Motorcycle land-speed record holder Bill Warner dies after crashing at 285 mph [video]

Motorcycle land-speed record holder Bill Warner died on Sunday after crashing during an attempt at setting a new record on the runway of a former air base in northern Maine.

The 44-year old Bill Warner was doing around 285 mph, when he lost control of his modified turbocharged Suzuki Hayabusa motorcycle and moved off the runway.

Details are limited and it is not known what exactly went wrong, though his crew suspects there were mechanical difficulties and a slight breeze.

After the crash Warner was taken to the hospital in Caribou where he died an hour and 15 minutes later.

Warner was attempting to reach 300 mph in one mile. His land-speed record 211.945 mph in 1.5 miles was set on the same runway back in 2011.

image via: http://lta-lsr.com


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