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After the deadly accident of Ducati-Pilot Carlin Dunne at the 2019 Bergen Pikes Peak, the organizers had discussed the abolition of motorcycle classes. No motorcycle competitions have been carried out since 2020. Now there is the final decision: Motorcycles are definitively excluded.

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Ducati-Pilot Carlin Dunne was on a record at Pikes Peak mountain race in 2019 when he crashed shortly before the aim of extreme soil waves with his Ducati V4 Streetfighter prototypes and shortly thereafter his injuries succeeded. The horror after the tragic accident was great. Dunne was already the third motorcyclist since 2014, who came to death on the track. After the accident, a discussion about the continuation of motorcycle classes at Pikes Peak HillClimb was unbound among the organizers.

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After two years, the Board of Pikes Peak International Hill Climb has now decided to complete the motorcycle competition within the framework of the annual race. "Motorcycle competitions have been part of the history of the race since 1916 and were exciting and tragic both for the participants and the fans," said Fred Veitch, interim chairman of the board. "This was a long process and a difficult decision, but we believe that it is the right decision and currently in the best interest of the organization."

2020 and 2021 Already without motorcycles

As early as 2019, race master Megan Leatham had been reflected in an e-mail over one end of the two-wheeled classes. Jack Glavan, responsible for the route, had indicated at that time, it was lying in his power to cancel individual classes or even the whole race for security reasons. 2020 and 2021 the bikes remained excluded from the race to the clouds. Carlin Dunnes mother, Romie Gallardo, has spoken out in an official statement a few days after the deadly accident, however, for continuation of motorcycle races. Her son would have wanted it that way.

Super athletes excluded from the regulations

Already years ago, the organizers had adjusted the motorcycles regulations so that super sport motorcycles were no longer approved. Too great was the fear of an incalculable power competition on the mountain when true superbikes would compete. But then different manufacturers had taken super-naked bikes in the program, which were not affected by this super sport rule, but almost their level of performance reach. For the Ducati V4 Streetfighter of Carlin Dunne, more than 200 hp were speculated well.

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