Speed Racer dies at 285mph
A motorbike racer from Wimauma in the US has lost his life whilst attempting to break the land speed record for a conventional motorbike.
Bill Warner, 44, who already held the record after he hit 311mph over 1.5 miles in 2011, was hoping to break 300mph over a mile on his specially modified and turbocharged Suzuki Hayabusa. He was attempting the record at a former airbase in Maine; he had already made a few runs and was clocked at 285mph when he lost control. 400 spectators watched as he and the bike veered off the runway just after the 1 mile mark. He was conscious and talking after the accident but died later in a nearby medical centre.
Tim Kelly, race director for the Loring Timing Association had this to say, "No one will touch Bill's achievements or be the type of racer he was. He was a personal friend and the land-racing community is less for his loss."
The event was cancelled after the incident and police are investigating its causes.
Quotes taken from The Tampa Bay Times
15.07.13 - MCE Insurance