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Ultra AL
07-15-2013, 12:24 AM
From the Houston Chronicle:

A motorcycle racer trying to top 300 mph died Sunday after losing control and zooming off a runway at a former air base in northern Maine.
Bill Warner (http://www.chron.com/?controllerName=search&action=search&channel=news%2Fus&search=1&inlineLink=1&query=%22Bill+Warner%22), 44, of Wimauma, Fla., was clocked at 285 mph before he lost control but it was unclear how fast the motorcycle was traveling when it veered off the paved runway and crashed, said Tim Kelly (http://www.chron.com/?controllerName=search&action=search&channel=news%2Fus&search=1&inlineLink=1&query=%22Tim+Kelly%22), race director theLoring Timing Association (http://www.chron.com/?controllerName=search&action=search&channel=news%2Fus&search=1&inlineLink=1&query=%22Loring+Timing+Association%22), which hosted "The Maine Event" at Loring Air Force Base (http://www.chron.com/?controllerName=search&action=search&channel=news%2Fus&search=1&inlineLink=1&query=%22Loring+Air+Force+Base%22).
Warner was conscious and talking after the crash just befor 10 a.m., Kelly said, but he died about an hour and 15 minutes later at a hospital in Caribou.
"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," Kelly said.
Riding his modified turbocharged Suzuki Hayabusa, Warner previously hit 311 mph on the same course in 2011, using 1.5 miles of pavement. That's considered to be the world land speed record for a conventional motorcycle, Kelly said.
This time he was trying to hit 300 mph using just a mile of pavement, and he'd made several passes before the one in which he crashed, Kelly said.

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Bagger Dave
07-15-2013, 12:26 AM
wow...sorry to hear RIP

RedneckMedic
07-15-2013, 11:24 AM
Wow but if your going to go thats one hell of a way to do it!

bombdog
07-15-2013, 11:36 AM
Wow but if your going to go thats one hell of a way to do it!

X2 I have friends that have died in avalanches and kayaking better to die doing what you love than laying in a bed for a few years.

Gas Man
07-15-2013, 12:16 PM
I echo what was said... that's one hell of a way to go but damn... cutting it short.

RIP Speed Rider!