BOSSES at the Pike’s Peak International Hill Climb have taken a shock decision to axe motorbikes from their 2020 race programme as they assess the category’s viability.
This year’s race, which was marred by the death of multi-time winner and former outright lap record holder Carlin Dunne, was won by Rennie Scaysbrook after the Aprilia rider set a new mark of 9:44.963sec.
But now, event chiefs want to look at what the future of the two-wheeled class holds.
A statement reads:
The Board of Directors of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb recently convened to review the 2019 event. It was decided that in order to determine the long-term viability of the motorcycle program there will be no motorcycle program offered in 2020 so that race organizers can gather data and analytics to review more thoroughly the impact on the overall event in the absence of this program.
“Motorcycles have been a part of the PPIHC for the past 29 years, and their history on America’s Mountain dates back to the inaugural running in 1916,” said Tom Osborne, Chairman. “That said, the motorcycle program hasn’t been an annual event. They have run 41 of the 97 years we’ve been racing on Pikes Peak. It’s just time to take a hard look at every aspect of the race, including the motorcycle program, and determine whether or not the event may change,” he added.
PPIHC staff and board members will continue to track all metrics related to the annual race and make a final determination in late 2020 about whether or not the inclusion of a motorcycle program will take place in future years.
Ref: UK Clubsport