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Athlete Carlin Dunne attends the Premiere Of Red Bull Media House’s “On Any Sunday, The Next Chapter” at Dolby Theatre on October 22, 2014, in Hollywood. (Alberto E. Rodriguez, Getty Images)

COLORADO SPRINGS — A prominent motorcycle racer has died after he crashed near the finish line of a race he had won four times, the Colorado Springs Gazette reports.

Carlin Dunne died Sunday at the 97th Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, officials said in a news release.

The newspaper reports that Dunne, who is from Santa Barbara, California, crashed his 2019 Ducati Streetfighter V4 Prototype near the finish line.

An ambulance was dispatched to the finish area after the crash. A Gazette reporter witnessed bike shrapnel going over the right edge of the road about 20 yards from the finish line.

The Gazette says that throughout the morning, riders had trouble with a small hump in the road near the summit. Multiple witnesses said they believed Dunne hit the bump at a high speed, which caused his front wheel to spin out.

The Pikes Peak International Hill Climb is a 12.42-mile race to the summit of Pikes Peak. Dunne, 36, had won the legendary race four times and was defending his title when he was killed Sunday morning.

The newspaper says this is the seventh death associated with the Hill Climb.

Denver7 contributed to this report.

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