The 2014 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb has been struck by tragedy following the death of a 54-year-old motorcycle racer this afternoon.
Bobby Goodin, a resident of Flower Mound, Texas, has passed away after sustaining injuries when he crashed his Triumph Daytona 675R just seconds after he completed his run this morning.
The Colorado Springs Gazette reports that Goodin lost control of the bike while trying to slow down in a gravel parking lot atop Pikes Peak.
The bike ended up going airborne and Goodin landed on a nearby area of rocks. EMTs found him face down and unconscious, then gave him continuous CPR until he was taken away from the summit by a Flight for Life helicopter to Penrose Main Hospital in Colorado Springs.
Per the Gazette, Flight for Life left the summit an hour after the crash, and the Hill Climb was delayed by more than an hour and a half. Then, early this evening, the El Paso County (Colo.) Sheriff’s Office confirmed that Goodin had died.
He is the first motorcycle rider to die in the PPIHC since Bill Gross in 1982.
“It sucks the joy right out of it,” competitor Dan Elders told the Gazette. “They’re our compatriots. We all love the same thing.
“When you lose someone, it hurts.”
Goodin was competing in his second PPIHC after finishing third in the 1250 Pro Class in his first appearance last year.
Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends at this time.
ANAHEIM, California – Ken Roczen will make the move from HRC Honda to H.E.P. Motorsports with the Progressive Ecstar Suzuki team, ending a long and eventful offseason that saw his split from his longstanding team after he committed to running World Supercross (WSX).
“H.E.P. Motorsports is thrilled to announce that the team has signed Ken Roczen as its premier rider for the 2023 season,” the team announced on Instagram. “Former AMA Motocross champion Roczen will be aboard a Suzuki RM-Z450. Roczen, who won his most recent championship on a Suzuki, will be reunited with the brand and bring his exciting style, determination, and grit back to the RM Army.
“Ken Roczen will compete in the upcoming 2023 Supercross and Motocross Championship series which is set to start on January 7 at Anaheim Stadium in Southern California.”
For Roczen, it is a return to the bike of his youth and on which he had some of his greatest professional success.
“This thing has been going on for weeks and weeks and weeks in the making, but there was so much uncertainty,” Roczen told NBC Sports during Monster Energy Supercross Media Sessions. “It was a very unique situation. I just finally signed two nights ago, so it’s really only legit once the ink hits the paper. It’s been in the works for a long time, but there were just a lot of questions and a lot of input from a lot of other teams too.
“Good things take time, and I’m okay with that. I grew up riding Suzuki. Ot’s like a homecoming. It’s a special feeling”
Roczen won the 2016 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship on a Suzuki before making the move to Honda. That year he won nine of 12 Nationals and finished no worse than second as he easily outpaced Eli Tomac by 86 points. He finished third in his next Pro Motocross outing in 2018 after sitting out the outdoor season in 2017.
“I am beyond excited to reconnect with Suzuki for the 3rd time in my career. We’ve had a lot of success in the past and I’m looking forward to seeing what we can accomplish together in our future.” Roczen said in the Instagram post.