Land Speed Record Holder Bill Warner Dies in 285 MPH Crash [Video]
Bill, 44, was attempting to beat his 2011 311 mph (500 km/h) record at the same Loring Air Force Base in Limestone, Maine. Used to race on 1.5-mile tracks, Bill was attempting a 1-mile run.
In an interview just minutes to the fatal race, Bill mentioned he was a bit worried by the increasing winds and remapped his heavily-modified Suzuki Hayabusa to generate a more manageable power rating at high speed, decreasing the wheelie effect.
Bill was clocked at 285 mph (458.5 km/h) at the mile marker, Race Director Tim Kelly declared. Shortly after this point, Bill's bike inexplicably veered off the paved runway and crashed into the vegetation.
According to eye witnesses, Bill was still conscious and talking as he was rushed to the hospital. Unfortunately he succumbed to the multiple injures about one hour after the unfortunate event.
Bill had just acquired the rights for the Houston Half Mile Shootout and had great plans for motorsport. Farewell Bill, you've been an inspiration for generations of racers. Your heritage will be remembered. Rest in peace!