PPIHC officials reverted to a previously used rule mandating only motorcycles that are produced with a one-piece handlebar may be raced in the event. The rule went back into use in 2016.

Motorcycles have been banned from the PPIHC at five different times in the past, according to a press release issued by PPIHC in 2015.

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