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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 06-21-2017, 02:09 PM Thread Starter
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Multistrada 950 EMT Motorcycles Will Appear At 2017 Pikes Peak Hill Climb

Motorcycle paramedics are a common sight at races on closed private roads and Pikes Peak International Hill Climb will finally be getting two of their very own this year. Ducati will be outfitting two Multistrada 950s to be used as EMT bikes during the 12.42 mile race.

Perhaps this addition to the second oldest automobile race has been a long time coming considering the 156 corners riders have to go through, most of which are hairpin and blind, and with a finish line located at an elevation of 14,115 feet. Unfortunately, crashes are all too common when it comes to motorcycle racing and rider safety is always a concern.

For 2017, we saw an opportunity to further enhance the safety of all participants by incorporating moto EMTs for rapid response in the case of a course incident. This is extremely important when the emergency support teams are covering a course of more than 12 miles up a mountain peak” said Jason Chinnock, CEO of Ducati North America

The Pikes Peak Hill Climb course is slightly too long to have a series of ambulances and medical cars, so rapid response motorcycles will be able to cut into the circuit quite quickly. Piloting the bikes are Dr. Gary Klein and Duxton Milam, the former being a long-time race physician and the latter is part of the 20 years of EMT experience and is a veteran flight medic with the National Guard.

On top of two new EMT motorcycles, the riders themselves will be educated on safety by the Race Smart Program’s Pikes Peak Squadra Alpina (PPSA) team.
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I've always held a large amount of respect for motorcycle paramedics, they're the first ones on the scene and well versed in treating crash patients. They even have to ride at high speeds around dangerous tracks just to get to the scene.

There was a notable Irish EMT motorcyclist who died in the line of duty. Wish I knew Dr. John Hinds personally, but he was an amazing rider and paramedic.
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